AT A GLANCE - Kowloon
TST boasts the city's largest shopping complex in the form of Harbour City and Ocean Terminal on Canton Road, with 700 shops and 50 cafes or restaurants. Designer clothing and cosmetics are to the fore. Also on Canton Road, China Hong Kong City connects to hotels and the China Ferry Terminal. The luxury continues in West Kowloon, where Elements is the retail standard bearer. Over at Cameron Road and Granville Road (off Nathan Road), bargain clothing stores abound, while further north at Yau Ma Tei the stalls of Temple Street offer Hong Kong paraphernalia. Mong Kok has the 15-storey Langham Place, while the tourist haunts around Ladies Market teem with atmosphere.
Wine & dine
Partygoers are never short of a venue in TST. A row of international restaurants and bars, with dancing and live music, adorn Knutsford Terrace. However, for cocktails on a distinctly higher level, there are Felix and Salon de Ning in The Peninsula. Fine dining is never far away in TST's five-star hotels. Spoon by Alain Ducasse is at the InterContinental Grand Stanford, while a favourite for Pekingese cuisine is the Spring Deer in Mody Road. Those eager for an authentic curry, Japanese or Korean are also spoilt for choice.
W Hotel has the Zen-inspired Bliss Spa offering a wax, ginger rub and a movie while you manicure, with a selection of delicacies, including the legendary brownie buffet, while waiting. The Peninsula Spa by Espa offers package treatments for couples.
The cluster of modern buildings near the Star Ferry house the space and science museums, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Museum of History and the cultural centre auditorium. One of the city's oldest colonial buildings, the former Marine Police HQ, is being developed into a hotel and heritage centre opposite the Star Ferry.