What to See in Kowloon
Kowloon has a lot going for it in terms of attractions. With a working harbour and many tourist attractions, the scene is set for many busy days and nights taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this bustling destination. From museums and galleries to the city's finest night markets and, of course, the stunning promenade just perfect for strolling arm-in-arm, you are never stuck for something to do in Kowloon.
Thanks to the space available in Kowloon, there are many unique facets to it and districts to discover, shopping haunts to explore, new dishes to try out and many, many unusual photograph opportunities. Take your time and plan ahead. See all of the best things to see and do in Kowloon listed below.
- sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Admission
- Symphony of Lights Show & Evening Cruise on Wing On
- Foodie Tour Experience in Sham Shui Po District
- Open-Top Bus Tour & Bauhinia Dinner Cruise
- Traveler's Retreat Spa Treatment
- Chuan Tao of Detox Spa Treatment
- Chuan Body Elements Spa Treatment
- Exclusive Discounted Spa Voucher
- Serenity Shen Spa Treatment
- Small-Group Around Kowloon in 8 Markets
All Attractions in Kowloon
Many beautiful birds can be seen here at this Chinese-style market, as well as a selection of traditional bird-keeping paraphernalia. Located on Yuen Po Street, the market contains some 70 songbird stalls as well as interesting courtyards and moon gates.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 20:00
- Location: Located on Yuen Po Street, Kowloon
Chi Lin Nunnery
This nunnery is known for its bold architectural style and beautiful statues made from gold, clay, wood and stone.
- Location: Located in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Type: Buddhist
- Address: 5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2354 1888
The Flower Market is a veritable jungle of exotic and colourful blossoms, lucky houseplants and sweet scents, all featured in more than 50 shops. Before Chinese New Year, families flock here to buy auspicious plants to celebrate the most important festival on the lunar calendar. Located on Flower Market Road.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00
- Location: Kowloon
Hong Kong citizens believe that aquariums bring luck and natural beauty to their apartments. This specialist market is the preferred source for goldfish and other exotic fish of every shape, size and colour. You can also buy aquariums, corals and aquatic ornaments here. Located on Tung Choi Street.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:00
- Location: Tung Choi Street North, Mong Kok, Kowloon
- How to get there: MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B2. Walk east along Prince Edward Road West until you reach the market.
MTR Mong Kok East Station, Exit C. Walk to Sai Yee Street via the footbridge and follow the signs.
Hong Kong Coliseum (locally known as Hung Hom Coliseum) is the leading entertainment venue in the city for sporting events and international music concerts. Located in Kowloon, it is easy to reach the 12,500 capacity seater venue by taking the MTR to Hung Hom Station. The iconic shape of Hong Kong Coliseum has been likened to an inverted pyramid which has been half buried and took several years to build, finally opening in 1983.
- Address: 9 Cheong Wan Rd, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2355 7234
The Hong Kong Cultural Centre hosts a regular bill of performances, including music concerts, European and Chinese opera, ballet and theatre. World-famous artists visiting Hong Kong will likely play here so it’s worth checking which performances are coming up before you visit. Inside there is a main concert hall, two theatres, and an exhibition gallery. Some smaller performances are also free to enter, especially in the afternoon. Read More...
- Address: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2734 2009
Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
This is a cultural museum for fans of history, providing detailed information about Hong Kong, with exhibits looking at the changing face of transport, work and prehistoric artefacts found on archaeological digs. To accompany the exhibits there are documentaries and models. Located in Kowloon Park, visitors can have a walk around the green expanse before or after a tour through Hong Kong’s history and culture. The museum is walking distance from MTR Tsim Sha Tsui. Entry is free.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
- Location: Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2208 4400
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is located right on the waterfront of Kowloon and displays the largest collection of fine art in Hong Kong. Containing Chinese and western art, painting and sculpture, exhibits are from antiquity right up to the present day and provides a full overview of the Hong Kong artistic movement. The four floors aren’t all full of world class art, but some pieces are fantastic just mixed in with some more mundane pieces. Entry is HK$10 and free on Wednesdays. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 weekdays; 10:00 - 19:00 weekends (Due to reopen in 2018)
- Address: 10 Salisbury Rd, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2721 0116
Hong Kong Museum of History is a three story venue with eight permanent exhibitions and a constant roster of temporary sections to enjoy. The Hong Kong Story is a fascinating permanent exhibition, detailing the origins of the city-state, from its time as a fishing village, through colonialization, right up to becoming one of the world’s largest centres of finance. Separate exhibitions include a look at prehistoric Hong Kong and The Japanese Occupation during WWII. There’s a café and a gift shop on the first floor. Admission is HK$10, although entry is free on Wednesdays. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 weekdays; 10:00 - 19:00 weekends and public holidays
- Address: 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2724 9042
The Hong Kong Science Museum is a great example of a modern, interactive museum that is educational, enlightening and a lot of fun for all ages. As you enter you will see the impressive sight of a full size DC3 aeroplane suspended from the ceiling but inside are plenty more ways to impress visitors. Lie on a bed of pins, see how renewable energy can charge your phone or see how our lives could be transformed by recycling plastics. There is a total of 18 different sections or galleries to discover and the vast majority of the museum is very ‘hands on’. You can even play a giant game of Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00
- Address: 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2732 3232
- Price Range: HK$25 for adults, HK$12.50
Jade market is a jewelry wholesale and retail area in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. It is the biggest outdoor market in Kowloon. Unlike Cat Street in Hong Kong Island, it is a flea market that is made up of mobile street vendors. There are more than 400 booths selling different kind of jade pendants, rings, and other jewelry. Read More...
