Tsim Sha Tsui: 8 things to do on the ‘other side’ of Hong Kong

CNN  — 

Hong Kong is often compared to cities such as London and New York, but the resemblance ends once you leave the central business district.

A hop across Victoria Harbour – which divides Hong Kong Island and Kowloon peninsula – showcases another side of Hong Kong.

While the Tsim Sha Tsui district has its fair share of glamorous restaurants and shiny megamalls, it’s also home to fascinating museums, sky-high bars, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, intimate neighborhoods and quiet parks worth a wander. Here are eight things to do:

1. Take a heritage cruise

The Star Ferry crosses Kong's famous Victoria Harbour.

Hong Kong’s pride and joy, the Star Ferry has been plying the harbor since the late 1800s.

Decked out in green and white livery, these stalwart ships shuttle passengers to and from Tsim Sha Tsui all day long. The ride takes just 10 minutes and costs only 25 cents.

And with the massive skyscrapers towering above, the view of the Hong Kong skyline from this angle is truly breathtaking.

If you’re yearning for a ride on a traditional junk boat – known for their iconic, dragon-like sails and teak hulls – we suggest you climb aboard the Aqua Luna II.

Debuted earlier this year, the ship was handcrafted by a veteran junk builder, using traditional methods – and not a single nail.

The 45-minute evening Symphony of Light cruise includes complimentary drinks and front row seats to the city’s nightly light show, where laser beams and spotlights dance across the skyscrapers.

2. Learn something new