What to see in Kowloon ?

Difficult to make an itinerary for Kowloon as quite a few “attractions” here are best visited in the early evening (night markets) while others closes in the afternoon (Jade Market). The followings are places of interest:

At night time ?

  • The waterfront promenade. If around, do not miss the 9pm “orgasm” of the Center Bldg (the one with all the changing lights).

  • The Temple Street night’s market in Yaumatei, where you will find souvenirs, jade, gadgets, clothes, accessories, VCD or girly magazines, as well as occasional outdoor opera performances or numerous palm readers… 

  • The ladies market in Mongkok : this is where to go for the fake designers clothes or watches, the fancy underwear or the noisy alarm clocks. in theory, it opens at 12am but is much more interesting in the evening...

Backpacker's Tips : Janice, Malaysia (March 05)
« The "orgasm" of HK island buildings viewed from the waterfront promenade is now shown at 8pm daily. Tune in to radio channel FM10.34 MHz on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for English commentary and music soundtrack. See www.tourism.gov.hk/symphony  for further details.» 

At day time ?

  • The HK Museum of Art : well worth the $10 entrance fee, if only to relax by the windows... Open Mond-Wed, Frid, Sat 10am-6pm, Sund & PH 1pm-6pm, closed Thu and some PH.

  • Other museums like the HK Museum of History ($20), HK Science Museum ($25), HK Space Museum ($10),... Get the complete listing at the HKTA. 

  • Kowloon Park, a very pleasant retreat from the busy surrounding area

  • The jade market : to be combined with the much more interesting Temple below... Closes at 3:30pm.

  • The Tin Hau Temple : check out its huge incense coils and old Chinese playing cards or chess in the adjacent square.

  • The birds’ market new location at Yuen Po Street lack the charm of the old one but is still worth considering if you are in the area (Prince Edward MTR Station) . Nearby, you will find the flower street as well as the fish street.  You could start from there in the afternoon and walk down the various attractions and markets back to TST.  

  • A bit remote, the Kowloon Walled City Park is a new award-winning park that may be worth a look if time. You can go there with bus No1 ($3.5), 1A ($4.2) or 9 ($3.5) from the Star Ferry. The first two buses pass the Bird & Flower markets while the last one pass the Jade market. 

  • Wong Tai Sin Temple is the largest and most active Buddhist Temple in HK. Interesting, it can however be skipped if you visited the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island or lack time. To go there, take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin Station and follow the signs.

  • Even more remote and actually part of the New Territories, the 10.000 Buddha Temple in Shatin (MTR to Kowloon Tong, then KCR to Shatin) is impressive enough to be worth the short climb up the stairs. Landslides are however frequent so it is advisable to check with the HKTA what part of the Temple is open. Shatin, with its huge commercial center (200 000 visitors per day, 400 000 during week end) and Park next to the Shing Mun River is also worth a look. Altogether, this area should however be considered only if you have time... 

Note : for additional info about the New Territories (NT) on the Kowloon Peninsula, in particular for trekking, check the where to go section.