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Hong Kong Travel Guide

Kowloon

Just across the harbor from Central, this piece of Chinese mainland takes its name from the string of mountains that bound it in the north: gau lung, "nine dragons" (there are actually eight mountains, the ninth represents the emperor who named them). Kowloon is less sophisticated than its island-side counterpart, but its dense, gritty, urban fabric can feel more authentically Chinese.

It's also the backdrop for Hong Kong's best museums and most interesting spiritual sights, as well as street upon street of hard-core consumerism in every imaginable guise. There are several neighborhoods here that are easy to get to and well worth exploring.

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