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Kowloon Travel Guide: 303 reviews and 858 photos

How Kowloon got her name...

The name 'Kowloon' is thought to have originated when the last emperor of the Song dynasty passed through the area during his flight from the Mongols in the late 13th century. He is said to have counted eight peaks on the peninsula and concluded that there must therefore be eight dragons there. But the young emperor was reminded that with he himself present, there were actually nine dragons. Kowloon is thus derived from the Cantonese words gau, meaning 'nine' and lung, meaning 'dragon'.

Kowloon's Short History and Geography...

Kowloon proper, the area ceded 'in perpetuity' to Britain by the Convention of Peking in 1860, extends north from the waterfront as far as Boundary Street in Mongkok. It covers about 12 sq km but land reclamation and encroachment into the New Territories, the so-called New Kowloon, over the past 150 odd years has more than quadrupled its size to almost 47 sq km or just over 4% of the total landmass.

Kowloon's Importance...

Kowloon most important area, Tsim Sha Tsui, has none of the slickness or sophistication of Hong Kong's Central except within the confines of its top-end hotels. The territory's historical and financial 'capital' lies on Hong Kong Island; Kowloon is the hinterland, a riot of commerce and tourism set against a backdrop of crumbling tenement blocks. Leave the glittering shopping centres and hotels behind and you begin to see where Hong Kong and China converge, culturally at least. East doesn't really meet west in Kowloon - it swallows up.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cheaper than Hong Kong Island in general
  • Cons:Quite polluted
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  • Last visit to Kowloon: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated Apr 13, 2007
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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Nice overview. Thanks for refreshing my memory of a long ago trip.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Another great page. Loved the dog flowers ;-)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    very nice Hk tips...haven' t been ther for 20 years! Oh, and your baby is so cute>>> Greetings from AZ, jumpingnorman :)

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Kowloon is always where I stay when in HK; but I miss the atmosphere of the 1970's.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    I 'lived' in HK for 6 weeks and what a wonderful time!Your pg has me even thinking Ive really been away in Europe too too long! and I miss our Asian hemisphere!(Hard Rock Cafe Kowloon was one of my best restaurant meals!)

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Lovely market tips. Thanks for birthday wishes!

  • makiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Nice Kowloon pix. I made it to some of the markets, but wish I had time for the bird market too. Take care, Rob

  • ZiOOlek's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2007 at 12:50 AM

    Thanks for sharing.:) I write my thesis about Hong Kong and I am always excited to see some new tips and pictures.:) Best regards.

  • Apr 14, 2007 at 12:14 AM

    Wow, I seem to be the fist one visiting this page! :P

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