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Why Nathan Road is special ?
Nathan Road is the main thoroughfare in Kowloon, Hong Kong that goes in a south-north direction from Tsim Sha Tsui to Sham Shui Po. It is lined with shops and restaurants and throngs with tourists, and was known in the post-World War II years as the Golden Mile, a name that is now rarely used. It starts on the southern part of Kowloon at its junction with Salisbury Road, a few metres north of Victoria Harbour, and ends at its intersection with Boundary Street in the north. The total length of the Nathan Road is about 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi).
Hong Kong's Nathan Road got its moniker because of the plethora of neon signs that line the street. While the area in central Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong can be somewhat sleazy there are, nonetheless, certainly many upscale establishments on the road, mostly at the southern end. The vibrant, lighted signs are a sight to behold, especially in the evening, and many think portions of the road resemble New York City's Times Square.
What to explore at Nathan Road?
Most visitors flock to Nathan Road for the shopping opportunities. Boutiques touting the latest fashions are quite popular as are electronics shops, selling a wide variety of digital cameras, music players and cell phones. For upscale electronics shops you better head towards Central though. As is custom in Hong Kong many stores remain open until midnight so you can shop late into the night.
Restaurants and take-out food joints are also Nathan Road plentiful along the Golden Mile. Many offer the best in local cuisine while others are more international in flavor. If you want to do a bit of sightseeing, landmarks of note along Nathan Road include Kowloon Park, the former Kowloon British School (a declared monument), and the magnificent Peninsula Hotel.
How to get to Nathan Road?
Take the wonderful Airport Express train from inside the airport building all the way to Kowloon Station. But then it is a bus or taxi from the station to Nathan Road, it is not really walkable.
Bus is not highly recommended but if you like buses then consider taking the CityBus A21 “Airport Flyer”. At only HK$33/adult is is certainly a lot cheaper but of course slower as it stops many times.
- A different shopping destination in Kowloon
- Fun during the day, crazy during the night
- Splending, large and long avenue in Hong Kong
- Busy but worth the push
- Classic touristy thing to do in Hong Kong
Nathan Road, Hong Kong, China
Tips for you
What was such pleasant surprise to get on this vast street after we had settled in our Hotel "Empire" in Kowloon area in Hong Kong. Moreover, it was very near to our resting point in Kimberley Road. So in the evening hours we took the rambling along this partially greeny road and at another sections, with big commercial and resident buildings. This connecting pass is the main traffic and I may say, touristic avenue in Hong Kong and it links in the south -north direction, the Tsim Sha Tsui and Sham Shui Po. There are many shops and restaurants here ,and You can enjoy buying something or sitting and taking some light beverages.It is a pretty long boulevard, about 3.6 kilometers. At its southern part is the famous Victoria Harbour and also worth of mentioning are the Peninsula Hotel, Kowloon Park, Saint Andrew's Church, Shopper's Boulevard and other sites. It recalled me with this characteristic trees along the route, at some african or south-american forest and in the same time, You are in the very center of Kowloon, the most representative part of Hong Kong's inland. Great time, was spent within this road, back in summer 2008.