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Peninsular Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui

With it's lower floors almost hidden behind trees the lower and historic portion of the Peninsular Hotel can be seen while behind rises the modern extension of the hotel which has Kowloon's only private heliport allowing for helicopter transfer from the hotel to the airport in about 10 minutes.

Even if not staying at the hotel it is worth a visit as a historic building, and the Afternoon Tea served in the Lobby Lounge in the British style is a great way to enjoy an afternoon there.


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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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