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Tsim Sha Tsui - Hong Kong's Premier District

Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong KongHong Kong is known as a world-class business hub, shopping mecca and tourism destination all rolled into one.  Beyond its skyline of modern glass and steel structures, however, is a city teeming with a vibrant cultural scene and spectacular natural wonders.  All these make Hong Kong a must-visit destination.

The city consists of three regions: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories, which are further subdivided into 18 geographic districts.  Each district has its own charm and offers unique attractions to visitors whether it is business, shopping, cultural, recreational or outdoor fun.  Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the top districts of Hong Kong and here are some reasons why it is worth a visit.

Nicknamed TST, Tsim Sha Tsui is an urban area in southern Kowloon where Victoria Harbour, undoubtedly one of Hong Kong's most popular tourist attraction is located.  Other famous tourist attractions in the area include Kowloon Park and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, which includes the Avenue of Stars.

The area also boasts of the highest concentration of hotels in Hong Kong including the most luxurious ones like The Peninsula, Kowloon Shangri-La, the InterContinental Hong Kong, the Sheraton Hotel, The Langham Hong Kong, and The Mira Hong Kong.  Other less expensive accommodations are also available throughout the area such as Chungking Mansions which is popular among backpackers for its cheap lodging.

Numerous malls and shopping complexes in Tsim Sha Tsui make the area a major shopping destination.  Shopping malls in the area include 1881 Heritage, Harbour City, iSQUARE, K11, Miramar Shopping Centre, New World Centre, Sogo, The ONE, and The Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard where flagship stores of several luxury brands are located.

Tsim Sha Tsui is also home to some of the biggest museums in Hong Kong such as Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Science Museum, and Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre.  The Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the iconic Clock Tower are also major attractions near the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront which offers the best views of the nightly A Symphony of Lights show.

Visitors who would like to see a bird's eye perspective of Hong Kong can see Tsim Sha Tsui's latest attractions: the Sky100 Observation Deck (located in the International Commerce Center’s or ICC, currently the highest building in Hong Kong) as well as the DHL Hong Kong Balloon, an air ballon that gives visitors spectacular panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the West Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

Feeling famished after hours of exploring and shopping at Tsim Sha Tsui?  No worries!  The area offers hundreds of dining options, from high end restaurants to hole in the wall eateries serving local dishes.  If you can't get enough of the sights, pick one of restaurants along the harbour which offer al fresco dining.  There are also numerous bars and watering holes to chill in after hours like the pubs in Knutsford Terrace.

A visit to Tsim Sha Tsui will not be complete without taking the iconic Star Ferry which connects TST to Central and Wan Chai.

Photo credit: Diego Delso

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