Below is another example of an assignment written by one of our students. After having English tuition with our Celebrity English Tutors for just a few month, Celine was confident enough to write the following essay. When she started with us she was shy about her lack of writing skill and afraid to speak openly in English. After just a few short month with only a few lessons each week she has completely turned around and is now happy to converse in English and confident in writing.
Celine is currently studying in High School and her English teacher noticed a change in both her responsiveness in class and her abilities. With additional lessons and help from the tutors here at CET, she has been able to boost her English abilities and lift herself from being bottom of the class in just a few short months. We’re so happy with the recent results from Celine that we are hopeful before the end of the year she will be near the top of the class. Following is her assignment on Kowloon, Hong Kong where she calls home:
All About Kowloon in Hong Kong
With the past to be proud of and a thriving present day metropolis, Kowloon is one city packed with activities that cater to whatever your tastes may be. Its museums are informative, its parks and historical buildings are packed with edutainment and its cinemas and theme parks feature plenty of entertainment. Amidst this concrete jungle, you can find yourself a patch of greenery perfect for some quiet relaxation after a busy day exploring this amazing city surrounding.
If you are traveling with the kids, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to let off some steam enabling you to enjoy the city at your leisure. The Hong Kong Space Museum is perfect for a daytime visit. Popular primarily among teenagers and children, this is one destination loaded with plenty of fun and plenty of insightful and entertaining education. It boasts one of the most advanced planetariums in the world and it is one place where you can learn a lot about space exploration. Try going weightless or enjoy rides like the “virtual para-glider” which are some of the many attractions that you find here.
If your kids want to run around a bit and you are looking for some wide open green spaces to relax in, visit the Kowloon Park, or better yet the Kowloon Walled Park. Here you can find plenty of beautifully landscaped gardens, mostly Chinese in design, and enough and more fun places for the kids that include a pool and a games area. The Walled Park, in particular, is known for its many quiet walkways perfect for a stroll. It is also one destination to appreciate ancient Chinese art in terms of design and landscape.
For the ultimate exploration of Hong Kong’s yesteryears visit the Hong Kong Story. In this interactive exhibition, you can learn something about Hong Kong starting from millions of years ago and finish up in 1997. It is truly fascinating for anyone experiencing it.
A worthy holiday in Kowloon is not complete without a stay at Langham Place Mongkok Hong Kong. This luxurious hotel Hong Kong boasts all the sophisticated amenities that make your stay all the more memorable. The unique experience this Langham hotel provides makes it one of the finest of hotels in Hong Kong.
A Magnificent Destination in Kowloon, Hong Kong
Kowloon is among the four main areas of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, others being Hong Kong Island, which is regarded as the financial center of the city; the New Territories, which is considered the farm belt of the city; and the Outlying Islands, which holds attractions such as the Lamma Island and the Lantau Island.
Literally meaning ‘nine dragons,’ the bustling urban area of Kowloon consists of three sections such as Kowloon Peninsula, New Kowloon, and Victoria Harbor. The best-known part of the Kowloon is the tip of Peninsula facing the Hong Kong Island.
Kowloon is located to the south. Northern Hong Kong and includes five of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, among which most prominent are Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong. Others are Kwun Tong, Sham Shui Po, and Wong Tai Sin.
Primarily a residential area, Kowloon City is developed on old age Kowloon Walled City built during the period of the Song Dynasty. Although a smaller district in terms of land area, Yau Tsim Mong is among the busiest business regions in HK. The name of this district has been derived from the three significant areas of Hong Kong such as Yaumati and Mong Kok.
When comes to attractions, Kowloon provides a great number of options for visitors touring the destination. Of which some of them are
Has to its credit an incredible array of attractions such as indoor heated oversized swimming pool, leisure pool connected by a number of waterfalls, an expansive Chinese Garden, a Children’s playground, and above all, an open-air sculpture museum which exhibits works done by local as well as overseas sculptors.
Street Bird Garden
It is a must-visit destination for bird lovers. The focal point of this garden is a variety of amazing songbirds crafted in bamboo cages. The bird garden is open every day from 7hrs to 21hrs.
Kowloon Walled City Park
Kowloon Walled City Park is among the newest parks in HK. The park is designed in a classical style Chinese garden, which is well manicured and consists of manmade hills, bonsai, and beautiful ponds and streams. Highlights also include beautiful paths, flower gardens, playground, and pavilions.
Also referred to as the ‘Golden Mile of Kowloon,’ Nathan Road is a busy area brimming with upscale hotels and food stores. The most prominent area in the road is the Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard, which is a host of more than 50 shops.
As the name indicates, Jade Market is a great area to shop jade items. But, it is recommended to take a specialist with you for shopping jade items.
For shopping electronic items such as CDs and mobile phone accessories at bargain prices, no other destinations would be better than Mong Kok.
A visit to Kowloon would be incomplete without taking a tour to this temple, which is reminiscent of a hermit who was well-known for his healing powers. A Chinese pharmacy can also be found within the temple. Nearby areas of the temple are filled with fortune tellers.
Other not to miss attractions in Kowloon are areas that are much famed for high-class fashion stores; Kowloon Tong, a station within the local train network and whose prime attraction is an elegant as well as stylish mall with more than 200 shops; Night Market, which becomes exuberant as the sun goes down and consists of a number of open air eateries serving sumptuous cuisines; and Ladies’ Market, a popular area exclusively for shopping ladies’ clothing and cosmetics. Above all, stupendous is the nightlife of Kowloon, with a variety of bars and restaurants.
