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Central is a district of Hong Kong Island. It is the political, administrative and financial hub and home to some fantastic skyscrapers and Victoria Peak.

Understand[edit]

The area's proximity to Victoria Harbour led it to become an early centre of trade and finance. Today it remains Hong Kong's administrative centre.

Orientation[edit]

Central in this guide means the administrative district of Central and Western. It includes the following neighbourhoods that are either in or close to the Central Business District:

  • Central (中環) — previously known as Victoria, this is 'downtown' Hong Kong and may be defined as the area within walking distance of Central MTR station. Head north towards the harbour and you will find modern buildings such as the IFC shopping mall. Alternatively, make your way uphill towards the mountain and you will encounter some of the oldest parts of Hong Kong.
  • Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊) — a small area just southwest of Central Station focused on the L-shaped street of Lan Kwai Fong and also including parts of D'Aguilar Street, Wellington Street and Wyndham Street forming a square around Lan Kwai Fong. The area is packed with restaurants, bars and clubs. Popular with expats and local drinkers.
  • Soho (荷南美食區) — entertainment zone between Hollywood Road and Bonham Road-Caine Road, featuring restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries and shops. Take the elevated walkway from the IFC mall to catch the escalator up.
  • Mid-Levels (半山區) — continue up the escalator to find the high-end residential area half way up Victoria Peak. In the morning the escalator moves residents down the mountain to their offices in Central.
  • Sheung Wan (上環) — interesting area below Mid-Levels between Central in the east and Sai Ying Pun in the west. Although adjacent to Central, it has its own identity and is worth exploring if you are interested in small shops and remnants of the territory's colonial past.

Further afield, you might explore:

  • Victoria Peak (太平山) — high class neighbourhood and popular tourist destination that looks down on Central and Victoria Harbour.
  • Sai Ying Pun (西營盤) — traditional Chinese residential neighbourhood that is host to Hong Kong University and is populated by a large number of dried seafood shops.
  • Kennedy Town (堅尼地城) — famous for being at the end of the tramline and little else. This used to be the place to find undesirable people and noxious industries. With the expectation of the MTR, Kennedy Town has recently gentrified.

Get in[edit]

By boat[edit]

Star Ferry. The classic way to get to Central from Kowloon is the ferry from the pier on Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, to Pier 7 at Central. You can buy a trip token from the vending machines at the piers. You can also pay by coins at the turnstile, but no change is provided if you don't have the exact fare. M-F $2.50 ($2 on lower deck), $3.40 Sa-Su, holidays.

By metro[edit]

Central Station is the end of the Tsuen Wan Line. The Island Line passes through Central.

By train[edit]

The Airport Express terminates at Hong Kong Station, which allows in-town check-in for flights.

By tram[edit]

Trams run from Shau Kei Wan (筲箕灣) in the East to Kennedy Town in the far west.

See[edit]

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Landmarks[edit]

The Cenotaph. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, it is almost identical to the London Cenotaph.
  • Cenotaph (和平紀念碑), Central (between Statue Square and the City Hall, north of Chater Rd). Built in 1923 in honour of the fallen soldiers of WWI and later also attributed to the ones from WWII. It is a copy of the more famous one in London.
  • City Hall5 Edinburgh Place, Central (Central Station J Exit, Hong Kong Station A Exit). Concert hall, theatre, and exhibition space. This cultural hub is famous for its dim sum restaurant.
  •    Man Mo Temple Compound124-126, 128, 130 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan / Soho. Daily 8am-6pm. Consists of Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Kung Temple and Kung Sor assembly hall. Man Mo Temple was built in the 1840s and is Hong Kong Island's oldest temple. It is nestled amongst antique shops, with the air full of smoke from hundreds of burning incense coils. While you are there, pop into one of the many antique shops to see some of the best Chinese and South-East Asian antiques in the world, but beware that there are many very clever fakes for sale.
  • Statue Square (皇后像廣場), Central (Central Station, exit K). Public square from the 19th century, originally with a number of royal statues, but now only with one statue of banker Sir Thomas Jackson. It is a relaxing place with plantings and fountains. The square is surrounded by some impressive buildings, including the HSBC headquarters and the Legislative Council.

