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A Magnificent Destination in Kowloon, Hong Kong

Dec 16, 2007
Kowloon is one of the four main areas of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, others being Hong Kong Island, which is regarded as the financial center of the city; the New Territories, which is considered the farm belt of the city; and the Outlying Islands, which holds attractions such as the Lamma Island and the Lantau Island.

Literally meaning 'nine dragons,' the bustling urban area of Kowloon consists of three sections such as Kowloon Peninsula, New Kowloon, and Victoria Harbor. The best known part of the Kowloon is the tip of Peninsula facing the Hong Kong Island.

Kowloon is located to the south of Hong Kong Island in Northern Hong Kong, and includes five of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, among which most prominent are Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong. Others are Kwun Tong, Sham Shui Po, and Wong Tai Sin.

Primarily a residential area, Kowloon City is developed on the site of the old age Kowloon Walled City built during the period of the Song Dynasty. Al though a smaller district in terms of land area, Yau Tsim Mong is one of the busiest business areas in Hong Kong. The name of this district has been derived from the three significant areas of Hong Kong such as Yaumati, Mong Kok, and Tsim Sha Tsui.

When comes to attractions, Kowloon provides a great number of options for visitors touring the destination. Of which some of them are

Kowloon Park - which has to its credit an incredible array of attractions such as indoor heated over sized swimming pool, leisure pool connected by a number of waterfalls, an expansive Chinese Garden, a Children's playground, and above all, an open air sculpture museum which exhibits works done by local as well as overseas sculptors.

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden - This is a must-visit destination for bird lovers. The focal point of this garden is a variety of songbirds in exquisitely crafted bamboo cages. The bird garden is open daily from 7 hrs to 21 hrs.

Kowloon Walled City Park - This is one of the newest parks in Hong Kong. The park is designed in a classical style Chinese garden, which is well manicured and consists of man made hills, bonsai, and beautiful ponds and streams. Highlights also include beautiful paths, flower gardens, playground, and pavilions.

Nathan Road - Also referred to as the 'Golden Mile of Kowloon,' Nathan Road is a busy area brimming with upscale hotels, shops, and food stalls. One of the most prominent areas in the road is the Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard, which is home to more than 50 shops.

Jade Market - As the name indicates, Jade Market is a great area to shop jade items. But, it is recommended to take a specialist with you for shopping jade items.

Mong Kok - For shopping electronic items such as CDs and mobile phone accessories at bargain prices, no other destinations would be better than Mong Kok.

Wong Tai Sin Temple - A visit to Kowloon would be incomplete without taking a tour to this temple, which is reminiscent of a hermit who was well-known for his healing powers. A Chinese pharmacy can also be found within the temple. Nearby areas of the temple is filled with fortune tellers.

Other not to miss attractions in Kowloon are Tsim Sha Tsui, an area that is much famed for high class fashion stores; Kowloon Tong, a station within the local train network and whose prime attraction is an elegant as well as stylish mall with more than 200 shops; Night Market, which becomes exuberant as the sun goes down and consists of a number of open air eateries serving sumptuous cuisines; and Ladies' Market, a popular area exclusively for shopping ladies' clothing and cosmetics. Above all, stupendous is the nightlife of Kowloon, with an array of bars and restaurants.

In fact, Kowloon is one of the most magnificent destinations in Hong Kong. Hence, the area boasts of a number of accommodation choices to satisfy every level of travelers from budget conscious to well-heeled. Dining options available here are truly incredible, with a variety of cuisines including Japanese, Italian, and Cantonese delicacies.
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Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and manages 54 hotels under Shangri-La and Traders brands with a rooms inventory of over 27,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.
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