• Tania Wee

Getting to know West Kowloon, Hong Kong

Located in the western part of Kowloon Peninsula, West Kowloon is well-known for being the art and culture hub of Hong Kong. With the district’s rich heritage and vibrant street life in Yau Ma Tei and Jordan along with its two new world-class museums – M+ and the Hong Kong Palace Museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), West Kowloon is set to becoming a landmark neighbourhood in art and cultural tourism.

West Kowloon has long been rich with the local life of the bustling communities of Yau Ma Tei and Jordan and are home to many historical architectures, time-tested stores and traditional craftsmanship, and the artistic lure of the WKCD. With this in mind, Hong Kong Tourism Board recently launched the West Kowloon neighbourhood programme as part of the "Every Bit Local” in the “Hong Kong Neighbourhoods” campaign which has featured "Old Town Central” and “Sham Shui Po".

Join us as HKTB takes us on a journey through a district rich with art and culture existing as one.

Five walking routes to uncover a rich heritage

Starting from the beautiful shoreline at the WKCD, the “West Kowloon” neighbourhood programme extends to Yau Ma Tei and Pitt Street, and spans along Nathan Road to reach streets and paths around Austin Road, Jordan.

To reflect the unique characteristics of each area, there are five thematic walking tours tha that has been devised to focus on Heritage & Craftmanship, Cultural Arts and Culinary Arts. The routes cover many little-known corners of the city that are often overlooked by residents and visitors alike, such as a bookstore hidden in the Tin Hau Temple, a seafood restaurant transformed into an art hotel, and a condiment store promoting western dishes fused with traditional fermented tofu.

The routes offer recommendations for more than 50 points of interest, shops, and restaurants, and are available as an interactive e-map on the West Kowloon neighbourhood campaign page of the HKTB website. Special offers have been arranged with shops and restaurants in the neighbourhood for people who take part in the walks to encourage spending.

Photo spot with spectacular large-scale art installations

Art is a central theme of the West Kowloon neighbourhood promotion. As well as the M+ and the Hong Kong Palace Museum, the HKTB has teamed up with “FriendsWithYou”, a pop-art duo featuring Samuel Borkson from Florida, US, and Arturo Sandoval III from Cuba, to bring their gigantic art installation and signature pop-art characters to Hong Kong and share the positive vibes to the neighbourhood.

The installations will be in the Art Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District from 23 September to 14 October with free admission, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy international art exhibits and create photo memories.

A variety of areas will be decorated as part of the promotion. The footbridge and subway between the WKCD and Jordan will be transformed into an “Arts Corridor”. Thematic buntings with a programme webpage QR code will meanwhile be displayed around the Yau Ma Tei and Jordan MTR stations and on lampposts along Museum Drive.

The HKTB has also made promotional films featuring well-known personalities from the neighbourhood, who guide viewers along the streets and sidewalks and give their first-hand perspectives to viewers worldwide who are currently unable to visit in person.

Your guide to Hong Kong’s West Kowloon

How to get there:

MTR: Exit from Kowloon Station (at Elements) from either Exit E4 or E5, head to Austin Station and take Exit E or West Kowloon Station at Exit G. Bus: China Hong Kong City Bus Terminus at Bus Numbers 3C, 14, 238X and 238P or Austin Road at Bus Numbers 12, 110, 203C, 215X, and 260X.

Taxi: From Central, a taxi takes roughly 18 minutes for a fee of HK$88, subject to traffic and tunnel charges.

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