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Location

Hong Kong, China

Address

Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Getting there

Directions: Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR

MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit E. Walk towards Salisbury Road, then turn right and take the subway (pedestrian tunnel) located next to the YMCA to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Turn right again and walk straight ahead towards the waterfront; or,

Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai and follow the signs. The Clock Tower is located next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier.

Telephone

+852 2508 1234

More information

http://www.amo.gov.hk/, https://facebook.com/pages/Tsimshatsui-Clock-Tower/, https://foursquare.com/v/former-kowlooncanton-railway-clock-tower

Prices

Free admission

Opening hours

All year round.

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The Clock Tower is a landmark in Hong Kong. It is located on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon Station on the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Officially named Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower (Chinese: 前九廣鐵路鐘樓), it is usually referred to as the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower (Chinese: 尖沙咀鐘樓) for its location.

Built out of red bricks and granite, the Clock Tower peaks at 44 metres, and is topped by a 7-metre lightning rod. The top of the tower can be reached by a wooden staircase located within. The interior of Clock Tower had previously been open for visit, but is currently closed for maintenance. The clock tower is located near Victoria Harbour at the foot of Salisbury Road. Another landmark, the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, is located nearby.

In close vicinity to the Clock Tower were and are the famous and iconic landmarks: the Peninsula Hotel and Star Ferry Terminal. Back in the old days, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Station with its Clock Tower were located right in-between these two significant buildings. Some would even argue that the Clock Tower and the KCR Terminus were strategically located and businessmen, travelers and adventurers could walk within a few minutes from their hotel room at the Peninsula to the Star Ferry or board a train to Mainland China.

The railway was not only welcomed by travelers who basically could travel from Hong Kong now to Beijing, Russia and/or even Europe. As a matter of fact, it accelerated trading with these countries with all the advantages and disadvantages. The Kowloon-Canton Railway laid the foundation and can be regarded as one of the success factors to help Hong Kong to become one of the trading hubs of the world.

Until the mid-1970s, the iconic Clock Tower served as part of the former Kowloon Station of the Kowloon Canton Railway terminus in Tsim Sha Tsui. In 1975, Hong Kong government decided to relocate and move the train station terminus Kowloon Station to its present day location in Hung Hom. Along with this decision there have been changes in the Tsim Sha Tsui area which includes the demise of several historic buildings. Conservationists tried to save the original site and stop the demolition of the Kowloon Canton Railway Terminus, but had no success. The Kowloon Canton Railway Terminus diminished completely and the Clock Tower is the only remnant of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway station and the old times. Since 1990, the Clock Tower is an official declared monument of Hong Kong.

Today, the area around the historic Clock Tower is a famous sightseeing and meeting point. The Clock Tower is easily recognized and can be reached very easily by all means of transportation (MTR, buses, Star Ferry or taxis). In close vicinity are the Harbour City Shopping Mall, the TST Star Ferry Terminus, the famous Peninsula Hotel, the Avenue of Stars, Nathan Road, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong Arts Museum. The area around the Clock Tower is often used for special events and decoration. Especially on public holidays such as Chinese New Year and Christmas, Hong Kong government puts up beautiful decorations and illuminates them at night. Last but not least, the area around the Clock Tower is one of the best places to enjoy the Symphony of Lights Show and a good spot to sit down and enjoy the beautiful and spectacular skyline of Hong Kong.

Insider Tips: Take a look through one of the windows and you will be able to spot the old tower bell. For all of you who are wondering if it’s possible to climb up the Clock Tower. In the past, there have been some opportunities and even tours going up the Clock Tower, but unfortunately not anymore. We highly recommend taking a look at the Clock Tower at day and night time. Especially at night, the Clock Tower and its surroundings are beautiful illuminated and you can imagine what history the Clock Tower must have witnessed. Last but not least, you often will see young couples and newly-weds taking pictures around the old Clock Tower.

The tower has been listed as a declared monument in Hong Kong since 2000.

A history of the Clock Tower

  • 1910: The Kowloon–Canton Railway line is opened.
  • 1913: Foundations are laid for the terminus in Tsim Sha Tsui.
  • 1915: The station and its clock tower are almost complete but the delivery of fittings and fixtures from Britain are delayed because of the First World War.
  • 1916: Terminus station is completed and officially opened. However, the clock was not installed in the tower because of concerns about costs. Photographs from this era show the tower without a clock face.
  • 1919: Funds to complete the clock tower were eventually raised. The bell and electric clock arrive in Hong Kong but installation was further postponed until necessary drawings and instructions from the manufacturer were obtained.
  • 1921: After years of delays, the clock begins operating.
  • 1970s: A new terminus station is opened in Hung Hom and the old station is demolished with the exception of the Clock Tower.
  • 1990s: The Clock Tower is listed as a Declared Monument.

