When the sunsets, Kowloon becomes a vibrant city at night, flashing a multitude of colors with thanks to the flashing neon lights. There are lots of things to see and do in Kowloon for the enthusiastic tourist.
Most likely people head over to Hong Kong are geared to make the most out of shopping or snap photos of unforgettable destinations. But one has to ask: Where are the best places to shop? What are the best recommended foods in Hong Kong that can’t be found elsewhere? What are the best hotels to book on a budget? Hong Kong has everything you need hence, here’s a beginner’s traveler’s tip to make the most of your stay in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Do Your Research for Flights & Hotels
Researching is the first order of things. There are many booking websites available as well as flight websites to make your life much, much easier. There is no shortage of websites where you can start looking for cheap flights and booking hotels. Depending on what your budget is, Kowloon has a ton of 5 star hotels to cost-effective motels (for those who don’t mind sharing a room with others).
It’s extremely important to always to read travel reviews about your accommodation plans. The last thing you want to experience is being snubbed at the counter or sleeping with a room filled with 20 people!
Deciding What’s Good for Your Belly
Hong Kong food is delicious. Since you’re in an entirely new country altogether, you shouldn’t be heading to restaurants. To make the most out of Hong Kong cuisine is by sitting at tables on the side of the road and choosing dishes you want to eat. Many people may see this as unhygienic but this is one of the better (or best) ways to discover extremely cheap dishes that taste good. This is a popular thing to do in Asia. Why sit in a restaurant when there’s good food sold by vendors on the streets? Get down and dirty by chomping down on stinky tofu, chicken feet, shredded pork noodle with spicy bean sauce are just the beginning on tasting divine cuisine.
The Best Shopping Areas
Of course, nothing can be compared to shopping in downtown Kowloon and filling your bags with souvenirs. One of the most famous places to shop is at Temple Street where there’s an abundance of everything you need! Souvenirs such as I love Hong Kong t-shirts, hand beaded phone or keychains, flags, magnets—probably about anything can be found here. This is a great place to shop after sundown, nonetheless. At night, Temple Street comes to life with hawkers rolling out their goods for all to pick and choose from.
Ultimately, this is a great place to learn how to haggle! Of course, if you don’t want to walk and haggle, you can always head over to Kowloon’s’ biggest malls such as: Elements, Festival Walk and Wing On department stores. Expect your wallet to deflate very, very quickly at these brand-name oriented places!
Depending on where you want to go, Kowloon has a bunch of locations to visit. If you want to step into the shoes of famous Hong Kong actors and actresses, the best place to go is Avenue of the Stars. If you’re more of the adventurous (or fearless) type, you can head over to Kowloon’s Walled City to experience the claustrophobic living spaces of people within the city. If you happen to be in downtown (which most likely you will be) then head over to Star Ferry where this is one of Kowloon’s best attraction. Get on the boat and snap photos of Hong Kong’s beautiful city-line or simply, enjoy the ambiance of a cool boat ride passing through famous harbors and localities.
With so much to do in Kowloon, it’s hard to jam it in all in one article. The best way to experience the city is to go there, book Hong Kong accommodations and enjoy your time to the fullest. With so many things to do, see and taste, Kowloon serves as one of the most unforgettable places to visit in the heart of Asia.
Troy D. Quinney is a undergrad from University of British Columbia with a passion for traveling. He has been traveling to Kowloon three times during the past two years, documenting the food he’s tried or the sights he’s seen. He plans to travel to Kowloon again in Christmas to celebrate an ‘Asian’ Christmas.