Central Hong Kong

Getting Out

Central is of course, Central, not just geographically and financially but also in terms of the transport network of Hong Kong.  Well known for efficient and cheap public transport you'll find that it is entirely possible to enjoy all the sights of Hong Kong by using Central as a hub and taking only the regular public transport.

Here are a few particular trips that you may consider taking around Central.

Tsim Sha Tsui

Just across the famed Victoria Harbour is the district of Tsim Sha Tsui, the southern most part of the mainland. Housing museums, hotels, shops and the Golden Mile of Nathan Road this is a must-visit part of Hong Kong and is easily reached from Central via the iconic Star Ferry.

From anywhere in Central just walk north, downhill and towards the sea, and soon enough you'll be on Connaught Road. Here it is preferable to make use of the elevated walkways which not only get you away from the traffic but are well signed.  Star Ferry uses the Central Pier 8 and you can follow any sign for the piers.  Your best choice for a view though is to go first to the General Post Office and walk north from there on the blue elevated walkway with the IFC Mall and tower on your left and the open space of the Central waterfront on your right

 

 

Victoria Peak

While Hong Kong's famed Victoria Peak towers above the Central district you can't simply walk straight up. Well it is possible, but the hike is considerably difficulty and winding so it will not only take most of an hour but will leave you too exhausted when you arrive to enjoy the views!  So the best way is either take the Peak Tram, or bus #15.

Taking the Peak Tram is in itself something worth doing but the queues are long and the lower Peak Tram Terminus is some distance walk from the rest of Central being up hill and close to Admiralty.  By comparison the bus 15 leaves from outside the Central Ferry piers and is easy to reach and provides its own different interesting views as it winds up the mountain side.  There are no queues and it is considerably cheaper.  However, those suffering from motion sickness in cars are best to avoid it.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland

Want to visit the land of Mickey Mouse? Although a long way from Central the transport facilities are great and it is no difficulty at all to reach Disneyland from Hong Kong.

Trains run on the Tung Chung line from the Hong Kong station underneath IFC Mall right in the heart of Central.  You can buy tickets for Disneyland here which include the train trip first on the regular commuter train, then on the special Disney themed Sunny Bay Line right up to the station outside the park.

 

Hop-on, Hop-off Tourist Bus

Consider taking one of the two hop-on, hop-off tourist busses that go via Central to other parts of Hong Kong.  Both the original "Big Bus Tour" and the "Rickshaw Bus" tours offer similar options and allow for great flexibility with open top buses, multi-language recorded commentaries and of course that helpful ability to get on and off whenever you please.