Neighbourhood: West Kowloon
By Laura Gelder – 2 minute read
The area encompasses Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and the newly-developed West Kowloon Cultural District. While the former pair are steeped in history, the latter will be Hong Kong’s premier cultural hub once completed by 2023.
Tin Hau Temple is where local fishermen (or anyone whose life is tied to the sea) will come to pray to Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea.
Shanghai Street is one of Hong Kong’s oldest thoroughfares and visitors can wander down the Yau Ma Tei section of the street to see preserved old Chinese shop-houses.
For a more modern vista, Sky100’s Observation Deck is a must. Located on the 100th floor of the ICC building it has panoramic views across Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour.
The bustling Temple Street Night Market is often listed as one of Hong Kong’s top markets and sells everything from clothing to antiques, while Yau Ma Tei Jade Market is the place to go if you want to pick up a souvenir made from this semi-precious stone, considered lucky in Chinese culture.
Arts & culture
Yau Ma Tei Theatre was a cinema when it was built in 1930 but is now a home for Cantonese Opera. It was restored in 2012 and great care was taken to ensure much of the original building remains for visitors to enjoy as much as the performances.
Opened in January 2019, the Xiqu Centre is dedicated to the preservation of the art of Chinese traditional theatre and nurtures Hong Kong’s unique form of Cantonese Opera. Along with two theatres, the centre also includes a contemporary cha chaan teng, where visitors can sample traditional Hong Kong style milk teas, as well as the Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant.
Art Park is the green heart of West Kowloon. Located in the West Kowloon Cultural District, it overlooks Victoria Harbour and is a vibrant venue for open-air performances, art exhibitions and other cultural events, as well as a great place to relax.
West Kowloon hub- tours
HKTB is launching five free self-guided itineraries of West Kowloon focussed on the themes of architecture, crafts, culture, urban art and food.
The Architecture tour highlights the area's transformation from a humble fishing community to Hong Kong’s centre for arts and culture, while the Made by Hand tour helps travellers discover the history of the neighbourhood through local craftsmen, artisans and artists. Art in Panorama will showcase the upcoming M+ Museum later this year, also taking in West Kowloon Sky Corridor Sightseeing Deck and Avenue of Stars among other spots. The Urban Art route reveals both recognisable pieces as well as little-known murals, unique installations and boutique galleries. Finally, Local Flavours will include stops at family run businesses which have shaped Hong Kong’s culinary landscape, such as Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop and Temple Street Night Market.
Find out more about these tours at discoverhongkong.com
M+ Museum is scheduled to open in 2021 and will be one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world. It will encompass 20th and 21st century visual art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Asia and beyond.
The West Kowloon Cultural District will also include The Lyric Theatre, expected to open in 2023 and showcasing the best of Hong Kong and international dance and theatre. it comprises the 1,450-seat lyric theatre, 600-seat medium theatre and a 270-seat studio theatre. There will also be the Hong Kong Palace Museum, displaying Chinese art and cultural artefacts from the imperial collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing in two exhibition halls, plus activity rooms, a 400-seat theatre of its own, gift shop and restaurant.