Kowloon, Hong Kong
To combat the winter cold in HK, make sure to wear layers on your clothes. It's not necessarily the bulky jackets. You can have a shirt, then sweater, and a muffler or shawl (which you can wear in different styles). Be sure to wear closed shoes or rubber shoes with socks.
The hotels I've stayed in the Tsim Sha Tsui area were not really that good hotels, in terms of cleanliness and luxury, since they were more of a backpackers' inn. We stayed in Mirador Mansions, no good view, but pretty cheap and a good walking distance to everything.
I've written a blog about my HK trip, which you may find useful. http://firsttimetravel.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/first-time-in-hong-kong/
Fondest memory: I love Victoria Peak. The first time I visited HK, we went on a morning and saw the exhilarating view of the entire metropolis. When I returned the last time, I made sure to climb the peak late afternoon so I would have a view of HK in daylight and at night when the city lights are turned on.
My other favorite place was the Buddha at Lantau Island. Since I went there at the end of the winter season, the place was all foggy and we couldn't see the Buddha from the bottom of the stairs.
Kowloon Park, located in the city centre of Tsim Sha Tsui, is the biggest CITY PARK in Kowloon. It covers an area of about 13.5 hectares (about 33 acres). It is said to be the 'green lung' at the centre of city.
There are plenty of flowers and trees in the park, attractive birds and hundreds of beautiful Flamengos & ducks. There is also a mini children's amusement park, a swimming pool and a gymnasium, Chinese courtyard, goldfish pont, and some artistic sculptures.
These lovely flowers pictures were taken during Chinese New Year in 2008.
The Peninsula Hotel is the top one in Hong Kong.
You may can't afford the expense to take over one night in this luxuious building.
Having caffe time or just taking pictures there is not bad idea ; )
Favorite thing: Nights have a predictability about themselves in Hong Kong. One, I am sure there will be drinking. The night will ween away into the early AM hours and there is a chance your eyes will close after the sun rises. Another sure thing is that during a visit, if you hang with locals, you will find yourself fingering through catalogs trying to find that one English song you know. The girls will probably jump up and dance wile they belt out all the Cantonese favorites and drinking games will ensue with one girl yelling "FINISH IT" You will finish, question why passing the beautiful taste of beer through your lips so quickly and than you will remeber its OK it LITE asian beer.
Favorite thing: This is Kowloon Park again...it amazed me that these beautiful parks could be hidden away amongst the hussle & bussle of Hong Kong... Out on the streets you would never guess it could be so relaxing and beautiful just a few metres away.
Before going to Hong Kong research first the weather condition. If it’s summer you know what to bring, the most comfortable shirt that you got, and bring extra please. It is so humid that you will feel sticky. I also prefer rubber shoes to make sure I am always ready for a long walk. And when it’s rainy season, always have your umbrella. Some hotels offer free use of umbrellas. And make sure you have food inside the hotel because shops literally close during typhoon, specially the major shopping malls. Sometimes they also shutdown the MTR operation bus ride can really be a hard time.
Kowloon area is a nice place to stay because it is strategically located in the city, very accessible to transpo, even just walking brings you to one of Hong Kong’s Top spot such as the Nathan Road.
Favorite thing: Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui district is one of Hong Kong's most diverse and exhilarating places. There is something for everyone here, from the bright lights of streets that never sleep to tranquil parks and architectural reminders of the colonial years.
Favorite thing: Hong Kong is a great place to wander! I really enjoyed walking around and just taking in the sights and enjoying the smells of freshly cooked food and all of the action that is constantly going on. For me it is tough to capture the feeling of that on film. I remember wandering the small streets and alleys of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon like it was yesterday...
Ladies Market along the Kowloon Areas are the best things to do, if you're a lady! You don't have to buy if you don't like thiese goods but one of the best thing is to check out the markets in any kind of place...Who knows you can find the best deal for the nicest goods you like!
Fondest memory: Busy looking out great deals...
Go to Tsim Sha Tsui in the Kowloon peninsula, either for lodging (see my Accommodation tip) or eating. Everything is cheaper than in the island, and you can cross by metro or ferry in minutes.
A little bit of 'visual pollution', though, as you can see, but that's interesting also.
walk up to the terrace above Harbour City (Tsim Sha Tsui) in Kowloon. There are lovely statures and the view is great.
Harbour City is a two million square foot shopping mall with over 700 stores, 50 restaurants, two cinemas, and 4.4 million square feet of office towers.
Tsim Sha Tsui, at the tip of the Kowloon
Peninsula, is the busy tourist area. It consists
of one sq km of shops, restaurants, pubs, topless
bars and camera stores. However, Kowloon is also
home to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the
Space Museum, the famous Peninsula Hotel and the
Museum of History.
The Promenade, in East Tsim Sha Tsui, is a great
place for a stroll, and has wonderful views of
Victoria Harbour, particularly at night. The
liveliest night market in the territory is on
emple Street in Yau Ma Tei.
Favorite thing: Kowloon (the name means 'Nine Dragons') is the large peninsula on the Chinese mainland north of Hong Kong Island that became part of Hong Kong in 1860. Kowloon and in particular its southernmost tip, Tsim Sha Tsui (“Elephant's Trunk”), is where the majority of tourists end up staying. This is not only the budget accommodation centre of Hong Kong, but also the most cosmopolitan area of any Chinese city.
Favorite thing: Tsim Sha Tsui, at the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, is the territory's tourist ghetto. It consists of one sq km of shops, restaurants, pubs, topless bars and camera stores. However, Kowloon is also home to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Space Museum, the famous Peninsula Hotel and the Museum of History. The Promenade, in East Tsim Sha Tsui, is a great place for a stroll, and has wonderful views of Victoria Harbour, particularly at night. The liveliest night market in the territory is on Temple St in Yau Ma Tei.
If you dont stay at the Peninsula Hotel then you must come for high tea or something.
Fondest memory: Besides my view of the harbor from my hotel room,I really enjoyed the ferry ride between Kowloon and HK island,cheap with great views.