Museums and exhibitions[edit]

  •    Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum7 Castle Rd, Mid-Levels (852) 2367 6373fax: (852) 3580 0498, e-mail: . M-W, F 10AM-6PM, Sa-Su 10AM-7PM. Exhibits on the life of Sun Yat-sen. $10, concession $5, free on Wed.
  • Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences2 Caine Lane, Mid-Levels. The neighbour of one of the earliest hospitals in Hong Kong, Tung Wah Hospital, this museum shows how the healthcare system evolved from traditional Chinese medicine to modern Western medicine, via the establishment of numerous hospitals and the first medical school (now the University of Hong Kong), of which Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a student.
  • Hong Kong Planning and Infrastructure Exhibition GalleryG/F, Murray Road Multi-storey Car Park Building (ground floor of the City Hall Annex),  3102-1242. W-M 10AM-6PM. A celebration of planning proposals and infrastructure projects. There are six main sections: Imprint, Hong Kong 2030, New Kai Tak, Transport & Logistics, Sustainable Development and Living Environment. Interactive features and devices give visitors the latest information on planning and infrastructure developments in Hong Kong. Free.
  •    Hong Kong Police Museum27 Coombe Rd, The Peak (NWFB Bus 15 from Exchange Square, get off at the stop after Stubbs Rd),  +852 2849 7019fax: +852 2849 4573. W-Su 9AM–5PM, Tu 2–5PM. There are five galleries: Orientation describing the history of the force, Triad Societies and Narcotics describing the history of Triad Societies and narcotic problems, Police Then & Now describing the transformation of Hong Kong Police Force over the years, Current Exhibition exhibiting changing themes, and Heroin Factory exhibiting a heroin production site. Free.
  • Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre7A Kennedy Rd, Mid-Levels (852) 2521 3008fax: 2501 4703. W-M 10AM-9PM. Offers visual arts studios for artists as well as exhibition halls.
  • Madame TussaudsThe Peak. The usual Tussauds waxworks with characters that appeal to Chinese interests.
  •    University Museum and Art Gallery94 Bonham Rd, Mid-Levels +852 2859 2114. M-Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su 1-6PM. The oldest museum in Hong Kong dating back to 1953 has a large permanent collection of Chinese antiquities as well as modern paintings. It also host exhibitions of contemporary and ancient art.

Parks and nature[edit]

  • Chater GardenCentral. Adjacent to the Legislative Council Building, this is the place where disgruntled Hongkongers come to protest. Named after businessman Sir Paul Chater.
  • Hong Kong ParkCentral (852) 2521 5041fax: (852) 2537 1236, e-mail: . 6AM-10PM. A great place to relax in Central. Head for L16 cafe and bar which is one of the few places where you can eat and drink outdoors away from the traffic.
  • Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical GardensMid-Levels. A small, free zoo with reptiles, primates, a jaguar, and rare and endangered birds and plants.
  • King George V Memorial ParkSai Ying Pun.
  • Lung Fu Shan Country ParkThe Peak. Hong Kong newest and smallest Country Park. Its proximity to the Peak makes it highly accessible and one is rewarded by a pleasant hike away from the crowds nearby. A convenient place to make a BBQ with great views over Victoria Harbour. Budding military historians will enjoy exploring Pinewood battery and other remnants of the Second World War.

Victoria Peak[edit]

The Peak Tower: close to the highest point on the island, the views on a clear day make this an essential part of every tourist's itinerary.

Get a great view of Hong Kong from the giant wok-shaped Peak Tower on Victoria Peak, one of the highest points on the island, as long as the air is clear – it can be obscured by air pollution or cloud. Views of the natural landscape are a stark contrast to views down in the city. The Peak Tower is not only an observation platform, it and the Peak Galleria are full of souvenir shops and overpriced restaurants with spectacular views. There are also some museums and viewing galleries.

From the dawn of British colonisation, the Peak hosted the most exclusive neighbourhood for the territory's richest residents, where local Chinese weren't permitted to live until after World War II. The rich were carried to the Peak in their sedan chairs to escape the summer heat.

