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vs Kowloon

Staying in Hong Kong and considering the difference between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon?  Both have advantages of course and while we feel that Hong Kong Island is better in total than Kowloon Side you may disagree if something on Kowloon is of particular interest. 

Pro Hong Kong Island Pro Kowloon Side
  • Major attractions like Victoria Peak and Stanley Market are on HK side
  • Best non-touristy but non-local friendly shopping in Wanchai and Causeway Bay
  • Central Walkway system means a lot of areas can be covered on foot
  • A mix of parks, skyscrapers, traditional Chinese, British Colonial and built up and rural areas all in a small area
  • Best access to ferries for Outlying Islands or side trips to Kowloon
  • Hotels and tourist facilities well developed particularly around Nathan Road


Con Hong Kong Island Con Kowloon Side
  • Needs to cross the harbour to see other parts of the region
  • Lack of very cheap accommodation
  • Overall more down market than HK
  • Tourist traps abound on Nathan Road with touts and reproduction watches.

Food and dining

From the with everything from street foods in to Michelin Star dining just in the Central business district alone, and with fresh seafood in Aberdeen beside the harbour while Japanese snacks and foods are to be found in Causeway Bay, and of course Dim Sum everywhere, there is no one "Hong Kong island food" as such, but there are certainly highlights and things not to be missed.

Here then are some of those choices, from the well known to the obscure, from 5 star hotels to off the beaten track delights, try some of these then strike out on your own and try something you haven't tried before!

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