Tsim Sha Tsui, or as locals only refer to as TST, is situated in the heart of Kowloon Peninsula. The area of Tsim Sha Tsui and its surroundings is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the true places where East-meet-West. One could describe it as a tourist hotspot, evolving to a cosmopolitan shopping and dining hub. Still you are able to trace, find and discover Hong Kong’s historic heritage and past. Simply walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui districts towards Victoria Harbour. Maybe you can find out why Hong Kong is also referred to as the Fragrant Harbour.
Tsim Sha Tsui is the major hub of Hong Kong in term of transportation. Tsim Sha Tsui is served by three MTR lines plus the famous Nathan Road starts and/or ends (depending how you look at it) in this district. The iconic Star Ferry also starts from TST to either Central or Wan Chai.
What to SEE ?
One reason for Tsim Sha Tsui popularity is its vicinity to Victoria Harbour. Visitors and locals love to stroll along the Avenue of Stars (make sure to visit the Bruce Lee statue and the newly-opened McDull statue). Many of Hong Kong’s top museums and performance venues including Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Science Museum as well as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre are all located in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The best spot to enjoy the nightly A Symphony of Lights show is directly at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade close to the historic Clock Tower. The iconic TST Star Ferry is located at the southernmost tip of Tsim Sha Tsui and the Ferry crossing Victoria Harbour is named by National Geographic as one of the 50 places of a lifetime to visit (routes run to Wan Chai or Central). Several Harbour Tours leave from Tsim Sha Tsui or are you more interested to take a traditional Chinese Junk such as the famous Duk Ling?
Movie lovers and backpackers might want to have a look at the famous Chungking Mansion while nature lovers might consider taking a break at the nearby Kowloon Park. In close vicinity are also the St. Andrew’s Church and the Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Center.
Several luxury hotels including The Peninsula, Shangri-La, InterContinental, Sheraton, Hyatt as well as three Marco Polo Hotels are located in this top spot. One of Hong Kong’s latest attraction, the Sky100 Observation Deck as well as the DHL Hong Kong Balloon are located in close vicinity (Western Kowloon) .
Where to SHOP ?
Aside from sightseeing attractions, Tsim Sha Tsui is also a centre of shopping in Hong Kong. Just opposite the TST Star Ferry locates the Hong Kong’s biggest and largest shopping mall – Harbour City, which is the favorite of the shopaholics and fashionistas. Along Canton Road close by Harbour City are many international designer labels including Prada, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Tiffany & Co., Rolex and many more. The Japanese Department store Sogo, iSquare, 1881 Heritage, K11, The One, Lane Crawford, the Peninsula Arcade, DFS Galleria, Miramar Shopping Centre, Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard, Silverchord, Sun Arcade as well as one of the Esprit Factory Outlet Stores and China Hong Kong City In-Town Outlets are all located in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Where to RELAX ?
In case you would like to wind down from a busy sightseeing day or credit card damaging shopping trip, Tsim Sha Tsui offers literally hundreds of fine dining options and top bars. Why not have a look at some top bars in this area, such as Peninsula famous Felix Bar, Shearton’s Sky Lounge or InterContinental’s Lobby Lounge or explore the lively Knutsford Terrace with its pubs, bars and restaurants. If you go a little bit further to West Kowloon, you can take a look at one of the highest bar in the world – Ozone Bar (where top Djs such as Paul van Dyk spin the tables).
Tired of traveling or business? Tsim Sha Tsui area has plenty of options for relaxing yourself in a spa..You can choose one according to your preferences from our “Top Spa in Hong Kong” list.
If you a fan of Snoopy, don’t forget to visit “Charlie Brown Café” – the themed Snoopy café where you could enjoy a very cute afternoon teatime.
What are your favorite places in Tsim Sha Tsui? Share your experiences and let us know.