How to get there

MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit E. Walk towards Salisbury Road, then turn right and take the subway (pedestrian tunnel) located next to the YMCA to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Turn right again and walk straight ahead towards the waterfront; or,

Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai and follow the signs. The Clock Tower is located next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier.

Reviews by visitors

The fastly growing city means the replacement of the old, colonial buildings by the new skyscrapers and modern buildings. Some of the old stuff is still surviving, and turning into landmarks, may, eventually be kept. That happens to the clock tower, once part of the railway station of Kowloon, and today... just a remaining tower. 

Close to the cultural center, and Star Ferry terminal, it fits well in the square.

~solopes

located around the star ferry area

This 44 meter tall clock tower used to be part of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus. The construction of the Tsim Sha Tsui terminus started in 1912, and the clock tower was added in 1915. Later, the Colonial government decided to relocate the terminus to a larger building in Hunghom and the train terminus was demolished in 1978, the tower was retained and it has since become a Hong Kong landmark.

Built out of red bricks and granite, the Clock Tower peaks at 45 metres, and is topped by a 7-metre lightning rod. The top of the tower can be reached by a wooden staircase located within. The interior of Clock Tower had previously been open for visit, but is currently closed for maintenance.

Another landmark, the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, is located nearby.The tower has been listed as a declared monument in Hong Kong since 1990.

~machomikemd

The Clock Tower was part of the structure of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Station nearby Victoria Harbor. The Clock Tower was erected in 1915, and the whole terminus was fully operated on 28 March 1916. 

The Clock Tower was built with red bricks and granite in Edwardian Classical Revival style. It has 44 meters high surmounted by a 7 meter lighting rod. The upper part of the tower is an octagonal domed turret built of red brickwork which contrasts with white painted classical features of scrolled-shaped buttresses, columns, and cornices. 

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus moved to the Hung Hom in 1975, the terminus building at Tsim Sha Tsui was demolished in 1978, leaving only the Clock Tower standing as a prominent historical landmark in today famous tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui. You won't miss the Clock Tower when you are heading to HK Cultural Centre or on your way to Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal. 

It is an important historical landmark in Hong Kong. 

Don't miss!

~cal6060

If you are arriving at the Star Ferry Terminal from Central or Wan Chai you will notice the Clock Tower. This historic building stands on the site of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus. The clock tower which was saved from demolition when the site was redeveloped stands proudly beside its modern neighbour, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and is one of Kowloons most enduring landmarks. The surrounding plaza and Avenue of Stars is a pleasant place to admire the Hong Kong Island skyline.

Address: Tsim Sha Tsui - Kowloon

Directions: If arriving at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station take Exit F. The Clock Tower is located between the Star Ferry Terminal and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

~swissfondue

As I walking to the Victoria Harbor to watch the symphony of lights show, I passed by this Clock Tower. It’s obvious that it’s one of the landmarks of Hong Kong due to its built and structure. It’s very nice to see it on a night time sharing the lights of the Tsim Sha Tsui ferry pier.

I just recently found out that it’s a declared monument of Hong Kong since 1990.

Address: Kowloon

Directions: From MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E, walk towards Salisbury Road, Right turn, take pedestrian lane next to YMCA to HK Cultural Center, turn right, walk straight ahead towards waterfront

~theguardiangel

The clock tower is a land mark in Hong Kong.It is located on the southern shore of TsimShaTsui, KOWLOON. It is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon station . The tower has been listed as a declared monument in Hong Kong since 2000. Lock tower reused the clock from the demolished Pedder Street clock , and it was not until 1920 that the remaining three sides of clock tower were installed. It’s amazing place and a must visit in hong kong.

~gauravgoel73

the clock was placed beside the ferry .The clock was closed during renovating , it was so sorry there was no sign telling you that when it will be opened

~chayuttorn

A nice clock tower, but without any history or information that we could find nearby - without looking at the internet we would have no idea of its significance. We took a photo of it and only later learned more in a guidebook. Great views of the city from nearby this location though.

~Ben H

HKG had a great debate with regards to the Landmark of this Clock Tower. It is the signature point marking the beginning of TST. The tower was saved from demolition and provides the cornerstone also of the Star ferry terminal.

~Arnold

The old clock tower is really nice, and it's nice to see the contrasts with other (more modern) buildings in Hong Kong. It is in a way a testament of a different era. That being said, there's not much to visit per se... It's not really a place to actually visit, but to take a look at when you're in the area. Except if you're passionate about old towers or colonial architecture, don't plan your visit around the clock tower, but rather incorporate the clock tower into your visit of the area.

~kimahrikku

I used to go this place hanging around with my friends when I was a teenager, before I was born this clock tower used to be placed in railway station. However during World War I, the construction forced to be stop. Around 1990, people want this clock tower preserved as one of landmark, so they relocation its location and one by one as Lego. Nowadays, it is located at prime location, and there are lot of attraction surround this clock tower. You can relax surround this area next to ocean, Hong Kong Culture Centre. Many family will take pictures and spend 1-2 hours to walk around and enjoy the window shopping and have a coffee break there.

