Hong Kong Island

The heart of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island is located in the south of the country. The second largest island of Hong Kong, it is considered a very diverse area. Whilst the north of Hong Kong Island is seen as the urban hub of Hong Kong, there are various mountain ranges located within the island. Not only this but also fishing villages which are home to generations of fishermen.

With eighty square kilometres of land, the island is split into several districts. These districts are Wan Chai, Eastern, Southern and Central and Western to name but a few. The district of Wan Chai offers a juxtaposed look at Hong Kong life; modern and sleek architecture contrasted with older residential areas and buildings. Southern district is essentially Hong Kong's seaside; sandy beaches adorned with palm trees where the locals of Hong Kong flock in the summer and on warm weekends. Causeway Bay is a more dynamic district with it being home to numerous shopping malls and with its own Times Square that can be closely compared to New York's Time Square. One of the main attractions in Causeway Bay is the vertical shopping mall, a shopping centre that is spread over nine stories.

Overview

The heart of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island is located in the south of the country. The second largest island of Hong Kong, it is considered a very diverse area. Whilst the north of Hong Kong Island is seen as the urban hub of Hong Kong, there are various mountain ranges located within the island. Not only this but also fishing villages which are home to generations of fishermen.

With eighty square kilometres of land, the island is split into several districts. These districts are Wan Chai, Eastern, Southern and Central and Western to name but a few. The district of Wan Chai offers a juxtaposed look at Hong Kong life; modern and sleek architecture contrasted with older residential areas and buildings. Southern district is essentially Hong Kong's seaside; sandy beaches adorned with palm trees where the locals of Hong Kong flock in the summer and on warm weekends. Causeway Bay is a more dynamic district with it being home to numerous shopping malls and with its own Times Square that can be closely compared to New York's Time Square. One of the main attractions in Causeway Bay is the vertical shopping mall, a shopping centre that is spread over nine stories.

The food on offer on Hong Kong Island varies from district to district. From international chains to traditional street food and high-end restaurants, there is plenty to satisfy almost everyone's palette. One thing that is a constant is the traditional oriental food on offer, from steamed dumplings to stir fry cooked right in front of you. Hong Kong is a stunning location both visually and culturally, and a real must-see location, thanks to the dynamics of the island and the strikingly different culture compared to western countries. 

Key facts

  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollar
    Language: Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese and EnglishApproximate flight time from the UK: 12 HoursTime zone: GMT + 8

Great for

Groups: Hong Kong is ideal for groups travelling as there is so much to do and so many opportunities to take part in tours. Hong Kong is very diverse, meaning there is something for everyone in a plethora of sites and activities.
Couples: Hong Kong Island is the perfect destination for couples to travel to as there are so many places to create once-in-a-lifetime memories. The Peak is a great location on the island for couples to visit and take in the breathtaking views and even watch the sun set together.Historians: With its extensive yet diverse history, Hong Kong Island makes a great destination for historians. The island is rife with culture and historical architecture just waiting to be explored. The Hong Kong museum of History is a great location in particular as it spans such a depth of history in a small space.

The Peak

With an elevation of over five hundred metres, The Peak is the best place for views of the harbour below, the skyline of this urbanised area with its spectacular skyscrapers, and further beyond to the mountain ranges. For any tourist this really is the best way to see the City and to an extent the island. Breath-taking views whisk the visitor away from the hubbub of the streets below and offer a unique perspective of the city. This destination is a must see in the day but should also be considered at night time as well. Once the sun has set the skyline looks magnificent, lit up from the city lights. With the 360 degree views you can be looking at the industrialised skyscrapers one minute then looking out across the sea to islands in the distance the next.
Address: Peak Tower, Western District, Hong Kong Island
Opening Hours: 7am - 12am
Cost: £7.50 including tram pass up to tower

Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is a boat which takes passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and vice versa and has been operating for over a century. The Star Ferry is the best way to see the harbour up-close and to see the skyline from a different perspective than that of The Peak.
Address: Different Ferrys depart from different ports
Opening Hours: Ferry times vary
Cost: Ticket prices vary depending on route and time

Tian Tan Buddha

On the nearby island of Lantau is the Tian Tan Buddha often just referred to as the big Buddha. As the name suggests, this magnificent structure is a giant Buddha statue towering to over a hundred feet. Made of bronze, he attracts both tourists and Buddhists alike. The statue is located at the Po Lin monastery which is also worth a visit. Although you can’t miss him, to reach the Buddha, visitors must first climb over two hundred and fifty steps. Luckily, there is a popular vegetarian restaurant to refuel those who make the climb!
Address: Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. 40km from Hong Kong Island
Opening Hours: 10am - 5:30pm
Cost: Free

Hong Kong Museum of History

The Hong Kong Museum of history houses an abundance of objects and items relating to the history of Hong Kong; archaeological, natural and historical. For those that have a keen interest in Hong Kong history this is a must see location and the same goes for those with even the slightest interest in the culture and history of Hong Kong. There are often exhibitions running within the museum and these usually adhere to a theme. This museum is the closest thing to taking visitors back through four hundred million years of history without time travel.
Address: Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm Wednesday to Monday
Cost: Approximately £1

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