The state-of-the-art Hong Kong West Kowloon Station is a fine building to hang out in while waiting for a train. But if you have a bit more time to explore the area nearby, there’s plenty to discover, from nature to arts, shopping, entertainment and more.
Hong Kong’s new high-speed rail station is in a prime location to get a great view of the city’s spectacular harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline. And the station’s design makes use of that space with a Sky Corridor and a Green Plaza. The latter is three hectares of green, public space connecting the station to the West Kowloon Cultural District and an ideal place for one last look at Victoria Harbour before hopping on a train out of town.
Connected directly to the high speed rail station, the West Kowloon Cultural District is a growing arts and cultural hub with open spaces enjoyed by picnickers, joggers and cyclists. It also has expansive harbour views, making it a prime setting to get a photo of those gorgeous, fiery Hong Kong sunsets. Be sure to check out M+ Pavilion, which currently holds exhibitions and will focus on independent and smaller-scale exhibitions for designers and artists once the main M+ building is completed in 2019. The pavilion has a smart, simplistic design that uses mirrored walls to camouflage the architecture with reflections of the surrounding greenery. Otherwise, you can enjoy the green space of Art Park and Nursery Park, which is the venue for Freespace Happening – a free arts, culture and live music event every second Sunday of the month between September and March.
Elements is a large shopping mall sitting on top of MTR Kowloon Station which has connecting walkways to the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. It has a good selection of dining, and mid to upper-priced and luxury fashion brands, an ice rink and a cinema. Elements is also connected to the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC). Head up there for 360-degree views of the city. And if you want to get even higher, go to Ozone on the 118th floor of the same building to enjoy a cocktail in the highest bar in the world.
The Xiqu Centre is a contemporary gateway to the art of traditional Chinese theatre, under the West Kowloon Cultural District. With a design inspired by traditional lanterns, the building houses a state-of-the-art theatre for large productions and a smaller room made to recreate the more intimate performances of traditional Chinese tea houses. Starting in December 2018, look out for open days and other performances before the grand opening in 2019. It is connected to MTR Austin Station from which you can walk to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station.
The massive Harbour City mall complex is located on Canton Road. While the street level itself is home to the Asia flagship stores of international luxury brands, inside Harbour City you’ll find about 450 shops and 70 eateries, including three Michelin-starred restaurants – ÉPURE, Sushi Tokami, Ye Shanghai –as well as the Michelin-recommended China Tang, Gordon Ramsay’s maze Grill, Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian. There are also three hotels and an art gallery. You’ll definitely want to check out the Foster+Partners-designed Ocean Terminal Deck for 270-degree views of the harbour, especially at sundown. Harbour City is a short walk from the Xiqu Centre.
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