TSIM SHA TSUI, HONGKONG TRAVEL GUIDE
About Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the top tourist destinations in Hongkong for the reason that it provides an upgraded and higher level of shopping experience for the visitors. This might be the possible reason why over the years, businesspeople in varied fields continued to invest in this place. They know that today and in the future, the Tsim Sha Tsui has a high potential in a multitude of ways. They had seen how much the place is capable of developing and progressing into what it is today. If you happen to visit Hongkong, I would suggest that you go here and get to know what the place has in store for you.
If you are now worrying where to stay if you plan to be here, worry no more because a high-end place like this offers the high-end hotels as well. They have here the Marco Polo Hotels, The Peninsula, Kowloon Shangri-la, The Mira Hongkong, Hotel Icon and the Hotel Panorama. Why not check-in on one of these hotels and experience a luxurious service and accommodation? If you are now on a budget mode and you still want to be here and equally enjoy the place, then you may go to the Chungking Mansions because they provide a cheap and affordable place to stay for those who travel under a tight budget. See? You get to experience the place in whichever level you want. Just choose your allotted budget, search online for the best hotel here that would match this budget, book, and voila! You already have your reservation here.
It might be time for you to grab some food before you continue your adventure. So, hover to the varied restaurants and food stalls available at the Hillwood Road and be ready to satisfy your hunger with exotic foods and other international cuisines. And now that you’re full, you are prepared for the next thing that you’ll do, a shopping experience.
Tsim Sha Tsui is a major shopping area, and for that, a lot of shopping malls are also located here such as the 1881 Heritage, Harbour City, iSquare, K11, Miramas Shopping Centre, New World Centre, Sogo, Silvercord, and The ONE. And if you are here to do a massive shopping spree of luxurious items, then go to the Canton Road and you will see a long line of varied luxurious brands like Hermes, Gucci, and the likes.
Furthermore, the place also holds a public library (if you ever want to spend some time reading books or any other classical literature they have), a museum (focused on art), and an event center for live performances. They also have the Kowloon Park if you wish to sit back and relax for a while. Indeed, Tsim Sha Tsui got it all for you in just one destination. All you have to do is be here, plan your itinerary very well because you do not want to miss a single attraction, enjoy and have fun! After all, traveling to Hongkong is all about a celebration of the lively, vibrant, and colorful life of the place!
Things to Do in Tsim Sha Tsui (Hongkong)
If you are up to some shopping spree in different high-end shops, dine in a fancy restaurant, or merely be immersed with the culture and history by visiting a museum, Tsim Sha Tsui is the area that you must visit. With its multiple attractions and sightseeing opportunities, it is not anymore a wonder that it has become one of the most visited places in the entire Hongkong. Here are the different things which you might want to try out in this beautiful place.
Avenue of Stars
More of a sightseeing activity? Then head to the Avenue of Stars and be ready to witness the magnificent view of Victoria Harbor as well as Central. Plus, you get to breathe some fresh air since it is a seafront.
Immersing in the Hongkong’s culture could be all the more effective if you happen to be in place, or you can also choose to stay in one of the accommodations available here. The thing is, the richness of multicultural fusion present in the country could be felt while you are here. Plus, they also serve some of the best ethnic cuisines in this place.
Hongkong Museum of Art
Art enthusiast would find this place as heaven. With a lot of Chinese artworks and displays along with few coming from the West, one’s stay here would surely be educational and at the same time entertaining.
Hongkong Space Museum
This engaging and entertaining place would make you as well as your kids really into the concept of space! With the activities and displays they have prepared for visitors, you will for sure find your stay here as enjoyable and pleasurable. You may also opt to visit this place during Chinese new year since they have a special presentation to explain the importance of Chinese celestial beliefs and traditions.
This 13 hectares park got everything you might probably need. It has a mosque for worshippers, an outdoor pool for those who would like to have some fun time, and different animals such as flamingo present nearby the pond. In short, if you are up for some serene and relaxing vibe, head to the Kowloon Park.
Nathan Road Tour
If you’re up for some shopping while having fun, this affordable place is the right one for you. Taking a tour during the day in this place will allow you to see shops which offer amazing deals with their products. While heading here at night will dazzle you because of the glowing neon lights in the road.
Star Ferry Pier
Sightseeing of the fantastic view of Hongkong is possible by heading out to this pier. With its existence since the early 1800s, its antiquity has made it indeed a sight to behold. Once you’re here, the view that it could offer you would allow you to fall in love more to the beautiful country of Hongkong.
The Peninsula Hotel
An elegant hotel with a great historical background. Indeed, the time had passed, and yet, the majestic and grand vibe of this hotel remains to be an existing fact. So, head here and try to capture every moment while you are in this place.
With all these fantastic places to visit in Kowloon, I am sure that you are now very excited to include it in your itinerary. Hope that I was able to help you figure out which place to visit based on your taste and trips. Good luck and see you around!
Bus (Airport to Tsim Sha Tsui)- HK$ 33
We left Cebu for Hongkong at 7:45 am from Cebu International Airport and arrived Hongkong at 10-35 am. Upon arrival, we check their tourism counter and got all the maps we need. You can also ask the personnel in charge at the airport for the suggestion and how to get to a place you wanted to go.