~Cactus_ch

An iconic landmark near the Peninsula Hotel is the old Kowloon Clock Tower. it is a remnant of the old Kowloon -Canton Railway Station built on the site in 1975. It was the main terminal for buses and taxis not so long ago. It located at the southern shore of the Tsim Sha Tsui district on the corner of Salisbury Road and Nathan Road. The Star Ferry Kowloon Pier is nearby, as well as the Ocean Terminal where smaller cruise ships dock.

~Rey M

Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. Declared Monument that survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. But, it's just a Landmark for me. Not attraction

~ALLAN B

This historical Clock Tower is located on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui, you can’t miss it. Built out of red bricks and granite, the Clock Tower peaks at 44 metres. Tourists and locals alike had a photo of this Clock Tower or will take a photo there for a keep sake. We weren’t any different. We also watched the Light Show there. That is a place to meet friends. It is close to other landmarks like the Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound, the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of Art ,

Happy Travelling!

~faithandhope2live

A historical monument on the Tsim Sha Chui promenade. Made from grey granite and red bricks, stood at heights of 44 meters. The stairs to the top and the bell was not accessible. Not much to see, but when you are at Tsim Sha Chui promenade, you would see this tower.

~EredGorgoroth1

Shortly after we had made our rafting on the waters of beautiful Chico River on Luzon Island in the Philippines, we left this beautiful country and returned to Hong Kong from whom we started our Far East visit to several countries. Again, it was the Empire Hotel in Kimberly Road in Kowloon, where we stayed for one night. This time we went to see the Clock Tower, near the shore of the Victoria Harbour. It used to be the Kowloon Station on the Kowloon - Canton Railway. This Clock Tower is very representative building built out of red bricks and granite, with the peak at 44 metres. 

There is a wooden staircase within it, by which can be reached the top of the tower.

In front of the Clock Tower is placed very nice fountain. Around the Tower, there is a cobblestone promenade with the marvelous views at the Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong Island across the water passage, with all these modern skyscrapers and behind at the Salisbury Road. 

One more pleasant surprise in Hong Kong, indeed.

~Oleg Y

In ultramodern HK most of the old is swept away so when I saw it I had no idea what it was but glad it was there and wondered what it was. I dreaded finding out it was built new as part of the cultural centre and promenade as in Macau :) luckily it wasn't it was the original clock Tower as above. For me it makes the whole area more real !

~Douglas G

The clock tower is average, but the surrounding area is quite fun. On a Sunday night, I took in a number of bands - most were playing Chinese covers, but I came across an excellent punk rock outfit, and very much enjoyed the water front experience.

~pweda_na

There is a nice lighted fountain in front of the clock tower which makes for a very nice nighttime photo. But it's mostly about the location, near the promenade and the Star Ferry that makes this historic landmark significant.

~Staten_Islander

Without knowledge of the past, hard to coprehend the meaning of the clock tower standing out here.By a few decades ago, trains toward mainland China had terminal station here, and railways were abolished, only tower clock was left as symbol.Very close to the port of Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui, taking a photo would be enough, but worth seeing.

~NewYork5555

..Its not about the clock tower that makes this place interesting,its the crowd and the bustling activity here.You have many street musicians entertaining at night and plus you get to walk around and view the entire scene across the straits.

..its really a nice place to walk around and look at the display of lights and sights,otherwise its just another landmark next to the promenade.

~gita73

Though the clock tower is like the what the big ben have in London, seeing this gigantic structure in sync with the world is still a walk to remember.

~Vince M

I love this last remaining relic of the train terminus for Kowloon-Canton Railway in Tsim Sha Tsui, particulary at Christmas and the Chinese New Year. The surrounding area is an ideal place to watch the festive illuminations. At 8pm when the weather is fine, I can enjoy the Symphony of Lights.

~hktraveller328

Heritage listed tower alongside the Cultural Centre. The Star Ferry terminal is in the foreground with some great shots of Hong Kong Island across the bay.

~30carat

A Hong Kong symbol, its the last remain structure of the old Kowloon train station. A nice structure standing on the side of coast, its something that you can't miss while you are visiting the TST promenade. Just take a few pictures and move on.

~RMartinSDXB

It's just that, a Clock Tower. I would've wished that they have a museum somewhere which shows the history and the significance of the Clock Tower around the area. But sadly, there is none. You can however, go to other museums to learn more about Hong Kong's history.

~Jonas G

Well maintained remnant of the past with lovely water feature leading up to it makes a nice photo opportunity, somewhat different to the Hong Kong Island skyline in the opposite direction!

~RLBAllen

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