Sights in Kowloon

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Maybe you get the impression Kowloon has nothing but shops. There are indeed a lot of them but there are also a few others places that are worth a visit. Kowloon has several markets and a hand full of museums and temples, such as the colorful Wong Tai Sin Temple. A nice place to take a rest is the 'Kowloon Park'. You will find Chinese gardens, sculptures, waterfalls and rare trees. It also houses the 'Hong Kong Museum of History' and the 'Kowloon Mosque'. This place used to house the Qing fortress, the only area in Hong Kong not ruled by the British.

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Wong Tai Sin

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Wong Tai Sin takes its name, in fact, from a legendary shepherd who learned the art of healing. In short, a visit to this temple, surrounded by vast, government housing estates, provides insight into Chinese religious practices and is well worth a stop despite its out-of-the-way location. Wong Tai Sin is Hong Kong's most popular Taoist temple, visited by more than 3 million worshipers. Although the temple itself dates only from 1973, it adheres to traditional Chinese architectural principles with its red pillars, two-tiered golden roof, blue friezes, yellow latticework, and more..

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address:Wong Tai Sin Estate
openinghours:daily 7am-5:30pm

Hong Kong Space Museum

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The Space Museum is easy to spot with its white-domed planetarium. It's divided into two parts: the Exhibition Halls with its Hall of Space Science and the Hall of Astronomy; and the Space Theatre. The Hall of Space Science explores the human journey to space, with exhibits on ancient astronomical history, science fiction, early rockets, manned spaceflights, and future space programs. There are also several interactive rides and exhibits, including a ride on a virtual paraglider, a harness that holds occupants aloft with the same approximate gravity they'd experience walking on more..

type: Museums
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address:Hong Kong Cultural Centre Complex, Salisbury Road 10, Tsim Sha Tsui

Man Mo Temple

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Hong Kong Island's oldest and most important temple was built in the 1840s and is named after its two principal deities: Man, the god of literature, who is dressed in red and holds a calligraphy brush; and Mo, the god of war, wearing a green robe and holding a sword. Ironically, Mo finds patronage from both the police force (shrines in his honor can be found in all Hong Kong police stations) and triad secret societies. Two ornately carved sedan chairs in the temple were once used during festivals to carry the statues of the gods around the neighborhood. But what makes the temple more..

type:Temples
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openinghours:Daily 8am-6pm

Hong Kong Museum of History

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More than 500 exhibits cover four floors, with sections devoted to the life sciences; light, sound and motion; virtual reality; meteorology and geography; electricity and magnetism; computer and robotics; construction; and transportation and communication. Visitors can play with different optical illusions, enter a rotating room to learn physics in a noninertial frame, "freeze" their shadow on a wall, and pick up remote voices with a large parabolic disc. There are exhibits designed to test a visitor's fitness, such as lung capacity, endurance, and blood pressure.

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address:Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Clock Tower

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The Clock Tower was part of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus. It was built in 1915.

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address:Waterfront Promenade

Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum

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address:Tonkin St 41, Sham Shui Po

Kam Shan Country Park, Kowloon

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Kam Shan is situated to the north of Kowloon. From the slopes of Golden Hill and along the western ridge of the park, visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Tai Mo Shan, Needle Hill, Lion Rock and Beacon Hill.

How to get there: 1. KMB bus No.72 from Tai Kok Tsui MTR to Tai Wo, passes by the park ; 2. KMB bus No.81 from Jordon Road Bus Terminus to Wo Che, passes by the park

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Navigator Nissi Culture Centre

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address: Manning Theatre Bldg, Tsz Wan Shan
tel:2.3286427

Hong Kong Science Museum

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address:Science Museum Road 2, Tsim Sha Tsui East

Hong Kong Museum of Art

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If you visit only one museum in Hong Kong, this should be it. Located on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Cultural Centre and Space Museum and just a 2-minute walk from the Star Ferry terminus, this museum has a vast collection of Chinese antiquities and fine art, including ceramics, bronzes, jade, cloisonné, lacquerware, bamboo carvings, women's costumes (look for the first-sized shoes for bound feet), and textiles, as well as paintings, wall hangings, scrolls, and calligraphy dating from the 16th century to the present. The works are arranged in five permanent more..

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address: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Complex, Salisbury Road 10, Tsim Sha Tsui

Kowloon Park

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With a games hall, swimming pool and an open-air Sculpture Walk, Kowloon Park is a tranquil oasis one of the busiest shopping and dining areas.

Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, A1 Exit

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Kowloon Walled City Park

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This park seeks to preserve the heritage of Kowloon's fabled Walled City. Among its attractions are a courtyard, the Old South Gate of the Walled City, sculptures, pavilions, flowers and tree-lined pathways.

Take bus no. 1 or 1A from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry. Or Take minibus no. 39M from Lok Fu MTR Station.

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British School

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The former Kowloon British School was completed in 1902. It is the oldest surviving school building constructed for foreign residents in Hong Kong. The architecture is typical of many English schools of the Victorian era. The building is now used as the Exhibition Gallery of the Antiquities and Monuments Office.

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Observatory

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Built in 1883, the Observatory stands on a small hill in Tsim Sha Tsui. It was declared a monument in 1984 and continues to monitor Hong Kong's weather. (Group visits by arrangement only).

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Yau Ma Tei Yau Ma Tei & Mong Kok

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Just north of Tsim Sha Tsui is lively Yau Ma Tei, which means "place of sesame plants" in Chinese and reflects the area's rural heritage. A few blocks north, Mong Kok has long held the distinction of being one of the world's most densely populated urban areas. Although parts of the district have been modernised, it remains a cheerfully crowded community and a hive of shopping activity. Lively open-air Temple Street Night Market is the most popular haunt for bargains. Though it opens at 2:00pm, the market really comes to life at dusk. Its stallholders specialise in inexpensive more..

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