Central and Western

Hong Kong's 18 districts are full of exciting events and attractions, colour and fun, which are sure to excite visitors. Whether it is one of our fantastic museums, great restaurants or spectacular festivals, Hong Kong is sure to offer great times. Click on any of the links below and discover the myriad of things to do and see in Hong Kong.

  • Peak Tower
    Hong Kong is rightly famed all over the world for the stunning views from Victoria Peak - a sight that never fails to amaze visitors as they behold the almost unbelievable panorama virtually stretching as far as he eye can see. Neatly bisecting the near and far land masses is Victoria Harbour, its waters constantly being traversed by all manner of craft ranging from stately passenger liners and plodding freighters to sprightly Star Ferries and darting jetfoils. And now this fabulous sight has been even further enhanced by one of Hong Kong's most imaginative and futuristic buildings, the seven-storey Peak Tower, an all-in-one viewing, dining and entertainment centre.

    Designed by British architect Terry Farrell to take the fullest advantage of the sights, it devotes 20 per cent of its total space to viewing terraces that seem to be suspended in space above the stupendous visual feast dramatically occupying almost the whole skyline.When finally sated by the view, visitors can now enjoy the many superb attractions offered by the Peak Tower, which was opened in 1997. Among the entertainments is the 'Peak Explorer' with moveable seats in a spaceship setting that creates hair-raising virtual adventures, plus Ripley's amazing 'Believe It Or Not Odditorium', displaying more than 500 weird and wonderful exhibits. Still another attraction is Madame Tussaud's Hong Kong, displaying more than 100 highly life-like figures of the famous and infamous, including muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger, pop icon Michael Jackson, and movie superstars Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh.

    The Peak Tower also has a wide range of restaurants and food outlets plus novelty shops where visitors can get a souvenir to remind them of their exciting experience. As befits such a world-class tourist attraction, The Peak is served by a modern funicular railway (called, incidentally, the Peak Tram) whose sturdy carriages seem to assume near-perpendicular angles as they giddily whisk passengers up to the top. The less adventurous might prefer to take a taxi up the twisting road through the Mid-Levels or a No 15 bus from Central.

  • Hollywood Road
    The best way to explore this historic area in Hong Kong's Central District is undoubtedly on foot. At the western end of the road is Hollywood Road Park, where a photo display shows the original old settlement close to this area, which was constantly swept by outbreaks of bubonic plague. Road and Upper Lascar Row, also known as "Cat Street", are must-see stops on every visitor's itinerary. Crammed with antique shops and an open-air curio market, these quaint locales are ideal places for picking up eclectic souvenirs and gifts. Everything from Ming Dynasty furniture and lotus lamps to Mao badges and ancient snuff bottles is on sale here. Bargain hunters will also enjoy the stalls on Ladder Street, just a few metres downhill - and haggling is all part of the game.

    For a change from shopping, several blocks uphill is the old red-brick Pathological Institute (now the Museum of Medical Science) where a Japanese scientist isolated the cause of bubonic plague. More history is evident back downhill at the original red-brick YMCA building, which contains a surprise in the basement - the territory's first indoor swimming pool. Hollywood Road is perhaps as famous for the much-photographed Man Mo Temple, dedicated to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), as it is for its antique shops. The temple is located about halfway along the road and a stop in its quiet, incense-shrouded interior makes a pleasant break. Take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) to its Sheung Wan terminus and begin walking away from the harbour. This walk in itself offers a wide variety of interesting old shops to on Queen's Road and up to Hollywood Road. Alternatively, take the Mid-Levels escalator uphill.

  • Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo
    A cheerful warren of Western-style restaurants, nightclubs, delicatessens and bars, Lan Kwai Fong is an L-shaped, cobble-stoned lane just a stone's throw above Central's cluster of skyscrapers. Nearby lanes are also buzzing with bistros and pubs in what is Hong Kong's trendiest nightlife area. Stroll along Hollywood Road and you'll soon discover Hong Kong's "SoHo", the area "South of Hollywood Road". The neighborhood offers a wide range of upmarket eateries and watering holes congregated mainly on Staunton, Shelley and Elgin streets. Here, you'll enjoy international fare from New Orleans to Nepal, Mexico to Malaysia, Provence to Portugal. Above SoHo is the Mid-Levels, an exclusive residential area built on the lower slopes of Victoria Peak. The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator, the longest covered outdoor escalator system in the world, provides easy access to and from downtown, as well as fascinating insights into the diverse street life.

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