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What to Buy in Tsim Sha Tsui

If Hong Kong is a shopping Paradise then Tsim Sha Tsui is the Golden Palace of Paradise!  Everything imaganable, and many that are not, is available for purchase in Tsim Sha Tsui.  Here are some highlights, but really it is a place to browse to find what suits you best.


Granville Road - The centre of the Factory Outlet shops in Hong Kong this street is packed with boutiques selling both brand name fashions, at radically discounted prices, and unique Korean, Japanese and Hong Kong designer fashions.  See here for more.


Heritage 1888 - On the site of the historic former Marine Police Station this shopping and dining complex offers 5 star luxury shops and a boutique hotel mixed together with fragments of the historical site, blended into a modern building.


Harbour City - Combining the multi level shopping arcade of Ocean Terminal, Ocean Centre and the connected malls this combination shopping destination is so large you can spend all day in it browsing, shopping and dining.


Nathan Road - The main arterial road of TST and of Kowloon itself the second of Nathan Road at the southern end is called still the Golden Mile due to the preponderance of rich shops.  A great place to look for electronics and camera goods.


Museum Shops - A surprise but attractive option not to be missed are the very versatile shops of the major museums in Tsim Sha Tsui, from the Science to the History to the Art each one has a tiny microcosm of it's subject ready to be purchased.





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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