Hong Kong pulsates at night time and one of the best places to view the frenzied display of activity is Nathan Road. Buses, cars and people share this famous thoroughfare with a billion (probably more) neon lights. Its neon overload at its best.
Nathan Road runs from south to north from the intersection with Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui to Boundary Street at the northern end of Mongkok. Its definitely walkable as I have walked its entirety myself in just over an hour, but it was early morning so I would allow up to 1.5 hours once pedestrian and traffic congestion builds up. For the less energetic, most of the activity centres at both the TST and Mongkok ends.
At its Southern end probably the most famous landmark is the Peninsula Hotel which occupies the corner of Nathan Road and Salisbury Road. Between the waterfront and Chungking Mansions in TST is a particularly busy area of the road and a great place to photograph the enormous neon signs in the evening. This area is also the "mobile shopfronts" of numerous touts so if you are happy with a very poor quality "copy watch" or "copy handbag" you can certainly purchase one around this location. No need to ask any questions. They can pick even the most nondescript tourist out of the approaching crowd so they will approach you. Dont feel intimidated though. Just give them a brusk one word reply such as "NO" and keep walking.
There are five MTR stations making is easy to alight directly onto (or close to) Nathan Road.
Tsim Sha Tsui - For Harbour City Shopping Centre and the Star Ferry
Jordan - for the southern entrance to Temple Street Night Market. (see my tip for directions)
Yau Ma Tei - Jade Market (not open during the evening - see my tip for directions)
Mongkok - Ladies Market (Tung Choi Street), Fa Yuen Street and Langham Place Mall
Prince Edward - Yuen Po Street (Bird Market) Flower Market and Goldfish Market (day time only) and Fa Yuen Street Market.
There are also hundred of buses running along Nathan Road at any given time but check the routes before boarding as many branch off Nathan Road to other destinations.
Nathan Road is the main thoroughfare in Kowloon, Hong Kong that goes in a south-north direction from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mong Kok. so, If you are staying in Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui then you are not gonna miss the wonderful experience of Nathan Road!
I love Nathan Road at night, my first day in Hong Kong I didn't know where to go or what to do so, I decided to discover the famous Nathan Road! I was impressed It is lined with shops and restaurants and throngs with tourists, I didn't had the intention to do any shopping back then but I ended up with 10 shopping bags ! too many stores and its hard to resist. and in my opinion Nathan Road is the best place for shopping in Kowloon, no matter what you are shopping for. It's also very safe to walk at night.
We walked to Nathan Rd from the Star Ferry terminal . We kind of stumbled upon it . It was impossible to miss with all the bright lights . I don't know what time it shuts down , the shops seemed pretty lively still when we were there around 10PM . There are lots of street venders trying to get some tourist dollars and place to eat and drink . Its a fun people watching area !!
Dress Code Anything goes!
I am exagerating of course, but Nathan Road is the street where you can see people and find all kinds of shops until late night...
Even if the shops are closed, there is still lots of people coming from and going to some pub, disco or restaurant nearby.
Exciting night life...
The neon signages seem to be a sign of Hong Kong. Don't worry about falling signages as you walk along Nathan Road, they don't fall that easily.. these neon signages do give this city a more lively atmosphere...
If you want to see the neon signs, you could see it all along Nathad Road, but i think the best places would be around Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok.
Looking for cheaper things to buy, check out at Temple Street, Ladies market that you'll only see the "people" appeared along the street at night.
To the ladies, the skin care products are way too cheap compare to Malaysia !!! So make sure you bring along your credit card or loads of cash !!!!!!!
Dress Code I'll prefer t-shirt and shorts even during mid november, to me, the weather is just nice. However, to the Hong Kong people, it might be a little bit too chilly because they tend to wear coat, jacket where I am sure I'll get heat stroke if I put it on. Probably I have too much body fat ;)
There are some very nice night spots along Nathan road, like for example walking around and is worth checking out those sales around but be carefull! If you fancy and like to hang out with friends, you can go check out the place in Kimberely Rd. it's infront of the Kimberely hotel and you can find some nice places to drink and you can go sing in a karaoke!=)
Dress Code You can dress whatever you want...as they say," It's your own risk!"
Nathan Road is a bustling street located in Kowloon. At night it is an interesting place to be. There are nightclubs and restaurants here. During the daytime a lot of good shops are located here. Some of Hong Kongs more budget accomodation can be found here.
Immediately east of the Peninsula Hotel, running north from Salisbury Road, is the brilliantly lit Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui which dominates the commercial heart of Kowloon. There are also many hotels located on both sides of Nathan Road, which is known as Hong Kong's 'Golden Mile' of shopping and nightlife. Here you will find electronics shops, tailors, jewellery stores and fashion boutiques. The shopping arcades of Chungking Mansions are a jungle of ethnic shops, curry houses and dark corners. Chungking Mansions is also a budget accommodation haven.
NATHAN ROAD is a must-see. The market doesn't stop, but goes on well into the night. Walking it by night is amazing and the subject of many photos. By day, it's great, but by night, much, much better!
It's been around for a while but Someplace Else in the Sheraton at the bottom of Nathan Road is still the place to be seen and heard in Hong Kong. But if you are not into posing with your mobile phone, you could try one of Hong Kong's humbler places, where the beer is cheaper and the conversation just as lively. Hong Kong is still delightfully sexist, so keep your eyes open for the San Miguel Girls in their short skirts flitting from bar to bar as part of a beer promotion. Don't worry if you miss them - the beer will still taste as good.