- Location: Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
- How to get there: By MTR: get off at Yau Ma Tei Station. Take Exit C. Walk along Nathan Road to Kansu Street
Kowloon is primarily an urban and built-up environment so it's odds-on that you and your children will soon find yourself needing a bit of greenery. Kowloon Park, a beautiful green spot in the city, offers a wide selection of free activities for the kids to let off some steam, such as a swimming pool, a games area and an outdoor sculpture park.
There are plenty of paths for walking and lots of grassy spots for relaxing and taking things easy a little. The park also offers a lake, ponds, streams and classic Chinese gardens.
- Address: 22 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2724 3344
Kowloon Walled City Park
One of the original walled cities of the Hong Kong area has been preserved as a city park, complete with wonderful gardens, pavilions, sculptures and plenty of walkways. Although only the Old South Gate remains from the fabled Walled City, you can get a sense of these first settlers and their enclosed fortresses.
Nowadays the Walled City Park is a welcome change from the once squalid neighbourhood. The design of the park is based on the Jiangnan garden style of the early Qing Dynasty. It is divided into eight landscape features, with the Yamen, a three-hall structure fully restored in its Qing Dynasty appearance at its centre.
- Location: Kowloon
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum
This museum is located on Tonkin Street, a short walk from the Cheung Sha Wan MTR Station. The Museum is composed of an Eastern Han dynasty brick tomb and an exhibition gallery. The tomb was discovered in 1955.
According to the structure, calligraphy and content of the inscriptions on tomb bricks, it is believed that it was built in the Eastern Han dynasty (25 - 220 AD). The tomb was declared as a monument in 1988. Though it is closed to public for conservation reasons, visitors can still glimpse of the interior of the tomb through the glass panel at the Entrance Passage.
- Address: 41 Tonkin Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2386 2863
Star Ferry Crossing & Hong Kong Tram Line
In Hong Kong, one of life's simple pleasures is taking a ride on the Star Ferry from Kowloon across Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island and back. For those of you who aren't looking for a luxury cruise, the ferries of Hong Kong are the way to go. Just get on board and relax as you sail away…
The decks of the ferries offer striking views no matter the weather. Romantics will not want to miss this ride, particularly at twilight time, when it is especially enchanting with Hong Kong's cornucopia of neon lights aglow all around you. Another historical and economical way to get around Hong Kong – overland, this time – opened in 1904: the 13-kilometre-long Hong Kong Tram Line, which traverses Hong Kong Island from east to west on the north side.
Double-decker trams were introduced in 1912. Besides Hong Kong, Blackpool, England is the only other city in the world currently using a fleet of double-decker trams.
Hong Kong Symphony of Lights is the world's largest permanent light and sound show according to the Guinness World Records and includes 44 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour (and incidentally the light show setup cost 44 million HK dollars). The show creates an all-round vision of coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights performing a stunning, unforgettable spectacle synchronised to music and narration. Read More...
- Opening Hours: At 20:00 nightly
- Location: On both sides of Victoria Harbour
This is one of the liveliest night markets in Kowloon and is the place to go for cheap clothes, delicious open-air street stall food, watches, pirated CDs and DVDs, fake label clothing, sports and everyday footwear, cooking ware and household items.
Any marked prices should be taken as suggestions alone as this is definitely the place to bargain. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 23:00
- Location: In the areas of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon
- How to get there: MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane.
MTR Jordan Station, Exit A. Turn right onto Jordan Road and then take another right onto Temple Street.
The Avenue of Stars is a promenade located along the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Like the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood and the Avenue of Stars in London, it honours those who have made great contributions to the local film industry. The Hong Kong Film Award Board selected the list of 100 celebrities and the avenue reflects the golden age of the Hong Kong's film industry – the city was once called the “Hollywood of the East” in its heyday during the 80s' and 90s’. Read More...
- Location: Located at the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui, you can reach the Avenue of Stars by multiple bus lines that stop at the end of Nathan Road.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is the most popular temple in Hong Kong. The 18,000sqm temple is located in Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon and is dedicated to the three major religions in China – Taoism (Wong Tai Sin), Confucianism (Confucius) and Buddhism (Guanyin). It is not a common practice to have mixed religions in a tradition Chinese temple. The temple is listed as a Grade 1 historic building and is also the only temple that is allowed to host a formal wedding ceremony. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 17:30
- How to get there: Take the MTR Kwun Tong line (Green) and get off at Wong Tai Sin Station. The temple is right next to exit B3