Kowloon can be found on the northern side of Hong Kong. It used to be a separate city until it was occupied by the British in 1860. Its name translates to “nine dragons,” after the eight tallest mountains in the area. Emperor Bing, who named Kowloon, represented the ninth dragon and completed the namesake. Since Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, Kowloon has grown into a cultural gem hidden within the region. Here’s how you could spend the perfect day exploring this wonderful city.

Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon.

Morning: Visit Wong Tai Sin Temple

The Wong Tai Sin Temple accommodates three religions: Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, and has a reputation for making every wish come true. Even if you’re not part of one of these three religions, it’s worth visiting this temple to learn about the cultures that worship there and to take in the scenery in the area.

The temple utilizes the art of Feng Shui with the five geomantic elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. You can find these elements represented in fountains, the Bronze Pavilion, and the Yue Heung Shrine. The temple itself is decorated with bright colors and patterns that draw the eye and fascinate visitors who come to pay their respects.

Mid-Morning: Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum

In 1955, archaeologists discovered the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb, which is believed to have been built during the Eastern Han Dynasty between AD 25 and 220. While the tomb itself is closed off to visitors for conservation reasons, it’s possible to catch a glimpse of it through the tempered glass in the museum.

The museum offers visitors insight into life during the Han Dynasty. Visitors can learn about the food of the time, as well as the culture, geography, and trades of the area. This is a perfect stop if you’re interested in the history of the region and want to learn about the earlier civilizations in Hong Kong.

Mid-Day: Find Lunch on Temple Street or Yiu Tung Street

After spending the morning appreciating the culture and history of the region, head toward Temple Street or Yiu Tung Street to find some of the best outdoor eating in Hong Kong. Temple Street is known for its spicy crab restaurants, particularly Temple Spice Crabs. These affordable meals of spicy crabs are fresh, delicious, and best washed down with a glass of beer.

Yiu Tung Street is more varied, and visitors can find a variety of stalls selling noodles, seafood, and other Hong Kong favorites. Follow your nose to find something that looks as good as it smells, and don’t be afraid to try something new. Some of the more traditional Cantonese dishes might seem strange to foreign palates, but they have won visitors over, making Kowloon a top foodie destination in China.

Temple Street
Temple Street in Kowloon.

Afternoon: Visit the Macaques in Kam Shan Country Park

Kam Shan, otherwise known as Monkey Hill, is known for its local rhesus macaques. Walking to the top of the hill takes about an hour and a half, which is perfect for working off the spicy crabs and noodles you ate for lunch. Along the way, you can enjoy some of Hong Kong’s unspoiled countryside and snap photos of other flora and fauna that live with the famous macaques.

Kam Shan is also an ideal site for history buffs to visit. British troops built air raid shelters in the area during WWII in preparation for a Japanese invasion. You can still see ruins of the fort as you hike around the area, with monkeys keeping watch and protecting the city.

Evening: Walk Along the Avenue of the Stars

The Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront was built in 1982 and was transformed into the Avenue of the Stars in 2004. This is China’s Hollywood Walk of Fame, and guests can see tributes to famous film stars through their handprints and statues placed along the way. This area is also one of the most scenic in Kowloon, and you’re sure to want to snap a few photos of the sunset or pose with your travel companions around a set of famous handprints.

Avenue of the Stars
Avenue of the Stars (China’s Hollywood Walk of Fame) established in 2004.

The Avenue of the Stars also has cultural shows and exhibitions throughout the year, which is another reason to visit it during the evening. You might be able to hear some modern Chinese music or watch dancers perform their craft. This turns the avenue from a unique waterfront to a hub for cultural expression.

Keep these tips about Kowloon in mind, and let godotrip.com help you plan your trip to this amazing city and the surrounding area.