Hong Kong Travel Guide
- Mix of old and new; skyscrapers cozy up next to streets lined by traditional markets
- Top-notch dining and a lively nightlife
- Sweeping views from Victoria Peak
- Great shopping; Queen's Road is Hong Kong's equivalent of New York's Fifth Avenue
- Hong Kong Park, with the Museum of Tea, and The Charter Garden, with a zoo and playground
- Convenient location, especially for business travelers
- Fast pace and hoards of people can be stressful
- Few budget hotel options
What It's Like
The business and financial hub of the city, Central overlooks the water from the north shore of Hong Kong Island. Its skyline is defined by tall glass-and-steel buildings and has a modern look, but some buildings from the neighborhood's past as a former British colony and military port remain.
Many tourists stay in or visit Central; its mix of modern and historic is appealing, and there are plenty of sights to take in. Central is home not only to upscale shopping centers and top-notch restaurants, but several beautiful parks and gardens. The Chater Garden features a zoo and a playground, popular among families, and Hong Kong Park is the site of the Museum of Tea, housed in a historic colonial building. Though a large portion of historic buildings have been demolished, Central maintains many of its traditional aspects, despite the neighborhood's modern vibe. Streets such as Graham Streeet and Gage Street host outdoor markets, and the quaint trams that rattle along the streets harken back to earlier times.
With a beauitful setting on the water, Central has gorgeous views, particularly from Victoria Peak, the tallest hill in the city. And though Hong Kong doesn't boast an especially rowdy nightlife, Central is the exception and features plenty of bars and clubs.
Where To Stay
Central is a tourist-friendly area and has numerous hotels. However, most of these hotels are upscale (and expensive), often catering to business travelers and families looking for large, lavish accomodations. Staying on the outskirts of the neighborhood can sometimes mean lower rates.