This district, commonly known by its acronym, TST, is located in Kowloon, directly opposite the central portion of Hong Kong’s famous skyline. It is dominated by commercial & retail buildings, luxury hotels and sites of interest including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong Museum of History. TST spreads eastwards towards Hung Hom and is well-connected to Hong Kong’s transport network. The area can be conveniently accessed by the Star Ferry and MTR. Housing: Previously restricted in height due to the presence of Hong Kong’s former Kai Tak Airport, older buildings are largely mid-rises by nature. The area has undergone rapid development over the last decade, leading to the construction of new high-rise blocks such the Masterpiece. Many of these residences have spectacular views of Hong Kong Harbour or Kowloon Park. Schools: King George V (KGV), one of the oldest secondary schools in Hong Kong and a member of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), is located in nearby Ho Man Tin. Schools in and around Kowloon Tong are also easily accessible to TST residents. These include Australian International School, American International School, Yew Chung International School, Concordia International School and Diocesan Boys School. PIPS is an International Baccalaureate Prep School that is located above Kowloon Station. It follows an enquiry-based primary years programme (PYP). The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is situated in Hung Hom, northeast of TST. Hong Kong Island schools are also only a short journey away. Highlights: Luxury hotels in the area include The Peninsula, The Intercontinental and Kowloon Shangri-La. A large number of museums are located in TST, which is home to The Hong Kong Space Museum, The Hong Kong Art Museum, The Hong Kong Museum of History and The Hong Kong Science Museum, among others. The Hong Kong Cultural Centre sits on the site of the old Kowloon-Canton Railway, its clock tower remaining as an ode to the past. Glittering stage and musical performances take place inside the venue. The area is a shopping haven with large shopping malls including 1881 Heritage, Harbour City/Ocean Terminal, K11 and iSQUARE offering the biggest brand names, and the streets along Nathan Road and Peking Road lined with shops selling jewelry, tailored clothing and cultural goods. Knutsford Terrace – the Kowloon alternative to Soho and Lan Kwai Fong - is filled with restaurants & bars that prepare mouth-watering dishes in a wide range of cuisines. TST has long been a melting pot of different cultures, with many minority groups having set up here during colonial times. Chungking Mansions, previously a hotbed of crime, now features guesthouses, curry restaurants and African bistros that originated alongside the migration of South Asian & African cultural groups. Kowloon Park occupies a large area of green space in the northwestern portion of TST. A wide range of sports facilities are available to the public including a swimming complex capable of holding international events. Kowloon Cricket Club is located within the area and provides a whole host of facilities for its members.
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