TRAVEL GUIDE: MONG KOK, KOWLOON, TSIM SHA TSUI, YAU MA TEI, HONG KONG
After we arrived at the airport, a shuttle from the hotel took us directly there. The scenery along the bus ride was absolutely breathtaking and we soon realized that it would be a great trip with many adventures.
We arrived at the hotel and received a warm welcome and we were given a mobile phone with unlimited internet access which was really handy for navigating our way around the city and being connected. In the evening we discovered the local area around the hotel, ate some authentic food and took an early night to recover from the jetlag.
On our first day we wanted to explore Mong Kok. Mong Kok is an area in the Kowloon administrative district and reflects the true life of its inhabitants away from the modern city. The district is particularly well-known due to the many different markets that take place regularly.
In the Flower Market Road near the metro station you will find - as the name implies – many stalls and shops selling flowers and plants. Every day from 7am to 7pm, the Flower Market offers exotic flowers, bonsai trees, potted plants and colorful bouquets in specialty stores and discounters.
In the Tung Choi Street (south of the flower market) you will find the bustling goldfish market (daily 10:30 – 22:00).
At the Ladies' Market, more than 100 stalls await you, where you can get clothing, accessories and souvenirs for friends and family.
Another market that you should definitely visit is the "Temple Street Night Market". The atmosphere of the market is unique, and it has even been used as a movie set several times. You can buy jewelry, clothing and antiques from the local dealers. In addition, you have the opportunity to taste freshly prepared pasta and rice dishes or other delicacies. This market takes place every evening and is a must see.
Then we walked to the Sky100 Observation Deck on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Center to have a 360 degree view of Hong Kong. The 360-degree viewing platform opened in April 2011 and has since become the largest in the city at 393 meters above sea level. From the deck you have a fantastic view of Hong Kong Island.
After our time on the viewing platform, it was now time to explore another district, Tsim Sha Tsui. The Tsim Sha Tsui district is located at the very tip of the Kowloon Special Administrative Region and is also known as the heart of Hong Kong. The district is particularly popular because of its numerous shopping opportunities, such as on the popular "Nathan Road".
To take a little break, you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the Kowloon Peninsula to Kowloon Park. It is located in the northwest of Tsim Sha Tsui and is the place where the locals frequently take a break. Kowloon Park is open all day.
If you are feeling peckish after your short break, Yum Cha is the perfect place to grab a bite. Adorable dim sum critters and many other tasty dishes, in a modern setting filled with natural light.
Or opt for high-tea at the Peninsula Hotel. For over 80 years, the "Peninsula Hotel" is the place of the beautiful and the rich.
Opposite the hotel is the Space Museum, the Hong Kong Cultural Museum and the Museum of Art.
Not to be missed is a walk along the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui. Great views of Hong Kong Island's skyline with Victoria Harbor can be enjoyed from the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade. Here you will also find the "Avenue of Stars".
The "Avenue of Stars" is reminiscent of the popular "Walk of Fame" in Hollywood, where stars decorate the streets with the handprints of celebrities, which made an important contribution to the development of the Chinese entertainment industry. These include famous stars such as Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. The special feature of the Avenue of Stars is the view of Hong Kong Island with Victoria Peak.
On the south bank of Tsim Sha Tsui stands the Clock Tower. It is the only remnant of the Kowloon Station of the then Kowloon-Canton Railway.
For dinner we indulged ourselves with a delicious Peking duck, in the Peking Garden. You can enjoy views of Star Ferry and Clock Tower while dining. The Beijing Garden Restaurant is located in Star House at the end of Salisbury Road in Kowloon.
After dinner at sunset, you can enjoy the light show "A Symphony of Lights", in which the skyscrapers on both sides of Victoria Harbor are impressively staged every evening with lasers and spotlights. This show is only available in Hong Kong. At the beginning of the show, the buildings are introduced by name. Then follow five scenes in which the effects increase until the grand finale: they are called Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and Celebration (the grand finale). The Symphony of Lights takes place every evening at 8 pm and lasts 14 minutes. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the show is in English, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Mandarin and Sundays Cantonese.