Sam's Exotic Photos of Kowloon, Hong Kong
Kowloon (the name means "Nine Dragons") is the large peninsula on the Chinese mainland north of Hong Kong Island. It was ceded to Hong Kong by China in 1960 to provide protection over the ships stationed in Victoria Harbour.
As well as jaw-dropping shopping and dining options, the tourist heartland of Tsim Sha Tsui is one of Hong Kong's most diverse and exhilarating locales. 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, like the Clock Tower built in 1915 as part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus. Named after the British governor who designed it, bustling Nathan Road was scorned as a white elephant and originally dubbed "Nathan's Folly". In recent decades, however, it has become celebrated as the "Golden Mile" because of the dazzling array of neon-decorated shops, hotels, restaurants and nightspots that flank the wide thoroughfare. Tsim Sha Tsui is also home to Kowloon Park, which extends from Nathan Road to Canton Road and provides a welcome respite from the crowds of Tsim Sha Tsui proper.
Tsim Sha Tsui East (including Hung Hom) is a major hotel, shopping and nightlife area fronting a fine waterfront promenade that offers a stunning view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island's incredible skyline. Near the end of the promenade is Hung Hom Station, for trains to the New Territories and mainland China. The Hong Kong Coliseum, the Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Museum of History are also in the area.
Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, which extends from Tsim Sha Tsui (Cultural Centre, Science and Arts Museums) to Tsim Sha Tsui East (Avenue of the Stars) is not only famous in its own right but also because it lies across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island, whose skyline is absolutely stunning - voted the third best in the world. (Also see link below for new photos)
Just north of Tsim Sha Tsui is lively Yau Ma Tei, which means "place of sesame plants" in Chinese and reflects the area's rural heritage. A few blocks north, Mong Kok has long held the distinction of being one of the world's most densely populated urban areas. Although parts of the district have been modernized, it remains a cheerfully crowded community and a hive of shopping activity.
Chi Lin Nunnery is located on Diamond Hill in once rural Wong Tai Sin District. Nestled among the high rise buildings around it, Chi Lin Nunnery, originally built in 1930, was completely rebuilt in 2000. It is, in my opinion, the most striking of all the many Buddhist temples in Hong Kong.
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