Whether travelling to Asia’s World City for business, on holiday or for a long-haul stop-over, most travellers looking to book a hotel in Hong Kong at some point question what part of the city is best for them to stay in. There are many exciting neighbourgoods in Hong Kong and everything is so accessible that the first question to ask is whether you want a hotel on Hong Kong Island or on the mainland where, for example, the choice of Hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui is impressive.
Both have a lot to offer and with a public transportation system considered to be one of the best (and cheapest) in the world, it doesn’t really matter which side of Victoria Harbour you choose to book your accommodation on.
Choosing to stay on the mainland has a few major advantages, one of them being the view of the world famous Hong Kong skyline, which can only be admired from this side.
Another reason many chose hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui is the price. The value for money ratio is almost always higher on this side of the harbour, simply because the location is not on the business-focused island.
Tsim Sha Tsui, pronounced locally as Chim-Sa-Chui, is an extremely vibrant area and in walking distance of some of Hong Kong’s famous markets. The Temple Street Night Market, Jade Market and Lady’s market are all near by. They are a shopping heaven for anyone who enjoys browsing through stalls, negotiating with vendors and is on the lookout for Asian souvenirs, knock-offs and some of the best kitsch available this side of Bangkok.
Shopaholics seeking original, high-end brands can stroll over to malls such as Harbour City or along Nathan Road, with its endless supply of mid-range shops. There really is something for everyone.
Booking accommodation in Tsim Sha Tsui does also mean visitors will be close to some historic and cultural sites of Hong Kong. Kowloon Park offers a wonderful respite from the traffic, noise and urban landscape. It is easy to see locals doing tai chi, especially in the morning. If you are visiting Hong Kong with kids, then a stroll along the Avenue of Comic Stars is a must. This is a very child-friendly activity in Hong Kong and can be followed by lunch at the Charlie Brown Café, also located nearby.
Hullett House, today transformed into shops and restaurants, is a fine examples of colonial architecture and is located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. During the Christmas holiday season, the grounds are decorated with a multitude of lights and colourful decorations, making it a favourite photo destination for locals and tourists alike. It is not uncommon to see young couples getting their pictures taken around Hullett House for their wedding album. Locals in fact usually have their wedding album complete before the wedding day and spend days traipsing around the city with the bride donning multiple dress changes and posing in front of famous landmarks.
No visit to Hong Kong would be complete without taking advantage of its gastronomic offer. Whether you are into street food or counting Michelin stars, there is something for everyone. Some of the city’s best restaurants can be found in Tsim Sha Tsui and more than a few offer the famous Hong Kong skyline as an accompaniment to the food.
In this vertical city, restaurants such as the 28th floor northern Chinese restaurant Hutong or Wooloomooloo Prime the 21st floor steakhouse are an ideal way to admire this city’s incredible architecture.
Finally, every guest staying in Hong Kong should step back in time and have high tea at the Peninsula Hotel, one of Tsim Sha Tsui’s, and indeed Hong Kong’s, most famous landmarks. It is just one way of experiencing the contrast of modern life and historic beauty that define this city.