After getting our maps, I bought an octopus card for the four of us.(Just ask anyone at the airport where to buy the Octopus Card) The initial load for the Octopus card is HK$ 100 plus the deposit of 50.There is a deposit of HK$ 50 for each card which will be returned to you upon surrender of the card but there is a service fee of 9/ card.
The Octopus card is a rechargeable value smart card used to transfer electronic payments in online or offline systems in Hong Kong. The card was launched last September 1997 to collect fares for the territory’s mass transit system, it is nice to note that the Octopus card system was the first contactless smart card system in the world and has since grown into a widely used payment system for virtually all public transport in Hong Kong.
While in Hongkong, you can either pay for your transport in cash or through the octopus card. If you pay in cash you must pay in exact amount as drivers won’t give you the change. This is where Octopus card becomes advantageous simply because only the exact amount will be deducted from your card each time you ride a bus or MTR and even the Star ferry. The bus is cheaper compared to the Train, but the train is easier to ride because once you’re inside the subway/station it will be easy for you to find direction. Inside the subways stations – map/signages are found everywhere. First-time travelers must be very careful as to the number of gates and car to ride to arrive at the right destinations.
As soon as we get our card we immediately look for the bus station outside the airport( there is a visible sign, but you can always ask ) and ride Bus N21 going to Tsim Sha Tsui. It took us almost an hour to reach Tsim Sha Tsui.Tsim Sha Tsui is the last station of the bus, so you won’t be lost.
As we get out of the bus, we immediately proceeded to our hotel. I booked at Canadian Hostel, Chungking Mansions. Hotel rates are normally high because of the anticipation of the Chinese New Year. The room that we got was very small and it cost us 800/day.
Within the Chungking Mansion are many choices of hotels to choice from. It would be best though to really make your reservations ahead. Within Chungking Mansions, you can also find China VISA fixers at the rate of HK$ 350 (if you plan to visit the Mainland China).
Please take note that the Chungking Mansion is not really a spectacular place to stay. For budget travelers who won’t be staying long at the hotel, this place is just perfect for you. Besides, this place is near to many important destinations, like Subway Stations, Terminal to Macau, Avenue of the Stars, etc.
That was past 12nn when we settled in our hostel, we were very hungry, situated near, so we look for a place to eat. At the ground floor of the Chungking Mansions are many eateries, most of which however are Indian eateries. If you don’t like Indian food, Seven Eleven Stores are found almost everywhere.
HOW TO GET TO THE CANADIAN HOSTEL / CHUNGKING MANSIONS
1. Airport Bus:
The most popular and one of the practical method to get to Chungking Mansions is the Airport Bus.
The Airport Bus Station is found near Hall B on the Arrivals Level (Level 5) of the Airport. Find the bus stand for A21 Airport Hong Kong KCR Station Route. You will see a map of the terminal. Airport Bus departures are at approximately every 10-15 minutes. The fare is estimated at HK$33 per person.
While on the bus, be sure to first secure your luggage before finding a seat on the lower level. In 40 -90 minutes (varies with traffic) you will reach the Bus Stop No.14 – Middle Road, Nathan Road. (1st being the airport).
Because the service time of A21 is 05:00-23:59, you can use N21 airport bus at the same location if your arrival in Hong Hong is after 00:00.
The moment you get off the bus, you need to walk to your left approximately about 50 meters, It takes just a few moments of walking. You will see the Chung King Mansions front entrance on your right-hand side. The mark would be the huge TV screen on the wall of Chungking Mansions. When you are inside the Chung King Mansions, walk into the BLOCK E . You can see two lifts, take the right-hand side one,(stops at odd numbers floor), push the 7th-floor button, when you are out, turn right and you can see the reception.
From the airport, you can get to the Chung King Mansions direct. It is the quickest and the most reliable method and would only take about 30-45 minutes. But it’s quite expensive as you will be paying about HK$280-300 for the trip. Most taxi drivers in Hong Kong know some English. In cases of communications difficulty, just show the text: Chungking Mansions, Tsim Tsa Tsui.
There is no airport taxi, only regular taxis. Make sure to catch the red colored one, because other colors do not go to the Kowloon area. Once you get off the Taxi, just find the large TV screen on the wall, that is the Chungking Mansions. It should be within your sight when you get off the Taxi. When inside the Chung King Mansions, walk into the BLOCK E. You can see two lifts, take the right-hand side one,(stops at odd numbers floor), push the 7th-floor button, when you are out, turn right you can see the reception immediately.
HONGKONG-MACAU TRIP SERIES
- HONGKONG-MACAU TRIP ITINERARY
- TSIM SHA TSUI
- HONGKONG SPACE MUSEUM
- HONGKONG MUSEUM OF ART & THE AVENUE OF STARS
- EXPLORING NATHAN ROAD
- NGONG PING 360 CABLE CAR
- NGONG PING VILLAGE, LANTAU ISLAND
- SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
- STAR FERRY CRUISE EXPERIENCE
- VICTORIA PEAK
- OCEAN PARK
- GLITTERS OF MACAU 1
- GLITTERS OF MACAU 2
- LADIES MARKET
I am Jane… I was wondering about the hotel fee… Was it 800 per person per night?