Since 1888 the Peak Tram ($28 one way, $40 return) has run directly up from Garden Rd in Central. It stops at the bottom of the Peak Tower. It makes a few stops on the way, so it is possible to go half-way and hike the winding roads on the sloping geography. To get to the start of the tram, follow the signs for ten minutes from Central Station, or bus number 15C runs regularly from the Star Ferry pier. A more picturesque, cheaper and slower way of reaching the Peak is by taking bus 15 (not 15C) from the Star Ferry pier in Central. Not only is it cheaper at $9.80 but, as the bus snakes up the mountain, you can enjoy beautiful views of both sides of Hong Kong Island and passing the territory's priciest neighbourhoods. You can also walk to the Peak from Mid-Levels along Old Peak Road.

Don't bother spending extra money to visit the observation deck of the Peak Tower as there are a number of nice walks around the Peak Tower that offers similar, if not nicer, views of all sides of the island (getting out is not intuitive as the exits are by design not well-signed; they are located on the ends of the ground floor), One of them is the Lion Pavilion Lookout on Findley Road, about one minute walk from The Peak Tower. You will be able to catch a laser show at 8PM every night. On sunny days, you can find an old man outside the pavilion, offering rickshaw rides along Findley Road. A 10-minute ride costs $100.

For the best views and to get away from the crowds, there is a circular walk along Tregunter Rd and Harlech Rd. From Lugard Rd there are views of the skyscrapers of Central and Victoria Harbour, from Harlech Rd, the views are of Lamma and other Outlying Islands. The walk takes around an hour. From Harlech Rd, you can hike into the Lung Fu Shan Country Park and explore the relics of World War 2.

Other[edit]

  • Central-Mid-Levels EscalatorMid-Levels. At 800 m long, this is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The escalator runs downhill from 6AM to 10AM and uphill from 10:30AM to midnight every day.

Do[edit]

  • Mount Davies. Walk up Mount Davies to see the abandoned Second World War era gunnery fortifications. Take the steps up from Victoria Rd just west of Kennedy Town; or follow Victoria Rd until you reach the roundabout (about a kilometre), and take the mountain road up. The climb will take a while, but there are many ruins to explore, and great views. There's also a youth hostel at the top if you are too tired to make it back in one go.
  • Wellington StCentral. Nice street with dried foodstuffs, various restaurants, majong pieces. Also check out Art Jam at 123 Wellington St. They provide you with canvas, paints and materials. From $200 to $500 depending on when you go and canvas size.

Buy[edit]

  • Flow7/F, 29, Hollywood Rd, Central 29649483. Second hand bookshop where you can exchange your used travel guides.
  • Hollywood RoadSoho. Antiques.
  • IFC MallCentral (in the International Financial Centre complex right above MTR Hong Kong/Central stations). Sleek and impressive, this is arguably the most prestigious shopping centre on the island. Here you will find one of the best cinemas with the added bonus that the film will be the English language version (if it is an animation). Go up to the rooftop and you will find yourself in what is technically public open space. The views of Victoria Harbour are good and you will find a couple of bars that will help you enjoy the public terrace on the rooftop by selling you drinks. Although the bars dominate this area, there is nothing to stop you taking your own food and drinks and picnicking on the tables and chairs provided.
  • The LandmarkCentral. An older shopping centre that has had a recent facelift to incorporate a five-star hotel. For many, it remains a focus for many of the most expensive designer fashion shops in Hong Kong.
  • Pedder St and Queen's RdCentral. One of the best locations for jewellery and designer watches at prices that can be up to 35% less than Europe. As always, shop around for the best prices and always buy from reputable dealers to avoid fake goods.
  • Pacific Place and Queensway and Admiralty CentreAdmiralty. A number of interconnected shopping malls near Admiralty MTR. Pleasant air-conditioned shopping for mid-price to expensive branded goods and restaurants.
  • Soho and south of Hollywood Rd area. Has a new a trendy shopping area around Staunton and Lower Elgin St with lots of local designers.
  • The LanesCentral. Buy silks, fabrics, Chinese dresses, watches, leather bags and many other things here. Li Yuen St West and Li Yuen St East, between Queens Rd and Des Voeux Rd, Central. Despite its prime location close to Central MTR, these narrow streets have a reputation among locals for quality goods at competitive prices.
  • Cat StreetSheung Wan. Probably the best place to buy souvenirs, lots of Mao memorabilia, porcelain, buddha statues and "antiques". Lok Ku Rd, walk down Hollywood Rd towards the west, when you see the Man Mo temple walk down the stairs on the right hand side.

