Sam's Exotic Travels: Hong Kong Island
The city proper is centered around Victoria Harbour. The main business district is Central, headquarters to major international banks and investment houses and home to Hong Kong's government buildings. East of Central lies the Admiralty commercial district; beyond that Wan Chai, known for its restaurants and clubs; then Causeway Bay, a major shopping area which also has a picturesque harbor. Towering above it all is Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's premier scenic outlook and residential district, which happily has plenty of public green space leading to scenic hiking trails around The Peak and down to the Southern side of Hong Kong Island. On the waterfront, below Admiralty, is the HK Convention & Exhibition Centre, one of Hong Kong's defining landmarks, with its distinctive curved three-tier roof and vast expanse of glass walls creating a dramatic vista.
The area from Central to Causeway Bay, collectively known as the Central District, is the financial and economic hub of Hong Kong. First impressions, when viewed across Victoria Harbour from Kowloon, are of an organic mass of glass and concrete, a veritable forest of tall skyscrapers with the green hills behind them. The view, as seen from Kowloon across Victoria Harbour, is considered the number one skyline in all the world. Note: see below for new photos from 2007
Located on the hill above Central are Lan Kwai Fong, a bustling area of restaurants and bars, popular with ex-pats and above that the HK Zoological & Botanical Gardens, with plants and animals and some stunning views of the skyscrapers below. To the east are Sheung Wan, where the first British settled and an historic area, and Kennedy Town.
Southern Hong Kong Island includes Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, and Stanley; and in contrast to the frantic pace of its Central District, has a more relaxed, "southern", holiday atmosphere. Ocean Park, Hong Kong's major theme park, is located near Aberdeen.
To see additional details on the Hong Kong Island locales, see the attached Hong Kong Island Narrative, a more detailed description of Hong Kong Island, including maps.
To recap, Hong Kong photo albums are as follows:
Southern Hong Kong Island
New photos from 2007 +:
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