Central is a Hong Kong
district that isn’t like its neighbours. Despite lacking a distinct name common to areas within the city, like Causeway Bay
, Wan Chai
or Tsim Sha Tsui
, you only have to look to see that it speaks for itself. Skyscrapers reach a little higher and glow a little brighter here. Shops and restaurants set the bar for class and selection. Travellers who love an urban adventure and modern cities shouldn’t hesitate to book from our Central hotels on Hong Kong Island
As one of Asia’s most well-known concrete jungles, shopping claims a well-earned position at the top of Central’s offerings, but it does not outshine the rest. You could spend a whole holiday getting to know the district’s scenic, entertainment and cultural qualities. It’s like a gold-plated Swiss Army Knife of Asian cities, and the mix of Chinese-English heritage only makes it more special. The best place to take it all in is Victoria Peak, which should be a mandatory stop for all visitors. Riding the Peak Tram up to higher ground is already a small history lesson as it first opened in 1888, and once at the top you’ll be able to see most of urban Hong Kong Island and Kowloon to the north. The view defines Hong Kong so well even locals visit regularly.
Back at sea level, Soho and Lan Kwai Fong are the heart of the Central’s entertainment attractions. Your tastes have to be quite obscure to not find a restaurant that satisfies your cravings in these two areas, which have everything from Lebanese and Japanese, to Italian pizza and cheap local Chinese fare. The same can be said if you’re looking for drinks and nightlife.
However, when it comes to a quintessential Hong Kong meal, Lin Heung Tea House will make a lasting impression. The simple interior and atmosphere has survived from Old Hong Kong, likely giving you the most interesting dim sum meal you’ve ever had. Lin Heung can be found on Wellington Street not far from Sheung Wan
MTR Station, which is also a good stretch of road to find local products like dried food or majong sets – just make sure you don’t challenge the locals to a game!
It’s easy to get around Hong Kong, and some of its transportation options are part of the experience. The Star Ferry services are a highlight but Central is home to the world’s largest outdoor covered escalator system. It runs 800 metres from the foot of the hills of the Mid-Levels northeast to Des Voeux Road in Central, transporting pedestrians downhill from 6:00am to 10:30am and then uphill through to midnight. You can exit onto all roads it passes, and the system can be used to connect many of the places mentioned above.
On top of all this, Central Hong Kong has museums like Madame Tussauds, the sizeable Hong Kong Park, IFC Mall with its relaxing landscaped rooftop, and celebrations during western holidays like New Year and Halloween as well as its own food and beer festivals during the summer. It’s impossible to cover it all, but what can be assured is that the area will not disappoint.
So wot are you waiting for? Book a flight to Hong Kong
, stay in Central accommodation and be perfectly poised to take in the city’s best and more!