Eat[edit]

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Central is a world-class place to eat, with prices to match. Although Downtown Hong Kong has a reputation for posh nosh, travellers on a budget will not starve if they are careful. When it comes to food, Central justifiably feels like ‘Asia’s World City’ and has the full range of Chinese cuisines punctuated by restaurants from around the world. There is even a British-style fish and chip shop.

Eateries are found across Central and if you wander, perhaps looking for evidence of its colonial past, you can trust serendipity to stumble upon somewhere interesting to eat. If you are lost, the famous escalator will guide you past some of the best restaurants and will take you up the mountain to Soho. Soho (Staunton and Elgin Street) is a focus for mid-range and more expensive places to dine. Drinkers will find that the bars of Lan Kwai Fong provide a good range of international food. Adjacent to Lan Kwai Fong is ‘Rat Alley’ (Wing Wah Lane) where a selection of cheaper restaurants can be found. Despite the nickname, Wing Wah Lane is a popular place to eat, and has the advantage of having some places to sit outside in a car-free street.

The IFC shopping mall has a roof terrace where you will find a choice of bars and restaurants. Technically the roof is public open space, here you can eat and drink outdoors with a view of Victoria Harbour.

Budget[edit]

  • Dumpling House26 Cochrane St, Central (below the escalator). Great Beijing-style dumplings, avoid going there during lunch hour, because it is packed. $8-30.
  • Good Luck Thai13 Wing Wah Ln, Central (locally known as Rat Alley, off Lan Kwai Fong). Seating is both indoors and outdoors, very popular on weekends, nice atmosphere. Dishes starting from $40.
  • Law Fu Kee50 Lyndhurst Terrace, Soho +852 2850 6756. Popular little restaurant serving congee and noodles.
  • Wai Kee Congee Shop (威記粥店), G/F, 82 Stanley St, Central 2551 5564. A good place to sample some traditional Hong Kong style food. Below $45.
  • XTC GelatoG/F, 45B Cochrane St, Central 2541 0500. A popular place to get your fix of ice-cream or frozen yoghurt.
  • Zhong Guo SongWo On Lane, Lan Kwai Fong. Good Chinese food, without MSG and less oil. Set dinners for two about $180.

Mid-range[edit]

Central[edit]

  • China Tee Club101 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central (close to Central MTR, exit D1),  +852 2521 0233. M-Sa. A colonial gem. A private club that welcomes visitors.
  • Lin Heung160-164 Wellington St +852 2544 4556. This is one of the most authentic old world style dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong that uses trolleys to cart its dim sum snacks instead of ordering it using the tick box sheet. Be prepared for a stress induced visit to this restaurant as it is always crowded and you need to work out the system on finding an empty seat and how to grab your desired dim sum snacks from the trolleys. Its a first come first served system, no reservations taken.
  • L16 Cafe and Bar (湖心餐廳酒吧), Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive +852 2522 6333. Serves Thai and Italian food, but come for the location - not the food. A rare place to drink and eat outside away from the noise of Central.
  • Maxim's Palace3F City Hall (just east from Star Ferry terminal),  +852 2526 9931. One of Hong Kong's most popular dim sum spots, featuring harbour views if you're lucky enough to score a window table. The atmosphere and food are very much in the classical dim sum tradition, a large, noisy hall with waitresses pushing around carts laden with goodies; try the siu mai (燒賣), har gao (蝦餃) and mango pudding. Dim sum served 11AM-3PM daily, expect to queue on Sundays (when the restaurant opens at 9 AM). Try to gather a few people so you can try many different kinds, and expect to pay $100-200 a head. Don't confuse this with Maxim's Restaurant on the 2nd floor.
  • Pizza Express21 Lyndhurst Terrace. Has a nice view overlooking the Mid-Levels Escalator.

