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Central, Hong Kong – All You Must Know Before You Go

When it comes to tours to Hong Kong, Central is a must-go district. Located in the Central and Western Districts, Central, Hong Kong occupies an important position on the northern coast of Hong Kong Island. As the business and political center of Hong Kong, Central is a harbor for banks, international financial institutions, and headquarters of foreign consulates.

Besides, modern buildings and ancient architecture combining Chinese and Western culture, such as the Bank of China Tower and Jardine House, are iconic landmarks in Hong Kong Central.

Central, Hong Kong is one of the most popular districts for shopping. There are countless restaurants, shopping malls, and boutiques known widely, making it a paradise for shopping and tourism.


Central, Hong Kong Facts

  • Location: Located in the northeast part of the Central and Western District in Hong Kong, near the Victoria Harbour.
  • Ticket: Free
  • Opening time: 24 hours (For the opening time of different scenic spots in Central, it depends)
  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Time needed: 1-2 days
  • Suited to: Families, young people, food enthusiasts, shopaholics
Hong Kong Central
Hong Kong Central

Why Visit Central, Hong Kong? 

Gastronomic Delights 

If you want to know what to eat in Central, Hong Kong, try some local food. Central, Hong Kong treats tourists with various types of delicious food. You can taste the local Dim Sum, curry fish eggs, shrimp, lobsters, and other delicious seafood. Except for the best Dim Sum in Hong Kong Central, you can also see restaurants offering food from other countries, like Thailand food, Korean cuisine, Japanese dishes, and more. Don’t forget to have morning tea for breakfast in Hong Kong Central.

Shopper’s Haven

Hong Kong deserves its name as a paradise for shopping. Hong Kong Central has a variety of boutiques that have almost everything you expect to find, offering a fair price with good services. Window shopping is a feast for the eyes as there are so many beautiful things. You can purchase clothes, handbags, jewelry, electronic products, and household items, and the price will never make you regret it.

Scenic Splendor

Central, Hong Kong is also a district with many scenic spots. You can take tours of the Hong Kong Botanical Garden, Observation Wheel, Victoria Peak, and more. Visit the churches with European styles, which may give you a glimpse of Hong Kong’s past. Furthermore, the beautiful street view in the evening is also attractive.

Cultural Fusion

As a business and political center of the city, Central, Hong Kong is a fusion of Chinese and Western culture. Walking through the street, you’ll find traditional Chinese buildings like the Man Mo Temple and European-style architecture such as the St. John’s Cathedral.

Hong Kong Dim Sum
Dim Sum

What to do and see in Central, Hong Kong?

1. Ascend with the Peak Tram

Peak Tram was one of the first public vehicles in Central, Hong Kong after its opening. It has been constantly reformed, and the present Peak Tram is the 6th generation. The railway spans 1,365 meters, with the altitude ascending from 28 meters to 396 meters. By taking a Peak Tram, you can have a panoramic view of the whole Central district and Hong Kong city.

2. Revel in Lan Kwai Fong’s Nightlife

Lan Kwai Fong is one of the unique tourist spots in Central, Hong Kong, and it is a popular place, especially among young people in Hong Kong. It is a lane where you can see bars and restaurants on two sides. When considering dining in Central, Hong Kong, Lan Kwai Fong is also a good choice.

The lane turns busy after sunset. You can visit there to enjoy the splendid night scenery of Lan Kwai Fong, or walk into a bar and get a cup of cocktail.

3. Indulge in Retail Therapy at IFC Mall

IFC Mall in Central is one of the best places for shopping in Hong Kong. There are over 200 fine stores selling luxuries, clothes, and electronics, covering a variety of international brands. Release your desire to shop at IFC in Central, Hong Kong, and get the goods you expect.

IFC Mall has cinemas and coffee shops. If you are tired, go to the cinema or have a cup of coffee.

4. Explore Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Located in Central, Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden is the largest botanical and bird garden in Hong Kong. It is home to over 1,000 plants, 400 birds, 70 mammals, and 70 reptiles, some of which are rare or endangered species. To the east of the garden is a greenhouse, where over 150 plants from home and abroad grow.

5. Immerse in Arts and Culture at Tai Kwun

Located on Hollywood Road in Central, Hong Kong, Tai Kwun has been open for tours since 2018. It is a unique scenic spot where you can see buildings in Victorian architecture combined with modern design, attracting more local people and tourists.