In fact, Kowloon among the most magnificent destinations centers of Hong Kong. Hence, the area boasts of a number of accommodation choices to satisfy every level of travelers from budget conscious to well-heeled. Dining options available here are truly incredible, with a variety of cuisines including Japanese, Italian, and Cantonese delicacies.
Hong Kong’s Yau Ma Tei & Mong Kok, Shopping Stalls
In the center of the Kowloon Peninsula, these two neighborhoods offer a non-stop shopping experience like that the locals are used to. In Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, you’ll find side streets and alleys which are home to some of Hong Kong’s liveliest markets.
There are great deals to be had on an array of goods and items ranging from clothing and souvenirs to electronics and much more.
During the day, the Yau Ma Tei wet market and fruit markets are must-visits, for culinary scores like dried noodles and fruit. Come nighttime and there’s a market selling different kinds of products such as clothes, decorations, VCDs and toys in Temple Street, a street in the area where the famous Tin Hau Temple was built in 1876.
Mong Kok area features a mixture of new and old multi-story buildings, which have restaurants and shops at street level, residential or commercial units above. Helping preserve the area’s traditional characteristics are an array of various markets, food stalls and small shops which no longer exist in other locations during the past decades of economic development and urban transformation.
Some of Mong Kok’s streets have taken on nicknames that reflect their particular characteristic. These include: Tung Choi Street (also known as Ladies Market) which deals with women’s clothing, cosmetics and accessories and where there’s also food stores selling noodles, seafood, and local staple congee; South Sai Yeung Choi region, offers stalls selling electronics, cosmetics, accessores and discount books; Street Bird Garden where thousands of songbirds are crafted in cages can be seen at the market; Sneakers Street where small retailers sell sports costumes and equipment and, yes, a variety of sports shoes.
Then there’s Flower Market Road, where the street and neighboring side streets are filled with street vendors selling flowers and plants. And Goldfish Street or Goldfish Market, where you’ll find plenty of hawkers and shops selling tropical marine and freshwater aquariums, fish, and accessories. Kwong Wa Street is known for stores selling airsoft, RC racing, modeling and other hobby equipment and items.
Dundas Street is home to major shopping centers like Ka Lok Shopping Arcade, Ho King, and Trendy Zone, along with varying types of food stores.
Those visitors to Hong Kong staying in hotel Tsim Sha Tsui, in particular, will find themselves not too far from the shopping buzz of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok. From their hotel, a couple of stops on the MTRwill have them in these neighborhoods and ready for plenty of shopping action.
Among the choice of hotels in tst are some of the finest designs boutique and hotels HK has to give. Hotels like Residence G HK (by Hotel G), situated a short distance from the MTR and offering an in-vogue style accommodation experience. The property’s 43 guestrooms are available in the chicly named categories 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms and 4 bedroom guestrooms.
Tsim Sha Tsui hosts a number of top notch Kowloon luxury restaurants and hotels, such as Tsim Sha Tsui, Sheraton HK Hotel & Towers, The Peninsula Hong Kong and Hyatt Regency Hong Kong with short-term accommodation services for visitors.
Central, TST Hotels Offer Good Choice for Singing in the Rain HK Audience
A hit with critics and audiences alike, this spectacular production of performance in the Rain tells the story of the first Hollywood musical. It’s packed with the charm, romance, comedy and Tinsel town glamor of one of the world’s best-loved movies.
Audiences will enjoy all the musical performances by the MGM score incorporating Good Morning; Make ’em Laugh, just but to name a few. The choreography is high-energy and the set design sumptuous, including 12,000 liters of water (which is recycled).
The venue for Singing in the Rain’ HK performances, Lyric Theatre is at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Wanchai on Island of Hong Kong. For those traveling to a show by the railway of mass transit (MTR), the academy is situated mid-way between the Admiralty and Wanchai stations, slightly closer to Admiralty.
Hong Kong’s MTR is among the best ranked public transport systems anywhere in the world. Covering much of the destination, it’s a convenient and affordable way of traveling in and around the city and to neighboring districts. A number of expensive and luxury hotels located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Admiralty, Wanchai, and other locales aren’t too far from the MTR station. Train, buses, taxi and tram networks are an alternative viable transportation options.
The Singing in the Rain schedule in HK is from 25 September to 11 October, with performances on most days during this period. The schedule is a mix of evening and afternoon performances.
Based on the 1952 film starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, Singing in the Rain follows Hollywood A-lister Don Lockwood’s transition from a silent film to an all singing, all-dancing “talkie” star in the late 1920s. It is ranked 5th on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest American motion pictures of all time.
For those visiting from out of town and who are staying at a Tsim Sha Tsui hotel, Lyric Theatre is one or two stops away on the MTR. With Tsim Sha Tsui being in Kowloon, across the harbor from Hong Kong Island, another option albeit not as speedy as the MTR is to take a Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to Wan Chai Star Ferry Pier.
The choices of hotels include the best lifestyle and boutique hotels HK offers. Ultra-hip lifestyle-oriented properties like Residence G HK (by Hotel G) with its 43 chic guestrooms and cutting-edge in-vogue short-term accommodation experience. Tsim Sha Tsui is also where you’ll find a number of the leading luxury hotels with 2 bedrooms, 3 bedroom, and 4 bedroom guestrooms to suit your needs. For those looking for a cheaper short term apartment rentals there are lots of options for accommodation in Jordan just north of TST as well.
The bustling tourist and commercial district of tst pulsate daytime and night hours to the fast-paced city beat of Hong Kong. The streets here are filled with all manner of tailors, restaurants, shops, brand outlets and glitzy department stores.