Central District, Hong Kong
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.
This expansive parkland in the heart of Causeway Bay contains many facilities such as swimming pools, jogging tracks and tennis courts. Early risers gather here to practise tai chi. You can even massage your feet on a special pebble path. And thousands of people gather on special occasions such as Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival. During weekends, the park is full of people exercising, relaxing and simply enjoying the sunshine.
Ladder Street is a steep set of stairs which travel down from Caine Road to Hollywood Road and then down again to Queen's Road in Central. The street is some 65 meters long. It is an fascinating climb or descent to view some of Hong Kong’s private residence.
Pottinger Street, better known as Stone Step Street locally (in Chinese), is one of the oldest streets in Hong Kong. The whole street, built on a hill, is made of large pieces of stones. Some of the stones have been replaced with flatter ones for easier walking. But I think the original one looks better, as it shows the history of the area.
Many stalls on both side of the street sell ribbons, hair accessories, and traditional clothing.
Trust the HK folks to come up with a such a novel idea. Originally intended as a means for its residents to get around the steep hill, it is now a tourist attraction
At 800-metres long, this is the worldis longest covered escalator. It links Des Voeux Road Central near the harbour to Conduit Road in the Mid- Levels. The escalator is a convenient way to see the bustling city hillside which contains great restaurants and shops. Travelling the entire length takes about 20 minutes. The escalator runs one-way downhill from 6am to 10am, and then uphill from 10:20am to midnight. The escalator is a transit link for residents of the Mid-Levels. It is best to use it after 9am when the morning rush hour is over.
Sure go and have look an the Bank of China tower. This is for me the most beautifull building in HK. From every side it looks others. Around this building is a nice Feng Shui Graden and pool with golden fish, they bring money says Feng Shui. Every Chinese has them in his office.
when you are there go at sunday for a walk through Central District, all places where it is possible to sit around are full of philipino girls and women, which have just this one free day. They sit, talk, dance. For me they are like small birds sitting around and making noice. They are very funny.
As one of the key financial centers in the World. Hong Kong has its charm in the financial district. Skyrocket buildings with high ended boutiques in the central district is comparable to the Manhanttan and 5th avenue in New York. Unlike Singapore, the financial district of Raffles Place is not much happening and basically dead in the weekend, Hong Kong central is the must go and visit during your stay.
One of the unavoidable features of the Central district is the 800-metre-long Central-Mid-Levels Escalator. It is the world's longest covered escalator and takes 20 minutes to ride from end to end. It runs downhill from 6am to 10am and uphill from 10.20am to midnight.
While riding on the escalator, you will pass by SoHo (apparently from South of Hollywood Road), a "lively dining district" popular with expats and the English-speaking crowd. Here, you'll find restaurants, cafes and bars.
SoHo not your cup of tea? Head to Gage Street for some local food - Hong Kong-style noodles, herbal teas, etc. Try the bitter "tortoise jelly", which is made with 20 types of herbs and served with syrup.
The grand dame of the Central district is the former Central Police Station, a grey building with Doric-style columns and facade built in 1864. From here, head down past Lyndhurst Terrace and Stanley Street (apparently the place to go for cameras and other accessories) to Pottinger Street, where traditional street stalls line the distinctive stone-slab steps. Parellel to Pottinger Street are Li Yuen Streets East and West, which boast stalls selling clothes, knick-knacks etc and is popular with housewives and Central commuters. Shops in this area seem to close pretty early, so don't expect to do night-shopping here.
Ko Shing Street is Chinese Herbal Medicine Central. "If you got it, we can cure it" seems to be the motto sung by the miracle doctors on this street. WARNING: Animal lovers should steer clear of Ko Shing Street, because it seems that just about every animal is used in Chinese medicine.
Some of the rare ingredients you can find in these concoctions made by the mad scientist are Bear Bile used to cure chronic stomach disease. Buffalo Horn used for fever, edema and convulsions.Deer Antler to increase red and white blood cells, reverse the aging process. Gecko (Yes the small lizard) used to treat asthma, increase sexual activity in men.
Ko Shing Street is a unique look at the Chinese culture, and if you are brave enough, a great place to try some tradiotional Chinese herbal medicine.
Wing Lok Street is a popular street to find Ginseng and Bird's Nest. Ginseng is probably the most famous of herbs used in China, who use the root of the plant for many medicines. Some of it's uses are to help with fatigue and stress, respiratory diseases, to lower liver toxicity, and to enhance sexual stamina. Bird's Nest is exactly what it sounds like. The most common bird nest is the Swallow nest. The tiny nest is cooked in soup, and can help to relieve coughing and ease breathing
Des Voeux Road West is the place to go in Hong Kong if you are looking for a variety of exotic dried sea food. Dried seafood is commonly used by the Chinese to cure mild ailments and if you can name it, they probably have it on this street.
Some of the things commonly seen in the shops are Abalone (type of mollusk) used to cure dizziness, headaches and blurred vision. Sea horse, used for asthma, insomnia, and abdominal pain. Shark Cartilage believed to help with glaucoma, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and psoriasis.
A very interesting street, but maybe not if you are a vegetarian, or cant stand the smell of sea food.
The Central Mid levels escalator is the longest covered escalator in the world measuring 800 meters (2,624 feet). The system has 20 escalators and 3 moving sidewalks which takes 20 minutes to ascend. But to speed up the process, most of the 45,000 people who use the escalator each day walk up it to cut the time in half.
The system connects Des Voeux Road to Conduit Road and cost the tax payers of Hong Kong over $30 million USD to build. From 6am til 10am each morning, the escalator runs down hill, then from 1030am til 12 midnight, it runs uphill.
The reason i put the mid level escalators as a must see, is becuase "who doesnt like to play on escalators?"
Central and Western District are located on the the Northwestern side of Hong Kong Island.
1 of 18 districts, this district is the business and finacial head quarters of Hong Kong and location of the first British settlement, formerly known as Victoria City.
Within the Central and Western District you can find some of Hong Kong most popular landmarks and locations. Such as the IFC building (Hong Kong tallest building), Soho, Midlevels escalator, Exchange Square, Peak tram, Hollywood Road, Ladder Street, Gage Street, and Goverment House ( Housed 28 of Hong Kong's former Governors during British rule)
Definintly one of Hong Kongs most interesting districts, packed with sites to see...
Cat Street (Upper Lascar Road) can easily be a shopping tip, but because it is such a fascinatiing street to walk down, even if you arent shopping, i feel its a must see while in Hong Kong.
Located in the Central District on Hong Kong Island, Cat Street is known for its Antiques (fake and real) collectables, and just some bizarre things. We wish we had the time to re-visit the street, because its a great place to bargain, and you can find some very different gift adeas there.
In its early history, the street was known for seamen's lodging, brothels, and a hangout for criminals and low-lifes. Ofcourse these days it's much different but still stands out on it's own among other markets in Hong Kong.
This area is dominated by skyscrapers of banks and large companies. Some very interesting architecture.
Some of my favorites are the 2 International Finance Centre (IFC), we were first in HK when it was being constructed. The Bank of China building that resembles a praying mantis.
Besides the stunning architecture, there are some other interesting sites.
-Hong Kong Park
-Flagstaff Museum Hong Kong
-Zoological and Botanical Gardens
-SOHO and BOHO