Tsim Sha Tsui (TST)
Above: The Hong Kong Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Sha Tsui tops the list for having them all when it comes to an area
for shopping, sightseeing, museums, restaurants
Tsim Sha Tsui is located at the southern tip of Kowloon Peninsula, separated
from the Hong Kong Island by the Victoria
Harbor. Hence there are many harbor
front hotels facing the beautiful, world-renowned Hong
Kong Island skyline. Since the harbor is where fireworks are
launched from during city-wide celebrations, literally myriads
of people gather at the Tsim
Sha Tsui waterfront at such events (did
you know that a myriad means 10,000?).
Above: A pier fisherman fishing across from the Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui
If you're visiting Hong Kong in a cruiseliner, most likely your
ship will be berthed at Ocean
Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui as well, unless your ship is too
big for the decades old terminal. Left: A pier fisherman fishing across from the Ocean Terminal
Above: The 1881 Heritage complex, converted from the old Marine Police HQ
you want to shop, in addition to all those shops along Nathan
Road which runs through the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, and those
on the side
streets, there is iSquare,
other shopping centers, and a large mall,
Harbour City (on Canton Road). In fact Canton Road has become
the name-brand row. And the 1881 Heritage at the corner not only hosts some name-brand stores, it's a beautifully refurbished historical site with a hotel.
(Left: 1881 Heritage shopping center, hotel, and exhibition hall)
Above: a side street in Tsim Sha
Tsim Sha Tsui map
Tsim Sha Tsui, or more easily referred to as TST by the expat
community in Hong Kong, is easily reached by MTR subway.
Just get off at Tsim Sha Tsui station.
You can also
get there by Star
Ferry from Central
or Wan Chai
district on Hong Kong Island, and by bus
(mainly from other parts of Kowloon).
- BEWARE -
On nights when there're fireworks over the Victoria
Harbor (e.g. New Year's Eve, July 1st, and maybe also the
second evening of Chinese
New Year), many streets near the harbor in Tsim Sha Tsui are
closed off to motorized traffic in order to accommodate the tens
of thousands of people, so you may not be able to get to your
hotel in a vehicle. Even if you can, the streets may be so congested
that traffic is at a standstill and you might as well walk.
Hotels in the Area
Salisbury YMCA Hotel
Located at its prime location of one block from the harbor, it has the view at a lower price than the other harbor-view hotels.
Marco Polo HK Hotel
Situated in the Harbor City mall complex, you can go shopping in your PJ's - almost!
Hullett House Hotel
Refurbished from a historical building, it's now home to fine dining, luxury accommodations, and designer label shopping.