Central district (CBD)
A deserted Chater Garden at
night in Central district with the old supreme court
building in the background.
City Hall and the HSBC building -
district is the central business district of Hong Kong. This is
where banks, financial institutions, companies, corporations, and
embassies like to have their headquarters located. As a result the
real estate is prime of the prime. Left: City Hall and the HSBC building.
all dressed up but nowhere to go
Some guy who got stood up
are a few interesting sections in 'Central', as this area is often
referred to. The heart of it is the area with Statue Square sort
of in the center of it. It can be defined by Man Yiu Street (with
a pedestrian overpass) on the west, the Victoria
Harbor on the north, the Murray Road on the east, and Des
Voeux Road Central on the south. This section has the most open
in the Chater Garden
See on map of Central
you can find the rustic former supreme court building, the War Memorial,
the City Hall, the 50-storey high Jardine
House with round windows, the Central Post Office, Chater Garden,
and the Mandarin
Oriental hotel. The old
Star Ferry pier was just next to the City Hall, but has since been moved down the street near the IFC to make
room for constructions
and harbor reclamation.
Above: the former Supreme Court
with light streams of passing
cars and trams.
The Cheung Kong Center
To the south at the foothill and
going up the hill is what we'll call the southern section.
It's defined by Des Voeux Road Central on the north, Ice House
Street on the west, Garden Road on the East, and the Lower
Albert Road on the south.
Landmarks here include the HSBC building, the Cheung Kong Center,
St. John's Catherdral, Standard Charter building, and the Court
of Final Appeal.
there are the rest - the area with the Hong Kong station with the
IFC 2 (second tallest
building in Hong Kong for now, as of 2011.4.2), the Central Ferry
Piers - where the new Star
Ferry pier is, and the Exchange Square towers. And then there's
the mixed commercial and business buildings and shopping area. The
start there somewhere near the Hang Seng Bank building. Of course,
I can't leave out LKF
Kwai Fong, a cluster of restaurants and bars.
Two hungry Teslas getting fed
One thing interesting for car enthusiasts: since Central is an area where the well-to-do roam, there's a higher concentration of
luxury sports cars. In fact one can often see Teslas getting juiced up at the
City Hall parking garage since it offers charging service for electric cars. I've seen it more than once.
So if you are in the area, swing by and take a picture with the machine that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds!
If you are into name brands, have your wallet ready. Central district
has a lot of name brand stores. And then there's The Landmark, a
shopping center in the middle of Central.
Night skyline of Central
District of Hong Kong. (The actual view is more beautiful!)
Sha Tsui promenade is where you can see this view.
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Hong Kong Central district map