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How to get to Sneakers Street from Tsim Sha Tsui

Located at the southern end of the Kowloon peninsula, overlooking Victoria Harbour, the district of Tsim Sha Tsui or TST, is one of the tourist centres of Hong Kong. With a plentiful supply of hotels, eateries, attractions and public services it is a hub for locals as well as visitors to HK.

Whether you are staying in a hotel in TST East, or just taking the iconic Star Ferry across the harbour to see the world famous skylines, Tsimshatsui is somewhere any tourist is bound to travel through repeatedly.

The waterfront promenade with it's civic buildings including the Cultural Centre and the Space Museum on one side, and the harbour views on the other, is a must-do walk that always open and interesting. While the Art Museum and the Avenue of the Stars are currently (in 2015) closed for renovation, there are no shortage of other activities to participate in.

Historic buildings such as the Clock Tower, right beside Star Ferry Pier, and the old TST Marine Police station which is now an up market shopping arcade known as Heritage 1866 express some of the history of the area. But for the most part TST is a modern commercial centre and up market brand shops, ethnic diversity and a wide range of shopping choices.

Because of the wide range of populations who live, work and visit Tsim Sha Tsui it also has one of the largest ranges of dining choices in Hong Kong. From traditional Cantonese Dim-Sum, which may be from budget local restaurants right up to white table cloth fine-dining establishments, to ethnic foods including many choices from the Indian sub-continent. Chains, both local and international, and fast food choices abound. While special dietary requirements such as vegetarian and Halal are easily met here.

Dissected by the north-south avenue of Nathan Road and the Tsuen Wan MTR line, it is also well served by public transport. So getting from TST to somewhere else is Hong Kong is more about choices and preferences, as anything is possible and most choices are very reasonably priced due to the low costs of HK public transport.

If starting to the eastern side of Tsim Sha Tsui, then these instructions are not applicable and it may be better to follow the instructions from Hong Hum.

Option 1 - MTR

With the speed and efficiency of the underground railway or MTR it is hard to avoid this as the best option, because it goes direct on the same line from Tsim Sha Tsui all the way parallel to Nathan Road it quickly comes beside Fa Yuen Street.  The only disadvantage would be if the trip is starting far to the east, in which case the TST East station is not on the right line, nor is it in closing walking distance. But for those starting around Star Ferry, around the Peninsula Hotel, or anywhere on the "Golden Mile" of Nathan Road adjacent say to Kowloon Park then this is a no-brainer as the best option.

  1. Enter the MTR system at Tsim Sha Tsui station, there are prominent signs everywhere for this
  2. Take the Tsuen Wan Line towards Tsuen Wan, that is to say running north.
  3. Travel past Jordan and Yau Ma Tei station
  4. Alight at the Mong Kok MTR Station.
  5. Follow signs to the exits, and look for Exit E, which then becomes E2, as a great option
  6. Outside the station at ground walk directly away from the station Exit for three blocks
  7. At this point Fa Yuen Street is both to the left and right, though more to the right.

For more details about the walking instructions and other exit options read the page:

Option 2 - Bus

While somewhat slower and less reliable than the MTR the big advantage of a bus is of course that there is a view from the window, and if seated at the top front then an excellent view indeed is to be had of the busy Nathan Road.  Make the trip part of the experience by travelling on one of the Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) busses that frequent this route.

Many KMB routes work just fine to go from Tsim Sha Tsui to Fa Yuen Street, as they all go along the main Nathan Road.

  1. Catch a bus 1, 1A, 2, 3C, 6. There are other options but they are longer distance buses and cost more with no advantage for the visitor taking a short trip
  2. Leave the bus at Soy Street, Nelson Street or Shantung Street stops. That will be 7 or 8 stops presuming the bus trip starts right at the start near Star Ferry
  3. Cross the road and look for side streets including Argyle, a major road, Nelson, Shan Tung, Soy or Dundas Streets.
  4. Follow any of these roads three blocks until it intersects with Fa Yuen Street.
  5. If starting at Argyle Street turn right into Fa Yuen, or if in Dundas then turn left.
  6. The other routes leave you somewhere in the middle.


Option 3 - Walk

If getting there is part of the experience, then make it the main experience by walking through the streets from TST to Fa Yuen Street.  The distance isn't really that far, the total distance is less than four kilometers, and there are several different routes you may choose. Along Nathan Road is simple and has lots to see, but is a little repetitive. Alternatively try Canton Road and then Shanghai Street for some of the older, more traditional views.

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Sneakers Street Hong Kong
Nowhere in Hong Kong is more famous than Sneakers Street for Sports Shoes. Check out the latest brands and styles from Nike, Converse and so on. Check out Walker Shop, Dahood, Toronto Sport and of course any kind of running or basketball shoe.

From dressy choices like Converse Wedge, or sequined trainers, through to high end Jordan shoes. There are also options here for cheap running shoes, but all brands are entirely genuine, unlike some fashion goods there are no "fakes" in Fa Yuen street when it comes to Sneakers.

Brands available include Nike, Converse, Adidas, Reebok, New Balance, Puma, K-Swiss, Merrell, Timberland and Sketchers.

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