If you’re planning a visit to Hong Kong, your daily itinerary is probably as crowded as Hong Kong roadways at rush hour.
Even so, consider Kowloon when you’re nailing down your to-do list. Here are three reasons why:
A visit to the Kowloon Waterfront will leave you in awe and offer the perfect place to capture spine-tingling photo memories. If time permits, visit during the day and night to see the difference between sunlight and city light views.
For stellar views of Kowloon City, visit Kowloon Peak Observation Platform. Visitors can hike or taxi to the top, so give yourself enough time for whatever method you prefer. If you’re hoping to capture a sunset during your trip, this is the perfect spot to watch for it. You’ll get the added bonus of watching the city light up under the night sky.
For over 100 stories of sight-seeing, book a stay at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. This hotel rises above the city offering panoramic views of Kowloon and its harbor. On the 118th floor, you can have a drink at Ozone. Sipping a margarita in the tallest bar on the planet is sure to come with bragging rights.
Nothing says metropolitan like colorful lights and Kowloon City will wow you with their Symphony of Lights show. Block off an evening to view this spectacle that fills the night sky and harbor waters with bursts of color.
Did you know that until 1994, a walled city of sin existed in Kowloon? Infamous for its high population density and criminal activity, the walled city was destroyed and replaced with a park. Check out the Kowloon Walled City Park for a noteworthy example of taking lemons and making lemonade.
If you believe in miracles, leave an offering at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. It is rumored to have the divine power to make every wish come true. If you can’t wait to see if your wish will be granted, ask one of the fortune tellers to read your future.
If you eat, and everyone reading this does, you must visit Kowloon before you get the exit stamp in your passport.
Follow your nose through Thai town and sample cuisine that rivals anything in Thailand.
If you search hard enough, you can find remnants of Hong Kong’s colonial history. Afternoon Tea is one of the traditions that persisted after British rule. Enjoy orchestra music and impeccable service during Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula Hotel.
If you want the best of what street food has to offer, look no further than the Temple Street Night Market. Once you’re done stuffing your face, hone your bartering skills during the hunt for souvenirs.
Visitors to Hong Kong will have a fun challenge deciding how to spend their time.
If you’re looking for a sure bet on a place that offers stunning views, worthwhile attractions, and delicious food, consider Kowloon for a visit.
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