Lan Kwai Fong[edit]

  • BaciLan Kwai Fong. Pizza.
  • BeirutLan Kwai Fong. Lebanese cuisine is top of the sheet. Lamb or chicken kebab and sisha. Nice decor but the food is a far cry from the real deal (particularly in taste).
  • Tokyo JoeLan Kwai Fong. Japanese food.

Sheung Wan[edit]

  • Fung Shing Restaurant (鳳城酒家), 7 On Tai St, Sheung Wan (in Western Market),  +852 2815 8689. Very local eatery known for its dim sum, which is cheap and good at $10 and up per serving. Open daily from 7:30AM for the dim sum breakfast crowd, but no English menu.

Soho[edit]

  • Al Dente16 Staunton St, Soho (中環蘇豪士丹頓街16號地下) +852 2869 5463. Italian cuisine. Serving large, medium quality dishes not too different from what you would find in an Italian bistro. Their pastas and meat dishes are better than their pizzas. Often full.
  • Ayuthaiya35 Hollywood Rd, Soho (中環荷李活道35號) +852 3105 5055. M-Sa noon-after midnight, Su 6PM-after midnight. Thai cuisine. Serving quite authentic food in a stylish, dark environment. Expect $300-500 each.
  • Brunch Club70 Peel St, Soho +852 2526 8861. Neighbourhood-style Western coffee shop (pre-Starbucks style) specialising in brunch and breakfast, although dinner is also served. Customers are provided with a wide range of newspapers and magazines in English and Chinese. Clientele is mainly expatriate.
  • Double Happiness Cafe48 Staunton St, Soho +852 2549 1862. Shanghai cuisine. Nice and simple little restaurant serving authentic Shanghainese dishes. Prices reflects that this is in the centre of Soho and comparable food can be found much cheaper elsewhere.
  • Jashan23 Hollywood Rd, Soho +852 3105 5300. noon-3PM, 6PM-11PM. Indian cuisine. Serves great curries and perfect naan. The lunch buffet is good value. Lunch buffet $99.
  • OolaG/F, Centre Stage, Bridges St, Soho (take the Central Escalator up to Staunton St and then turn right along Staunton until it becomes Bridges St),  +852 2803 2083. Away from the crowds in Soho, but worth the extra walk. International menu in a comfortable environment. Serves as both a place to eat or drink. Drinks are expensive. $150-300.
  • La PampaStaunton St, Soho. Argentinian.

The Peak[edit]

  • The Peak Lookout121 Peak Rd, The Peak (near the top of the Peak Tram),  +852 2849 1000. M-Th 10:30M-11:30PM, F 10:30AM-1AM, Sa 8:30AM-1AM, Su 8:30-10:30PM. Serving a range of international cuisine such as naan bread, Hainan chicken, and steaks in a 19th century heritage building. Also has a pleasant garden patio.

Kennedy Town[edit]

  • Percy BakeryShop b, g/f, 68 Catchick St, Kennedy Town +852 2855 1882. A high quality bakery. Take away and delivery service only.

Splurge[edit]

