This is the jewel in Kowloon’s crown. Tsim Sha Tsui is a premium tourist district located at the cape of the Kowloon Peninsula facing Hong Kong Island. Its waterfront sports a strip of spectacular skyscrapers and other avant-garde structures while the rest of the district houses most of the city’s mid-range hotels, a clutch of museums, shops and more shops, restaurants and cafes, and business and trade establishments. The hospitality industry is the mainstay of Tsim Sha Tsui and hotels in every price range can be found throughout the area.
Shopaholics too love this district for there is no dearth of opportunities to empty your wallet. For ‘regular shopping’, check out the Park Lane Shoppers’ Boulevard along a section of Nathan Road, but if you’re keen on luxury brands, their flagship stores are located along the Tsim Sha Tsui section of Canton Road. Although all manner of shops have mushroomed across the district, mall crawlers should head straight for iSquare, K11 and, of course, The ONE, a 29-storey totem, where you can shop till you drop.
The other draw in Tsim Sha Tsui is its skyline. It is not yet a rival to the one across the harbour on Hong Kong Island, it’s fast catching up. When Hong Kong’s Kai Tak International Airport was located in Kowloon, severe height restrictions on buildings kept the skyline low. However, when the airport shifted to Chek Lap Kok island in 1998, these restrictions were lifted, sending the Tsim Sha Tsui skyline rocketing upwards.
And while we’re talking skylines, the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront offers you front-row seats to one of the world’s most spectacular skylines – the one on Hong Kong Island. Viewed by day or by night, it is nothing short of dazzling. At night, the Symphony of Lights, a mesmerising sound-and-light show that celebrates the skyline and spirit of Hong Kong, is best experienced from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. If you want a top-down view of the Hong Kong skyline, the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, the International Commerce Centre or 118-storey ICC tower, boasts a one-of-a-kind vista. The Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s version of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, is also located along the waterfront. There are two museums worth visiting – the landmark Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Museum of History – while the historic Peninsula Hotel beckons with old-world charm and promise of afternoon tea!