A City on Hong Kong Island

By: Douglas Scott

Kowloon is located north of Hong Kong Island. Kowloon City is a district in Hong Kong. The name Kowloon means Nine Dragons. It is mostly residential with a few commercial centres. It is built on the site of the ancient Kowloon Walled City.

To get to Kowloon is by the Star Ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, or most of Hong Kong's rail lines also converge on Kowloon.

It is the place to go for cheap and authentic Chinese food.

The place is heaven for shopping. The main area for shopping is Tsim Sha Tsui, Nathan Road which is called the Golden Mile.

Harbour City has about 700 shops, including 50 restaurants and two cinemas. It is the largest shopping and entertainment centre in Hong Kong with a total area of 2 million square feet. Kowloom is one place where the shops open till late at night.

Temple Street Night Market is one of the liveliest night market and is the place to go for cheap clothes, open air street stall food, watches, pirated CDs, fake labels, footwear, cookware and everyday items. Temple Street used to be known as Menas Street.

Most of the best bars are in Tsimshatsui. Quite a variety of entertainment exists ranging from the World of Suzie Wong image to more sedate night clubs, pubs, piano bars, and discos which cater to a broader audience.

The most popular among tourists is Tsim Sha Tsui the Elephant`s Trunk on the southern tip of Kowloon.

The Clock Tower was once a part of the Kowloon Canton Railway Terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui, the Clock Tower is all that remains of the grand railway buildings on the water front. The railway terminal was completed in 1915, but while the clock tower was included in the building, it was not actually showing any time until 1921. Since then it has remained a constant landmark and time piece for the Kowloon water front, stopping only once during the Japanese occupation of World War II.

Kowloon Park is a huge park, which includes swimming pools, a sculpture garden and an excellent aviary.

Wong tai shin temple is the oldest and the biggest taoism temple in Kowloon tong. It's has wood carving with interiors that dominated by red and gold colours. The temple has a hermit who is said to have healing powers and is able to make predictions about the future. There are also fortune tellers inside the complex and a Chinese pharmacy has been established inside the temple.

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