  • Bistro Bouchon49 Elgin St, Soho. French bistro focusing on steaks. Mains from around $200.
  • Cafe Deco, Level 1-2, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Rd, The Peak, +852 2849 5111, M-Th 11:30AM-12AM, F-Sa 11:30-1AM, Su 9:30-12PM [1]. Located opposite the top of the Peak Tram. Features an international menu with items such as fresh oysters, sushi, Himalayan chicken, and pizzas. The food is reasonable, and the views spectacular (especially during the 8PM Victoria Harbour lights/fireworks).
  • Chez Patrick26 Peel St, Soho +852 2527 1408. An excellent, Parisian-style French restaurant. The proprietor, Patrick, has a delightful obsession with foie gras which extends to creative dishes such as foie gras ice cream served as a first course.
  • Chilli Fagara51A Graham St, Soho +852 2893 3330. Sichuan cuisine. Great spicy dishes including the favourites you will find in Sichuan Province. This restaurants ambitions appear to go further than just making the food as the mainland original implying that some might be disappointed. Somewhat overpriced but still good.
  • Luk Yu Tea House (陸羽茶室), 26 Stanley St, Central. Famous for the excellent tea and traditional dim sum. It is a popular meeting place for businessmen. Service, once famously surly, has improved in recent years and they now even provide an English menu on request.
  • Pure Bar + Restaurant32 Hollywood Rd, Soho (中環荷李活道32號建業榮基中心2樓). Mains from $138, steaks from $278.
  • Yung Kee Restaurant32-40 Wellington St, Central +852 2522 1624. Established in 1942, this restaurant has enjoyed unparalleled success and was once named in the "Top Fifteen Restaurants in the World" by Fortune Magazine. Previously a humble BBQ house serving its renowned roast goose, it has evolved into a world famous Cantonese restaurant. Dim sum is also served at lunch-time. Be prepared for a noisy environment at peak times, this type of restaurant is not for those seeking a quiet meal and is best experienced in a large group.

Drink[edit]

Lan Kwai Fong at night
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Lan Kwai Fong[edit]

If you want good food, a party atmosphere, or just to people watch, head to Hong Kong's traditional expat hangout of Lan Kwai Fong, a few blocks uphill from Central MTR. Dozens of bars sell pricey drinks: even basic beer costs $50 and up. The 7-Eleven store sells beer and mixed drinks much more cheaply than the bars - and the staff will even open the bottles for you. There is always something going on in The Fong, be it street festivals during the Halloween and New Year's celebrations or the Beer and Food Festivals that pop up in the summer.

  • La Dolce VitaLan Kwai Fong.
  • InsomniaLan Kwai Fong.
  • Al's DinerLan Kwai Fong.
  • LuxLan Kwai Fong.
  • HAHAClubD'Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong (next to C Club). For cheaper booze, you can try here.
  • Works30-32 Wyndham St. A good place for tourists to start on the gay bar-scene. Popular with expats and tourists alike, it is easily accessible in Central. Friday and Saturday are the most popular nights but do not expect many drinkers to arrive much before 11PM.

Soho[edit]

Jump on the Mid-Levels escalator, and you'll find plenty of bars and restaurants on your way up the hill on Hollywood Rd, Staunton St and Elgin St:

  • Club Feather Boa38 Staunton St, Soho 28572586.
  • The Globe45-53 Graham St, Soho +852 2543 1941. 10am - 2am. Excellent beer pub, also has good menu aimed at western taste buds. It is also one of the few places that has Typhoon T8 on tap, a locally produced cask ale.
  • Liquid LoungeG/F & L/F 3 Lower Elgin St, Soho, Central (between Hollywood Rd and Staunton St),  2547 7778. Chic and classy bar serving food.
  • StauntonsStaunton St, Soho.

Elsewhere[edit]

  • PropagandaB/F 1 Hollywood Rd, Soho (close to Works, it has an entrance that is hard to find so try and follow the migration along Hollywood Rd from Works). Famous gay club. Tends to get going after Works has faded.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Cosco Hotel (香港中远酒店), Yick Fung Garden, 20-21, Praya Rd, Kennedy Town 85228162878fax: 85228165698. Listed rates from $858, discounted from $409.
  • Ice House38 Ice House St, Central. From $700.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Island Pacific Hotel (香港港岛太平洋酒店), 152 West Connaught Rd, Sai Ying Pun 85221311188fax: 85221311212. Rooms with internet service. Business centre, fitness and outdoor swimming pool available. Western restaurant, bar and room service available. Listed rates from $2,147, discounted to $600, breakfast $141.
  • Lan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong3 Kau U Fong, Central (2 minutes’ walk from Sheung Wan MTR),  +852 3650 0000, e-mail: . A boutique hotel uniquely designed with a distinctive touch of oriental style. Each room's furniture, fabrics and artifacts are meticulously chosen displaying striking individuality. Awarded as "Asia's Leading Boutique Hotel" by World Travel Awards 2009.
  •    Ovolo Hotel – 286 Queens Road Central286 Queens Road Central, Central (2 minutes’ walk from Sheung Wan MTR),  +852 2165 1000. Check-in: flexible, check-out: flexible. Boutique hotel that opened in 2012. 60 Rooms. Queen or twin mattresses, AppleTV, loot bag, rainfall shower, electric curtains, free minibar, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, happy hour. $1,400.
  • Traders Hotel (formerly Hotel Jen) (香港仁民饭店), 508 Queens Rd West, Kennedy Town 85229741234fax: 85229740333. Rooms with free internet and views of Victoria Harbour and nearby mountains. Business centre, fitness and outdoor swimming pool available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as bar. Listed rates from $1,243, discounted from $600, breakfast $152 (included for more expensive rooms).

