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Museums in Tsim Sha Tsui

Hong Kong has many interesting museums and several of them are within the TST district itself.  Do consider at least briefly visiting each of these, they are easily reached and have very low entry fees with at least one free day per week.

Hong Kong Science Museum - A multi-story comprehensive science museum that serves not only to demonstrate and to educate but also to preserve items of interest. Special exhibitions of topical science topics can also be found in the building.

Hong Kong Museum of History - Directly opposite the plaza from the Science Museum is that of History with many valuable and educational displays leading from Neolithic times through to the present.

Hong Kong Space Museum - Housing the planetarium which is now used mostly for Imax movies on science topics, this building was one of the first built on the land made available when the railway line was closed in the 1975. Today the standing exhibits include a mock-up of the Space Shuttle.

Hong Kong Museum of Art - Showcasing not only Chinese art but also holding long term exhibitions of art from around the world this purpose built building on the TST Promenade is right next to the Cultural Centre.  On Sundays art related small stalls are opened on the plaza between the two buildings.

The Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre - Located in Kowloon Park this is visited as much because of the building it is in, a Colonial Era barracks block, as for the interesting displays inside.


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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