Hong Kong Area Guides: Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is Hong Kong's main tourist area and is full of hotel and dining options as well as the cheap guesthouses of Chungking Mansions and Mirador Mansion.
Ceded to Britain in the mid-19th century, the area has undergone land reclamation since that time.
The main south-north street leading up from the Star Ferry terminal is Nathan Road (aka the "Golden Mile"). A short walk from the Star Ferry along Salisbury Road is the luxurious and iconic Peninsula Hotel - a true landmark of Hong Kong and one of the best hotels in the world since it opened in 1928. Afternoon at the Peninsula is a must if you have the cash.
The Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Space Museum are on the waterfront opposite the Peninsula Hotel and this is the best place for photographs of the skyscrapers and evening light show, known as the "Symphony of Lights" over in Central nightly at 8pm-8.20pm. Gather here or head for the Avenue of the Stars and the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade, which leads to Tsim Sha Tsui East Ferry Pier. The Avenue of the Stars pays tribute to Hong Kong's vibrant film industry.
Just near the entrance to the Star Ferry terminal is the 44m-high Former KCR Clock Tower, which was part of the terminal building of the Kowloon-Canton Railway. The terminus moved to Hung Hom in 1975 and the old station was demolished in 1978.
The Hong Kong Cultural Center (Tel: 2734 2009) may not be aesthetically pleasing from the outside, but is one of Hong Kong's main cultural venues with a large concert hall and two theaters.
The walk from the Peninsula Hotel up Nathan Road to Jordan MTR Station is tourist central with literally thousands of bars, guesthouses, hotels, and shops along this neon-lit street and the parallel streets of Lock Road, Hankow Road and Ashley Road. Further west is Canton Road and the mega shopping malls of Ocean Terminal and Harbour City.
At the junction of Nathan Road and Haiphong Road is Kowloon Park, with Kowloon Mosque & Islamic Centre (Tel: 2724 0095) on its grounds and a Chinese Garden with artificial lakes, an aviary and the busy Kowloon Park Swimming Complex (Tel: 2724 3577) making up the rest of the park.
In the evening the Temple Street Night Market takes place along Temple Street and the maze of streets south of Yau Ma Tei MTR Station around Tin Hau Temple. The market is at its most lively between 7pm-10pm each evening.
On reclaimed land to the east of Nathan Road past Kowloon Cricket Club (Tel: 2367 4141) and the area on either side of the north-south Chatham Road South is East Tsim Sha Tsui with the Museum of History (Tel: 2724 9042) and Hong Kong Science Museum at the top of the road and East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR (former KCR) Station at the bottom.
Tsim Sha Tsui Access
Take an MTR metro on the Tsuen Wan Line to Tsim Sha Tsui or Jordan Station. Ride a bus or tram heading to Nathan Road or the Star Ferry bus terminal. The East Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom stations are on the East Rail Line.