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View from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade


The view from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade towards the eastern part of Hong Kong island is clear and allows great appreciation of Victoria Harbour and the amazing development of Hong Kong since the war.  The built up district was once all small factory buildings and now is large commercial and residential blocks.

In the foreground the iconic Star Ferry can be seen with it's green and white livery, here on the way from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier going towards the Wanchai Ferry pier.

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Tsim Sha Tsui Tsimshatsui?

In Chinese the district is called 尖沙嘴, which literally means Tip Sand Mouth, and is a reference to the sandy river which once flowed here, long since covered by land reclamation.  The pronunciation is impossible to describe using Roman letters alone, some attempts include Jim Shar Joy and Chim Sa Choi but none are of course accurate, and it is very hard for a non Chinese native to pronounce the words correctly.  Hence the common abriviation into TST - sounded out as "tee-ess-tee".  Everybody in Hong Kong will understand if you say TST.

When it comes to writing you will see Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsimshatsui used equally, both are acceptable.  But not Tsimsha Tsui or Tsim Shatsui, that would be incorrect.  However you say or write it, TST is a fascinating place to be.


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