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Tsim Sha Tsui

Hotels, restaurants, shops & museums galore

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Tsim Sha Tsui (also spelled Tsimshatsui or shortened to TST) occupies the southern tip of Kowloon Peninsula across the harbor from Central. It’s the most important address for tourists, simply because it has more hotels than anywhere else in Hong Kong, as well as the greatest concentration of restaurants and shops, in all price categories.

For that reason, some Hongkongers disparage Tsim Sha Tsui as a “tourist ghetto.” Certainly, you’d get a skewed sense of Hong Kong if this were the only place you saw. On the other hand, I can’t imagine avoiding it either, since it also has the greatest concentration of museums, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art (closed, unfortunately, for renovation until 2018 or 2019), and, in Tsim Sha Tsui East, the Hong Kong Museum of History, both must-sees.

The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade waterfront, home to great views of Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers, the Avenue of Stars promenade dedicated to Hong Kong’s film industry (closed for renovation until late 2018) and terminus of the fabled Star Ferry, is a huge draw for its views of Hong Kong Island, not to mention the nightly Symphony of Lights light and laser show. There’s also great shopping, particularly along Nathan Road (nicknamed the “golden mile of shopping”) and its side streets, as well as great dining in some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants.

MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui


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