One of the Top 10 attractions listed by Hong Kong Tourism is the Clock Tower and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (in which the tower is located). I visited the Clock Tower and spent a rather humid afternoon at the promenade on a weekday, during lunch time. Sharing my experience and views of these top rated attractions by Hong Kong Tourism Board.
The Clock Tower and Tsim Sha Tsui promenade
can be reached either by MTR (metro) or via Star Ferry ride. The Promenade looks out to the harbor and there is a ferry pier adjacent to it. The Clock Tower, which is touted as one of the Top 10 attractions (or must see attractions) is very well preserved; the colonial era CLock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus.
Today, it serves as a reminder to the colonial heritage of Hong Kong and a showcase of it’s excellent tribute to its well preserved history. On a personal note, while I was impressed with the excellently preserved condition of the Clock Tower, I did not think it to be majestic. I guess coming from a country (India) which has much more majestic and grander heritage monuments, I had expected a bit more.
The Tsim Sha Tsui Prmenade has been developed intelligently and there is a viewing deck and one can sit here for hours looking out into the harbor. I could not sit here though for longer as the weather that day was exceptionally humid and I was literally bathed in my own sweat within an hour. The views nonetheless were beautiful.
One slightly different experience I had here (which I should write as a solo woman traveler) was that this was the only place in Hong Kong where I faced a slight bit of eve teasing (for lack of any other word). As I was standing on the lower deck of the promenade, a middle aged man came and started smiling at me, I ignore him but he went on to whistle (at a very low sound) and say something in chinese (mixed with broken English). However, as I moved away from the spot, he did not either follow me and try to engage me further. I did not see any police in the promenade, otherwise I had totally thought of reporting the man.
Overall, the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and Clock Tower in Hong Kong make for an interesting visit but do not have high expectations from both the attractions.