Hong Kong Central
Central or Central District (中環) is a birthplace of modern Hong Kong, where everything has begun. In 1941, the British chosen present-day Central District area to build a city. Soon after that, military facilities and colonial buildings emerged in the North Coast of Hong Kong Island. There is nothing much left of that now. Central is now administration and business center of Hong Kong, so steel and glass skyscrapers replaced colonial buildings. However, the colonial legacy still can be found.
Central is more than just a financial center of Hong Kong. It is rather a center of Hong Kong in its full meaning. It is hard to find a better place to do shopping, eating, or enjoy world’s famous Hong Kong nightlife. Full of steel and glass Central District can sometimes feel sterile and cold, however if you know where to look it can be charming too. It is home to some of the city’s best shopping malls, but you can also find traditional open-air markets selling clothing and food. There are small family-run restaurants serving Chinese food along with modern one offering Chinese, European, and International dishes. It can be quite interesting to see bamboo scaffolding next to the modern buildings or vintage trams moving through the skyscrapers forest.
For nightlife hit the Lan Kwai Fong, a street full of bars, restaurants, and clubs. It is arguably one of the best nightlife spots in the World. Restaurants, bars, and clubs in Central are mostly upmarket, but you can find cheap places to eat or have a drink. Street food is available at very affordable prices.
Mid-levels Escalator and Walkways is the great way to explore Central. This free, 800 meters (2,600 ft) long transportation system featuring escalator and walkways connect Queen’s Road Central with Conduit Road. It is covered offering protection from sun and rain. You can make stops for shops, restaurants, and bars along the way.
In easy two hours walk from Peak Tram Lower Terminus, you can see Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens (6:00-19:00, free), Government House, St. John’s Cathedral, Court of Final Appeal, Former French Mission Building, HSBC headquarters, Legislative Council Building, historic Statue Square and Bank of China building. Make a lunch break in a vibrant Soho District (蘇豪), where you can find many restaurants.
Peak Tram station (trams to Victoria Peak) is also located in Central.