- Hong Kong
- Katherine Lee Yik Mei
Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the most important and bustling districts of Hong Kong. It’s where you can find large shopping malls, a ferry pier, lively and vibrant streets, galleries, and a variety of restaurants. Tourists can spend a busy and culturally stimulating day enjoying what the district has to offer as there’s plenty of scenic spots, here’s our selection of the best.
If you want to have a relaxing walk in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Park would be the perfect place for you. It’s where you can surround yourself with an abundance of plants and greenery, and take part in numerous activities, such as swimming, bird watching, and football. The area was originally the Whitfield Barracks, a military area for the British Army. After the war, however, it became Kowloon Park, complete with 13.3 hectares of space and now includes many recreational facilities, making it one of the best parks in Hong Kong.
The Avenue Of Stars
The Avenue of Stars is perfect for a scenic walk as it is located next to the breathtaking Victoria Harbour, allowing you to take in the expansive skyline of Hong Kong while walking around the avenue. Along the avenue, tourists can learn more about Hong Kong’s movie industry as there are numerous celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, commemorative plaques, and statues of film industry insiders. Two popular statues include a bronze rendering of the cartoon character, MuDull, and a life sized statue of Bruce Lee.
Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier
Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, also known as the Star Ferry Pier, is one of the most important landmarks in the district. The star ferries have been carrying passengers from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island since the 1880s. Although many new road and rail systems have been established, people still love taking the ferry as it allows passengers to take an up close look at the stunning harbor, which is a significant aspect of Hong Kong culture.
Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2367 7065
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Established in 1989, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre is the biggest multipurpose performance facility in the city where many operas, dance, drama shows, concerts and musical performances are held. A large concert hall inside can hold 2,019 people, while the grand theatre contains 1,734 seats; inside the venue, there’s also a studio theatre, an exhibition gallery, four foyer exhibition areas, and eleven rehearsal and practice rooms. The centre regularly holds art exhibitions and free foyer programmes, with the intent of nurturing a public interest in the arts. If you want to enjoy a relaxing night with great shows, the cultural centre would make for a perfect evening.
Hong Kong is best known as a shoppers’ paradise because it’s where consumers can find a wide range of luxury brands and a range of inexpensive gadgets. In Tsim Sha Tsui, there are plenty of shopping malls but Harbour City is not one to be missed as it is the largest and most diverse mall in Hong Kong. Spreading over two million square feet, Harbour City is saturated with over 450 shops, 50 restaurants, 2 cinemas, 3 hotels, and an incredibly luxurious private club. It’s the ideal venue for an eager shopper to indulge themselves.
Housed in a six story building and spread over 340,000 square feet, K11 is more than just a place for shopping. Besides a wide range of shops selling fashion, beauty and lifestyle products, there are also fantastic art exhibitions and events running all year round. It is said that K11 is the world’s first art mall; it tries to integrate elements of art and nature into the building through the placement of art and installations on each floor. Local artists are also continuously shown through 19 exhibition panels.
K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3118 8070
Kimberley Road is a very popular street in Tsim Sha Tsui as a lot of unique restaurants with plenty of character can be found there. The street, also know as Korean Street and Little Korea, is famous for the saturation of Korean restaurants and grocery stores which provides Hong Kong with the most authentic Korean cuisine. You can have different types of Korean food there, including the Korean BBQ, the orthodox Korean set meal, and innovative multicultural cuisines. The very famous Korean BBQ spot, Seorae, is also located on the street.
Dining At Shang Palace
Shang Palace, a luxurious restaurant located in the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, has been regarded as a Michelin two star restaurant for seven consecutive years. They specialize in Cantonese cuisine, but their dishes are not as traditional as other restaurants as they strive for the new and innovative; as a result, this makes the venue an attractive choice for diners. Dishes are all finely decorated and the food is exquisite. Combined with a relaxing ambiance, Shang Palace is a fine choice to dine out in.
Drinks At Aqua Spirit
If you’re in need of some relaxation to end your day, drinks in Aqua Spirit would be a fitting choice with their fantastic drinks and great atmosphere. Located on the 30th floor with incredible floor-to-ceiling windows, Aqua Spirit provides drinkers with the stunning views of Hong Kong’s skyline and Victoria Harbour, complemented with delectable cocktails. The atmosphere is lively and inviting, while the venue itself is styled with modern and sophisticated décor and seating.
If you feel like staying up or suddenly feel hungry late at night, head to Knutsford Terrace, a terrace street in Tsim Sha Tsui. The street is filled with bars, pubs, clubs and a wide range of fantastic restaurants to choose from. On Knutsford Terrace, you can expect to be served different types of cuisine followed by a relaxing after work drink. Some bars open until six in the morning, so the night of enjoyment and entertainment doesn’t have to end so soon. Tourists can immerse themselves in Hong Kong’s late night dining and drinking culture down this terrace street.