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Neighborhood guide: Tsim Sha Tsui for holiday shopping and more

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There is no shortage of holiday shopping in Hong Kong but Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) may be the best place for getting your Christmas list sorted in one go. Also, bear in mind the neighborhood is packed with attractions for the whole family, including many of Hong Kong’s museums, so don’t let shopping be the only thing you do in TST.

Naughty or nice

Peacock slides at the Bohemian Garden at K11 MUSEA

First up, take care of that naughty or nice list at the new K11 MUSEA on the TST waterfront. More than just a shopping landmark, K11 MUSEA is a cultural-retail destination offering a diverse range of brands, along with family-friendly activities that aim to inspire through the power of creativity, culture and innovation. K11 MUSEA includes almost everything one could want on a day out with the family, as kids can run around the playful Peacock slides against Hong Kong’s skyline at Bohemian Garden, learn about natural habitats through Nature Discovery Park’s kid’s tours, or pick up a new hobby at one of the courses offered by K11 MUSEA’s Kulture Academy workshops.

Kulture Academy

Le Cordon Bleu cooking classes at the K11 MUSEA Kulture Academy

Starting in November, K11 MUSEA’s Kulture Academy will offer a range of courses including family cooking classes organised by the prestigious French cooking school Le Cordon Bleu, a series of courses taught by well-known performing arts groups with a focus on music and choreography, and Christmas-themed science courses organised by Donut Kids Club. Click here for more information and for the online application.

Christmas-themed science courses organised by Donut Kids Club at K11 MUSEA

More to explore

If your kids have enjoyed the Kulture Academy’s theatre and science courses, then they won’t want to miss TST’s Hong Kong Science Museum or the Avenue of Stars. There are four floors to explore at the Science Museum, but it is best known for its 22-metre high Energy Machine. It’s the largest of its kind in the world and will unleash your inner physics nerd. If you’ve blown the budget on holiday shopping, don’t fret. Museum admission is a wallet-friendly HK$20 per person, and full-time students and kids under four years of age are free.

If your family has more drama queens than science nerds, then the Avenue of Stars is right up your alley. Enjoy spectacular views of the Hong Kong skyline—which is particularly stunning at Christmas time—as you stroll along the TST harbor promenade and admire the handprints of over 100 Hong Kong film and television stars. The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the names that helped make Hong Kong the ‘Hollywood of the East’ and includes statues of two of Hong Kong’s most famous icons, canto-pop star Anita Mui and Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee. With the Hong Kong skyline in the background, take a family snap posing with either statue and the photo for next year’s Christmas card is already sorted!

Shining Star

The view from the Star Ferry trip home across Victoria Harbor

Lastly, no trip to TST would be complete without a ride on the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor. Running since 1898, the company name was inspired by the poem “Crossing the Bar” by Alfred Lord Tennyson, of which the first line reads, “Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me!”

All aboard for TST!

K11 MUSEA: Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, www.k11musea.com, Facebook, Instagram and Weibo: @K11MUSEA, WeChat: @K11-MUSEA

Hong Kong Science Museum: 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2732 3232, hk.science.museum

Avenue of Stars: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Tsim Sha Tsui, www.avenueofstars.com.hk

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