Tsim Sha Tsui Introduction
Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon is Hong Kong’s hotel headquarters, with a very large slice of the city's mid range and premium properties located in the district. Some of the most notable include the stately Peninsula, the breathtaking Intercontinental and the budget bending YMCA Salisbury.
Tsim Sha Tsui is also the city’s dedicated tourist area, with top notch museums such as The Science Museum and Art Museum clustered around the waterfront. You’ll also find Nathan Road, Chungking Mansions and the Avenue of Stars, the latter boasting the best views in town of the skyscraper wall that is the Hong Kong skyline. Further along Nathan Road is Kowloon Park, one of the biggest and best public parks in Hong Kong.
Some claim that the area has a phony feel, because the shops and restaurants are largely pitched at tourists, and this, to an extent, is true, just look at all the touts trading along Nathan Road. However, large swathes of the area remain gritily local, such as the (in) famous Chungking Mansions, where much of Hong Kong’s sub continent population live, trade and serve the best curries in the city. And, for all the hype of Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai, you’ve much more chance of sharing a pint with a local in Knutsford Terrace than over on Hong Kong Island.
Tsim Sha Tsui is Hong Kong at its buzzing, breakneck best.
Tsim Sha Tsui is located in Kowloon, facing across from Central, and banked by the Jordan district to the north. Nathan Road is the area’s main artery, while the Avenue of Stars runs across the waterfront.
How to Get There
Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the city’s best connected areas. Your best bet for city transport is the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR red line. You can also travel across to Hong Kong Island, to Central or Wan Chai, on the famous Star Ferry. Tsim Sha Tsui is also the site for one of the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry terminals (China Ferry Terminal) on Canton Road, which also, as the name suggests, offers ferry services to China. To reach Tsim Sha Tsui from the airport take the Airport Express train and then one of the many free shuttle buses that serve the area’s hotels.
What to See
Most of Tsim Sha Tsui's main sights are clustered around the waterfront and just off Nathan Road. Some of the major sights include; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Science Museum, the Kowloon-Canton Clock Tower, The Avenue of Stars, Nathan Road, Chungking Mansions and the Peninsula Hotel. You can find out about all of these, including listings, and more in our Best Sights in Tsim Sha Tsui article.