Hong Kong Island holds some of the most beautiful sightseeing destinations in the world. Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen, just to name a few which you can view by going to my HK2005 page and viewing the slideshow. The island has many districts and central is the one in which I stayed during this trip. Central is full of narrow, steep streets and alleyways which can seem like a maze when you're trying to find something. Many a time I was lost in this maze. It is brimming with street stalls and a flea market atmosphere in many areas with a 24/7 nightclub area called Lan Kwai Fong which is much like North Beach here in SF only a smaller scale. It is literally a street party in this area at night. There is also the Soho district which boasts some great restaurants and haunts. The interesting thing is that you can be walking along a street and all of a sudden come upon a temple right along an alleyway. As you venture further down central you find yourself in the midst of skyscrapers and hoards of people. There are the mid-level escalators which is known to be the longest escalator in the world and can take you from the waterfront area of Hong Kong Island to the Northern most tip of central within a few minutes. It was a great idea since the hills are so steep on the island, you need the escalator. Hong Kong Island I found to be an interesting mix of old and new. Unlike Kowloon it is much more quiet on the island yet has it's moments.
I found a list of walking routes from the following website and tried the Central & Western District walk.
I enjoyed taking the time to slowly wander around according to the map provided. Losing my way and moving out of the suggested routes sometimes. It was interesting walking down roads that most tourist would have missed otherwise.
Hong Kong definitely is more than shopping and eating only.
In contrast to Central, grab a tram west, and watch the cityscape morph from Western to more typically Chinese in a few minutes. The wares hawked by the traditional medicinal vendors beggar belief, and you can spend hours browsing the antique shops and temples that have made this area their home.
The Central and Western markets are worthy of exploration while Ladder Street evokes old Hong Kong, with traditional shuttered buildings from when the area was the city's red light district, and the chosen port of call for visiting sailors of all nationalities.
after work, my relaxation time/moment is to move around and shop!
This trip, i did not have to go to Kowloon to do this (given the star ferry terminal is soooooooo far already!!!!) ...everyhting i need and places i want to go and see are all in Central!!! And they have really good and high-end malls where you cna do window shopping and hunt for your worth-the-buy item --bags/shoes/clothes!!! =p
Central, located in Hong Kong Island, which is centred around Victoria Harbour. Central & Admiralty are the busy financial and commercial districts in Hong Kong, with its high glass skyscrapers, shops, bars, headquarters of multinational companies and, for those who feel like it, a handful of culture namely a few museums and some sights.
There are only few buildings from the colonial era left in Hongkong (what a pity). The contrast of the few remaining buildings to the ultra-modern architecture is striking. The main colonial landmarks are the Governor House, St. Johns Cathedral and Flagstaff House (in Hong Kong Park).
Hong Kong is very walkable and easy to get around. Take in the insane loveliness by foot, go down the paths where you see least foreigners, and browse, browse, browse.
Graham St. food market is a slice of life in HK, with wonderful fresh fruit that's great for a tropical snack.
Hollywood Street has some lovely antique shops with sinfully expensive items, including enormous ivory sculptures.
This is right next to the Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, west of Central. It is a very steep flight of steps (so not a great deal to it) but it is over 100 hundred years old and a good example of old Hong Kong, worth a look if you are going to the Man Mo temple but not for a special journey.
This market is just down the road from the Man Mo temple and Ladder Street, and is named 'Cat' meaning the slang word for odds and ends. There are lots of stalls with antiques, junk and Mao memerobilia.
The Bank of China Tower is 368m tall and is a modern building in Central. You can see some great views over Central and the harbour if you go up to the 47th floor.
Viewing platform - 9am-6pm Mon-Fri and 9am-1pm Sat
The Peak is the best place in Hong Kong to see the sunset. If you take the MTR to Central, its about a 10 minute walk to the Tram that goes up to the Peak. It will cost you $33 for a return trip up. It’s a steep tram trip on the way up, and you have some great views of the skyscrapers, at about a 50 degree angle or so.
Once you get up to the top, there are 3 levels of shops and a couple of food courts. One of the best views I found out of the way was the seats outside Burger King (one of only 3 in HK lol). There’s not may people there, and the views are almost as good as the top level, but that is crowded. If you also go out the exit directly opposite Burger King, you go to another balcony that no one else goes on ;).
I went up the Peak about 5pm, stayed up and watched the sun set. Then I disappeared downstairs to shop for an hour and grab some food, and was back out around 7.30. I stayed up on the Peak to see the laser display, and while you can see some of the lasers, its certainly not as good as being in Kowloon. But the Peak at sunset is a great place to be.
Hongkong Zoological & Botanical Gardens is a pleasant collection of fountains, sculptures, greenhouses, a playground, a zoo and some fabulous aviaries. Along with exotic trees, plants and shrubs, and some 160 species of birds which are in residence here - including non-native sulphur-crested cockatoos, which are attractive but damage the local vegetation. The zoo is surprisingly comprehensive and is also one of the world’s leading centres for the captive breeding of endangered species. The plants and aviaries in the area are located to the east close to Garden Rd, and most of the animals are to the west. The animal displays are mostly primates. The tropical green houses are divided into five sections: bromeliads and orchids, ferns, climbers, carnivorous plants and scented plants.
During our visit here, there are many school children having an educational tour with their teachers. This site being a perfect venue for field trip. You can learn many things here about plants and animals. There are even jaguars kept in the zoo. The place is quite huge. We spent two hours searching for our lost companions. Plenty of benches in the area where you can just sit and relax. Opening hours: 6am-10pm. Really a nice place here and best of all, it's free!
i like to address central in hongkong island as district of light, since looks so glittering at the night by the sea. standing by the pier in victoria harbour [kowloon], you can see show of light at 08.00 pm from central.
later on my hongkong island page :)
Central is the heart of Hong Kong finance, with banks occupying huge skyscrapers in every direction. Between the skyscrapers you will find tranquil Hong Kong Park, St John's Cathedral, and the Peak Tramway. For shoppers look for the Queens Road and Des Voeux Road for bargains on souvenirs, clothes and purses. Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong's trendiest nightlife area is on the west side of Central. There are also a few famous restaurants in this area such as Jimmy's Kitchen.
Located in the Central district, this red-brick French Mission Building, has green shutters, black wrought-iron details and a chapel added by French Catholic missionaries who gave the building its name. It is reputedly the location of the colony's first government house. It houses the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.