Hong Kong is a vibrant cosmopolitan city that is a central hub of Asia. Like any large metropolis, it has many different faces and colors.
While the skyscrapers, fancy hotels, posh restaurants and financial center are mostly on Hong Kong island, it is in Kowloon, on the mainland, where the real China pulsates, especially as one moves farther away from the waterway.
Here you’ll find the greatest Chinatown in the world, dwarfing those found in other parts of the globe such as New York and San Francisco. With more than two million habitants in a space of less than 50 square kilometers, Kowloon is one of the most densely populated areas on the planet.
This city within a city boasts an abundance of mouth-watering restaurants, noodle bars and snack shacks offering authentic Chinese, Indian, Nepalese and Thai cooking. Thousands of different aromas waft through the air simultaneously throughout the many tiny streets lined with hordes of markets and shops selling everything under the sun, from fresh livestock to fresh flowers.
Kowloon is also a shopping mecca, home to a huge concentration of electronics, as well as clothing and accessory knock-offs. A trip to Kowloon would not be complete without a visit to the Ladies’ Market, an immense outdoor shopping experience that is sheer chaos.
After a full day of immersion deep in Kowloon, you’ll probably feel the need for some air and space. That’s when it’s time to take the Star Ferry across the harbor for a breather.