Tai Koo Shing, Hong Kong SAR
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Taikoo Shing is a great area to choose if you’re planning to visit Hong Kong, but want to steer clear of the hustle and bustle of the more touristy areas. It has some of the most underrated attractions in the city, giving you the opportunity to experience a Hong Kong vacation like no other. There’s also a plethora of shopping malls and great restaurants to enjoy, with places such as Lei Yue Mun Park playing host to some of the best seafood restaurants in Hong Kong.

Hotels in Taikoo Shing

The accommodation in Taikoo Shing consists of 3- and 4-star hotels. If you’re on a budget, consider the Y-Loft Youth Square. It has very affordable rates, but still provides plenty of amenities, such as a restaurant and a fitness center. The Harbour Plaza North Point is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a midrange hotel in Taikoo Shing. Thanks to its close proximity to public transport, getting around the city from here is a breeze. Another top choice is EAST Hong Kong, an incredible 4-star hotel in Taikoo Shing with fantastic amenities, including a rooftop lounge with spectacular views, and a choice of four restaurants.

Things to see in Taikoo Shing

The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is one of the neighborhood’s top attractions, and offers a fascinating insight into the history of Hong Kong. This museum was previously the Lei Yue Mun Fort, and was a particularly important place during World War II. The exhibitions cover a wide range of history, from the Ming Dynasty all the way to the present day.

Not only a great cultural attraction, it also affords superb views of the mountains and Kowloon. Within walking distance of the museum is a peaceful temple – Shau Kei Wan. It is dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of the Sea, Tin Hau, reflecting the fishing village heritage of the area. The Hong Kong Film Archive is perfect for film buffs, especially fans of Hong Kong cinema. It features exhibitions on filmmaking, and has a screening room showing old movies.

Good for solo travelers

If you’re looking to visit Hong Kong by yourself, Taikoo Shing could be just the ticket. As a largely residential area, it has more of a local feel than its neighboring districts, so it’s perfect for solo travelers who like to steer clear of the touristy areas and experience the city as locals do. There are beautiful parks to take a stroll and enjoy some solitude, such as the Quarry Bay Park along the waterfront. Several malls here provide great opportunities for shopping, such as Kornhill Plaza, or Taikoo Place. It’s also in this area that you’ll find some extraordinary restaurants.

How to get to Taikoo Shing

The easiest way to reach Taikoo Shing from the United States is via Hong Kong International Airport. You can take flights from cities across the US, including New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Once at the airport, you’ll find the quickest way to travel to Taikoo Shing is by car or cab, which takes around 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can take public transportation to reach your Taikoo Shing hotel. The Airport Express train goes direct to Kowloon Station. From here you can take the A12 bus the remaining distance, with the entire journey taking just over an hour and a half.

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