TsimShaTsui (TST) is locally pronounced as “SimsSa Sway”. But don’t worry about pronunciation. People will only smile at you if your pronunciation is erroneous. This area is a part of YaTsimMonq District, administratively. TST is a piece of land reclaimed from Hung Hom Bay each of TST. This area was included in British Empirein 1860. TST in Chinese, means “Sandy mouth” this was a port for exporting incense tree in the olden days.
Numerous African, Indian and Pakistani minorities are settled in this area. In colonial days so many Indians and people from other countries move to this place for work and to setup their business, some had joined army or police force also. After the closure of its airport now, larger taller sky scrapers are being constructed in this area.
Hotels in TsimShaTsui
Tourism is the major industry of TST. The area has the highest concentration of hotels in Hong Kong. Renowned hotels included: The Kowloon Hotel, Middle Road, Kowloon Shangri-La, The Intercontinental, Hong Kong, The Sheraton Hotel, Three Marco Polo Hotels, The Lang Ham Hong Kong, The Renaissance Kowloon Hotel, The Mira Hong Kong, Bowden Powel International House, Hotel ICON as well as Hotel Panorama. Chung King Mansions are famous for cheap lodgings.
Shopping Paradise in TsimShaTsui
TST is the main shopping area in Hong Kong. Shopping outlets of the area include: 1881 Heritage House in the former Marine Police HQs, Harbour City, iSQUARE(built in 2009), K. 11 (opened in 2009), Miramur Shopping Center, New World Center, The Place Mall (underground) below Salisbury Road, Silver Cord (at the junction of Canton Road and Haiphong Road) at the corner with Granville Road. The Park Lane Shoppers Boulevard is situated at the sectionof Nathan Road.The flagship stores of several luxury brands are located in the TST section of Canton Road.
Parks in TsimShaTsui
The largest park in TST is Kowloon Park with swimming pools, an aviary and sculpture garden. There are other attractive parks such as Signal Hill Garden at Blackhead point, the Urban Council Centenary Garden in TST East, Salisbury Garden,Middle Road Children’s Play Ground and the TST promenaded.
Museums in TsimShaTsui
Half of the majormuseum in the Hong Kong is situated in TST namely, The Hong Kong Space Museum, HK. Museum of Art, HK.Cultural Center (at the southern water front), HK.Museum of History and HK. Science Museum are in TST East. The HK Heritage Discovery Center and the Health Education Exhibition and ResourcesCenter located in Kowloon Park, are housed in preserved and restored blocks of the former Whitefield Camp.
The world’s cheapest cigar shaped double storey Star Ferryconnects TST with Central and Wan Chai. Various maritime services out of the Hong Kong China Ferry terminal on Canton Road link TST to Macau, GuangZhau and several other places in the Pearl River Delta.
TST being in the heart of Kowloon Peninsula, the area is severed by an extensive network of bus routes to various parts of Hong Kong.