As the center of heritage and arts, Tai Kwun frequently conducts exhibitions and programs, including globally known movies, music, artistic performances, designs, and cultural and historical relics.

To visit Tai Kwun in Central, Hong Kong, don’t forget to make a reservation and book a free ticket in advance.

Victoria Peak Peak Tram
Ascend with the Peak Tram

Hotels in Central, Hong Kong

When considering booking hotels in Central, Hong Kong, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Central, Hong Kong will be an optimal choice. It is one of the five stars and luxury hotels in Hong Kong, offering delicacy food, luxury spas, and other high-end services that meet all your expectations for a hotel in your Hong Kong tours.

Best Time to Visit Central

If you plan to travel to Hong Kong, take the time to visit into account. The best time to visit Central, Hong Kong is from October to March. The average temperature in Hong Kong is 23 degrees throughout the year. It is hot and humid in Summer when the highest temperature reaches 35 degrees. For other seasons, the climate is mild and suitable for Hong Kong tours.

Winter is a shopping season in Central, Hong Kong, and many goods are discounted. By visiting in winter, you can buy products at a lower price.

Furthermore, there are festivals like the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and the Chinese Spring Festival. It must be an amazing tour of Hong Kong if you spend these festivals or holidays together with the local people, experience the local customs, and taste delicious food.


How to Get to Central, Hong Kong

Once you arrive in Hong Kong, you can go to Central, Hong Kong in the following ways:

1. From Hong Kong Airport

By Bus: Take the MTR Airports Express to Hong Kong Station, and then you’re in Central, Hong Kong Island. It costs HKD 115 and takes about 24 minutes. If you are not in a hurry, you can take the Cityflyer A11 alternatively. It takes about 1 hour and costs HKD 35, which is much cheaper.

By Taxi: Hiring a taxi to Central, Hong Kong is also a good way. It costs HKD 335 and takes 30 minutes.

2. From Kowloon

By MTR Subway: You can take the MTR Tsuen Wan Line to the Central Station, which takes about 25 minutes.

By Taxi: You can also take a taxi to Hong Kong Central directly without hustling in a subway. The journey is about 10 minutes.

3. From other areas of Hong Kong Island

By MTR Subway: An economical way to reach Central, Hong Kong from other areas of Hong Kong Island is by taking a subway. The subway system is well-developed in Hong Kong. Head to the nearest subway station and take a subway to the Hong Kong Station or Central Station. A transition may be required depending on your location.

By Tram: This way of transportation, also called Ding Ding, carries passengers from the east to the west of Hong Kong Island with HKD 3. Head to the nearest tram station and confirm if you are going westbound or eastbound. Get off at the Pedder Street Station, then you are in Central, Hong Kong.

By Taxi: Hire a taxi to Hong Kong Central from where you are, and it may cost more.


Attractions nearby Central, Hong Kong

  • Victoria Peak: The night scene there is beautiful. Standing on the peak’s viewing platform, you can see the Hong Kong City, Victoria Harbour, and high-rise buildings in Central, Hong Kong.
  • Central-Mid-Levels Escalator: Hong Kong Central Mid-Level Escalator, opened in 1993, is the world’s longest outdoor escalator in Central, Hong Kong at the Mid-levels. It is 800 meters long, taking you to explore restaurants, popular shops, and bars in Hong Kong Central all the way.
  • Star FerryThis unique type of transportation carries passengers across the mysterious Victory Harbour. Tourists can get closer to the fancy Victory Harbour and enjoy the beautiful scenery there. You can take a Star Ferry from Wan Chai Pier, Central Pier, or Tsim Sha Tsui Pier at your convenience.
  • Hong Kong Observation Wheel: Situated on the Harbourfront in Central, Hong Kong Island, the Hong Kong Observation Wheel attracts numerous tourists every day. It is 60 meters tall and offers a spectacular view of the harbor and Hong Kong Island. Besides, it’s an ideal place for taking pictures.
  • JOHN’S CATHEDRAL: It is a peaceful land in busy Central, Hong Kong that features a European style of architecture and a splendid interior. It is open for free visits. If you want to pray or gain peace of mind on your trip to Hong Kong, this is for you.


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