West Kowloon

The International Commerce Centre (ICC) - the tallest building in HK (492 M) with 118 storey and an observation floor on the 100F. As at 2011, the highest hotel in the world - Ritz Carlton occupies the 102 to 118F; the hotel bar on 118F is also the highest bar in the world.

Ozone, Hong Kong Tosca Ritz Carlton Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
View from the Ozone bar on 118F Inside the Ozone bar  Italian restaurant Tosca on 102F. Quite pricey and super popular (booking is full always). Yet, I have the best pasta I ever have from there  At the hotel pool on 118F  My stay in a harbor view room on 109
ICC Hong Kong International Commerce Centre
View from my room on 109F Views from observation deck on 100F - South East  West  North 


Cultural and art development - the area just outside the Kowloon Airport Express Station will be developed into a world class cultural and art zone with plenty of museums and performance arenas within the next 10 years. Also the super fast train connecting HK and Guangzhou will be starting from there.


Sham Shui Po

Han Dynasty Tomb Museum - Exit A3, Cheung Sha Wan MTR Station, walk along Tonkin Street to Lei Cheng Uk Estate. A tomb of more than 2,000 years of history, very well preserved.



Monkey's hill and Chow Yun Fat's home - see Hiking for Monkey's Hill. Chow Yun Fat is living in Caldecott Height, Caldecott Road.

Lai Chi Kok Skateboard Park - Lai Chi Kok Park, exit D2, Mei Foo MTR Station. 

Street-sleepers - a world-class international city where you can see expensive luxurious cars and apartments cost over millions of US$ everywhere; but there are very poor people living in HK at the same time. Some living in tiny flat not more than 100 square feet altogether or in cages; however, the most unlucky ones are those living on streets. I am not encouraging you to make fun of them, but to experience the real side of HK, pay a visit to Tung Chau Street in Sham Shui Po near the Tung Chau Park and Jade Market. 8 minutes walk from Exit D1, Nam Cheong MTR.



Ap Liu Street market - see Shopping section

Computer centers - see Shopping section

YHA Mei Ho Youth Hostel at Shek Kip Mei - renovated from the first ever public housing building of HK built in 1953, the Mei Ho Hostel is full of history of the struggle and strive to succeed of HK people in the late 20th century. Conveniently located at the most interesting area of HK, where you can find cheap clothes, elctronics, computer stuff, food, and many more: http://www.meihohouse.hk/eng/index.php There is a cultural museum which shows the life of the people who lived there before - life of people who shared a unit of only 120 sq ft with 9 others for 10 years or more.



From left: Women's bathroom - no flush, no door, no seat... / Kitchen, shared with 50 others / This tiny building used to be home of 1,000





Kowloon City

Kowloon Walled City Park - taxi from Kowloon Tong or Lok Fu MTR.

Kowloon Walled City

Kowloon Walled City was an residential area in Kowloon since the Qing Dynasty. It was a 'city' independent from the colonial government according to the unequal treaty; resulting to an occupation of triad societies. After the re-unification of HK with China, the Walled City was torn down and become a park.

 

Song Emperor's Rock - At Olympic Park stands a rock carved by (the last) Song emperor 700 years ago when he was escaping from the Mongolians. He was killed by the latter in HK eventually. You can also take a look of the runway of the old airport at the park until it is redeveloped a few years later.



Old Kai Tak Airport - Now a luxury Cruise Terminal, the Kai Tak still welcomes you. On the roof of the terminal it is a public garden where you can enjoy 360' of the harbor view. I am sure it will become the best place to enjoy firework at the harbor! To get there, you can take bus no. 5R from Ngau Tau Kok MTR Station on SUNDAY; or minibus 86 from Kowloon Bay MTR Station everyday from 07:00 to 20:00.

Outside the Terminal, there is a waterfront park which open 24 hours a day. Public transportation does not operate for 24 hours, but it is actually not that far away from the Kwun Tong town by walking.





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