Splurge[edit]

  • Conrad Hotel Hong KongPacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central +852 25213838fax: +852 25213888. One of three elegantly appointed 5-star hotels at the conveniently located Pacific Place complex. 513 rooms, swimming pool, and health club. Amongst the five restaurants is Nicholini's. From $2,500.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong8 Finance St, Central (next to the IFC),  +852 31968888fax: +852 31968899. One of the most prestigious in Hong Kong, opened in 2005, 399 rooms, wall-to-wall windows with view of Victoria Harbour or Victoria Peak, two outdoor infinity pools, a 22,000 sq ft spa, and a fitness centre. The only hotel in the world with two three-star Michelin restaurants. From $4,200.
  • Island Shangri-LaPacific Place, Supreme Court Rd, Central +852 28773838fax: +852 25218742. One of three elegantly appointed 5-star hotels at the conveniently located Pacific Place complex. The hotel comprises 531 rooms and 34 suites decorated with Asian-accented European furnishings. Facilities include a health club and swimming pool. From $2,800.
  • JW Marriott Hotel Hong KongPacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central +852 28108366fax: +852 28450737. One of three elegantly appointed 5-star hotels at the conveniently located Pacific Place complex. Features 577 rooms, a swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre, and six restaurants. From $2,800.
  • Landmark Mandarin OrientalThe Landmark, 15 Queen's Rd Central, Central (a few minutes walk from Lan Kwai Fong),  +852 21320188. Boutique hotel, opened in 2005, 113 rooms, 25,000 sq ft Oriental Spa. From $3,900.
  • Hotel LKF33 Wyndham St, Lan Kwai Fong (central Lan Kwai Fong),  +852 35189688. A 95-room boutique hotel. From $2,500.
  • Mandarin Oriental5 Connaught Rd, Central +852 25220111. Renovated in 2006, the chain's original and prestigious flagship. 502 rooms, spa, indoor swimming pool, and fitness centre. Michelin 3-star chef Pierre Gagnaire has lent his name and inspiration to, Pierre, the hotel's French restaurant. From $3,900.
  • The Mercer (尚圜), 29 Jervois St, Sheung Wan (1 minute walk from Sheung Wan MTR Station),  +852 2922 9988, e-mail: . Opened in 2011, 55-room boutique hotel, outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre with complementary minibar, coffee and tea.
  •    Ovolo Hotel - 2 Arbuthnot road2 Arbuthnot road, Central +852 2165 1000. Check-in: flexible, check-out: flexible. Design boutique hotel with Apple TV, free 1Gbps WiFi, free breakfast at cafe, full wash and dry services, free mini bar, free local calls, 24-hour gym and flexible checkout. Smoke free. Free access to 9000 citywide hotspots From $3200.

Connect[edit]

The IFC mall above Hong Kong station provides free wifi. The large Apple store inside the IFC also provides free wifi, as well as Apple computers to surf the internet with.

Go next[edit]

  • An interesting way to spend your day is by taking the tram to Wan Chai and Causeway Bay in the east.
  • The shopping mecca of Kowloon is just across Victoria Harbour; take the Star Ferry for the experience or the MTR for speed.
  • Take a ferry directly out of the hustle and bustle to the relaxation of Mui Wo or Lama Island
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