The Tsim sha Tsui Waterfront, at the southern tip of Kowloon Peninsula, right across the water from Wanchai and Central on Hong Kong Island, is particularly known for its “postcard views” of Hong Kong’s sensational skyline, but this small area has more attractions to offer than just great vantage points. This article will guide you through the major tourist attractions on Tsim sha Tsui Waterfront:
The visit normally starts from the Star Ferry Pier on Salisbury Road: Traveling on the historic ferry between Central, on “the island”, and Tsim sha Tsui, on the Kowloon side of the harbor, is definitely one of Hong Kong’s must-dos!
From the ferry pier, turn right, passing the 1915 Clock Tower of the historic Kowloon Railway Station, and start walking along the waterfront, where some of the city’s best museums and cultural centers can be found.
Covered with what looks like pinkish washroom tiles, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre is not very impressive architecturally, but it is a fantastic cultural centre, and you can visit it to view their inspiring pipes-organ.
Right next to the Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Museum of Art showcases both historical and modern Chinese art, and boasts precious collections of paintings, calligraphy, gemstone sculptures, gold, jade and other treasures…
Hong Kong Space Museum, just behind the Museum of Art, is a must-visit for anyone who has any interest in space-science, and is particularly recommended for families with young kids or even teenagers, as it boasts plenty of interactive displays. The museum’s Stanley Ho Space Theatre is considered as one of the world’s best planetariums.
Keep on walking along the waterfront and you will reach the “Avenue of Stars”: Hong Kong’s answer to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, with floor plaques that honor the who’s who of Hong Kong’s film industry. This is also one of the best spots to view the “Symphony of Lights” show from.
New World Centre, in between The Space Museum and The Avenue of Stars (adjacent to the Intercontinental) is one of the city’s best shopping malls, and its six floor are housing hundreds of shops and boutiques, selling mostly international brands.
Across the road, the famous Peninsula Hotel stands in one line with the world’s most classic hotels, like the Savoy in London and the Raffles in Singapore… It has opened its doors in the late 1920s and became synonymous to style, swank and opulence.
You can have a drink at the stylish “Felix” up on the 28th floor, and enjoy some of the most stunning views of Victoria Harbour, or you can enjoy the internationally-famous high tea, at the classic-colonial lobby-lounge.
The Peninsula Hotel is also famous for its fleet of Rolls Royces, painted in a unique shade of dark green which is known as Peninsula Green.
As you walk back towards Star Ferry Pier (opposite it), you will arrive at a small but stylish shopping mall, called “1881 Heritage”, on the corner of Canton Road and Salisbury. This is where the 1881 built Marine Police Headquarters used to be, and its imposing Victorian buildings were beautifully restored and converted to an elegant shopping mall, where lovers of architecture photography come to snap a few shots.
Chinese Arts & Crafts, in neighboring Star House, is one of Hong Kong’s most reputable shops, selling precious Chinese art and antiquities to clients like Margaret Thatcher and Hillary Clinton. Even if you can’t afford what they have to offer, you can still enjoy a visit to this superb shop, that looks more like a museum than a “retail outlet”…
From here, you can either take the ferry back to Central and Wanchai, on “the island”, or walk to nearby Harbor City (one of HK’s best shopping malls), or continue to any of Tsim sha Tsui’s other attractions.
Roni Shwartz is a certified travel consultant and an expert to the cities of Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. He writes for http://www.metropolasia.com – The ultimate online-guide for travel, dining and lifestyle in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. To know more about Hong Kong, including recommended restaurants and nightspots, shopping tips, hotel recommendations and some great suggestions for do-it-yourself trips, visit the Hong Kong Travel Guide at Metropolasia.com.