to see in Kowloon ?
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:
night time ?
waterfront promenade. If around, do not miss the 9pm “orgasm” of the Center Bldg
(the one with all the changing lights).
Temple Street night’s market in Yaumatei, where
you will find souvenirs, jade, gadgets, clothes, accessories, VCD or girly magazines, as well as
opera performances or numerous palm readers…
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.»
day time ?
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.
museums like the HK Museum of History ($20), HK Science Museum ($25), HK
Space Museum ($10),... Get the complete listing at the HKTA.
Park, a very pleasant retreat from the busy surrounding area
jade market : to be combined with the much more interesting Temple below...
Closes at 3:30pm.
Tin Hau Temple
: check out its huge incense coils and old Chinese playing cards or chess in the adjacent
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
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.
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.
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...
: for additional info about the New Territories (NT) on the Kowloon Peninsula,
in particular for trekking, check the where
to go section.