Day Trip to Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

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Howdy! If you are a fan of Hong Kong TVB dramas, you would have heard about Tsim Sha Tsui. Tsim Sha Tsui is a melting pot for huge shopping malls, ferry pier, art galleries, café and restaurants. You can never miss this is you’re an authentic shopper.

If you’re not a shopper, there are still plenty to do in Tsim Sha Tsui.

 

Hong Kong Cultural Centre

When we first arrived at Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) MTR Station, we got lost a little due to the construction around the station. Basically, Hong Kong Cultural Centre is close to most of the main tourist spots (i.e. Avenue of Stars, Ferry Pier, Clock Tower and etc.). The easiest way to get to those hotspots is to find Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

We passed by Hong Kong Cultural Centre before we arrived at the TST waterfront. This cultural centre is the biggest multipurpose performance facility in the city. It facilitates operas, dance, drama shows, concerts and musical performance.

If you fancy watching a show in Hong Kong, you can visit Hong Kong Cultural Centre website to check out the “Event Calendar”. It sets out the price, presenter and a website which you can get information on how to purchase the ticket for a particular event.

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TST Waterfront

TST Waterfront is just a stone throw away from Hong Kong Cultural Centre. It didn’t take us very long to have a look at the great view of Victoria Harbour from TST Waterfront.

We arrived at TST Waterfront pretty early (around 8 am). Thus, the crowd wasn’t there yet. We had a walk along the promenade. It’s spacious and this is probably the best place to get an uninterrupted view. This is where you’re able to enjoy the spectacular views of Hong Kong Skyline.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade links the area between the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Clock Tower. A stroll along the promenade was peaceful. The only thing we couldn’t tolerate was the scorching sun. OMG! It didn’t take us very long to turn into sweaty pants.

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Clock Tower

If you’re at TST Waterfront, a visit to Clock Tower is inevitable. This Clock Tower has a long history and it was built in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. I know, what is so special about this tower? It doesn’t really have extraordinary architecture or function. Well, it is a memorable landmark for many Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus during the Age of Steam.

Well, it is a memorable landmark for many Chinese immigrants who pass through this terminus during the Age of Steam. Today, the terminus had gone but this clock symbolises their chance to start new lives in Hong Kong (and probably other parts of the world).

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Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier

Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier is also known as the Star Ferry Pier. We took a Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Island. The Star Ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central only cost HKD$2 (weekdays) and HKD$3.40 (weekends and holidays). The earliest Star Ferry starts at 7.20am.

Tips: You can plan a day trip to Hong Kong Island by taking a Star Ferry from TST in the morning. Then either take a Star Ferry or a train back to TST in the evening. There is a light show “A Symphony of Lights” at 8 pm every day.

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Hong Kong Science Museum 

I thought Science Museum is for nerd and geek. It must be a very boring place. I am wrong and I’m sorry for jumping to a conclusion so quickly. Hong Kong Science Museum is awesome. It’s like a giant playground (at least for me).

This is a museum encourages interaction from the visitors. It explains Science theories to the visitors by having them engaged in the games, tasks or experiments. Thus, it’s very different from the traditional museums. It’s amusing as it is full of the interactive exhibits.

Tips: If you are planning to buy a ticket upon arrival, you have to be prepared that there will be a long queue (especially school holidays). If you visit the Science Museum on Wednesday, the admission is free. For more information, check out the link below:

Ticketing Information

  1. Standard Ticket: $20
  2. Group Ticket: $14 (special rate of Standard Ticket for groups of 20 people or more per visit)
  3. Concessionary Ticket: $10 (people with disabilities (and one accompanying-carer) and senior citizens aged 60 or above)*

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Harbour City

Shoppers, you’re going to love Harbour City. If you’re looking for luxury brands, this is the place. Don’t get me wrong, there are many shopping malls in TST, but Harbour City is the largest and most diverse shopping mall in Hong Kong.

There are cafes or restaurants you can pick to dine in overlooking Victoria Harbour. We picked a cafe – “Moomin cafe” to have desserts while waiting for the light show. Apparently, it has good reviews from the customers. It serves really cute and tasty desserts. Besides, there are some cartoon – Moomin characters like Moominmamma and Moominpappa that you can pick to sit with or take a photo with.

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 A Symphony of Lights

Lewis was eager to bring me to this light show called “A Symphony of Lights“. It starts at 8 pm daily. We went to the TST Waterfront at 7.15 pm in order to get a good spot. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get any seat in the middle of the TST Waterfront (that’s the best spot). The crowd was already there as the show is free.

Lewis said this light show is special because it has been named as ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’ by Guinness World Records. There are five main themes: Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership, and the finale, Celebration.

We waited quite a while for the show. I was expecting a lot more from the show. In fact, it was disappointing. I was expecting that it would be remarkable. The colour lights were synchronised to music. However, there were not many laser beams. I wasn’t sure whether the show is always like this or just my luck.

After 5-10 minutes, we saw the crowd starting to subside. I guess I wasn’t the only person feeling the lack in the show. Personally, I think you should still drop by if you happen to be in TST. The show is free anyway and the night view of Victoria Harbour is still stunning.

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Have you been to Hong Kong? Do you love it and feel free to share your experience with me. If you have any places you would like to recommend, drop me a message. Thank you for reading. 🙂

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Lexinder

 

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