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Why Central is special ?
What to explore at Central?
There are a couple of particularly noteworthy shops in Central. Straddling the very centre of Central at the Des Vouex Road is the iconic Louis Vuitton shop.
Wrapped in glass and backlit in ever changing styles and colour, this is said to be one of the fashion retailer’s busiest shops and is a popular local landmark.
For a more local flavour try Shanghai Tang, an upscale fashion department store which specialises in traditional Chinese wear, from Cheongsams to Mao jackets, and gifts with contemporary designs. The brand has taken off in recent years as interest in unique Chinese designs has increased and its new flagship store at 1 Duddell Street is often packed.
The other large scale shop worth name checking is Harvey Nichols. The luxury British department store opened up inside the Landmark shopping mall in 2005 and Hong Kong remains the only place in Asia to have a Harvey Nics store.
Slightly different and a sweaty walk away above the streets of SoHo is Hollywood Road. This street has been famed for its antique shops since the 50s and these historic stores are still considered the best places to pick in Chinese antiques in the world
How to get to Central?
Central is a major transport hub for the city. Ferries, trams, metro, and buses are available at Central. The Star Ferry Pier is a main inner harbor ferry service. Its principal routes carry passengers across Victoria Harbor between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. You can find the MTR Island Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Tung Chung Line and Airport Express at Central. It is easy to take the MTR Island Line from Central to Sheung Wan and take a ferry from the HK-Macau Ferry Terminal at Sheung Wan to Macau. It is also very convenient to take the MTR to get to Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island. At the Exchange Square bus terminal, you can find bus 15 to the famous Victoria Peak, bus 629 to the Ocean Park and bus 6 to the Repulse Bay.
- “The beating Heart of Hong Kong”
- “The beating Heart of Hong Kong”
- “Historical buildings along hollywood road”
- “Main Street and Wall Street combined”
- “A maze of walk ways”
Central and Western District, Hong Kong, China
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As per its name, this is the centre of Hong Kong and can be reached by most types of transportation. It has a fine collection of buildings, old and new, including two of the tallest 25 in the World. There are plenty of iconic locations within this area (Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bank of China tower, HSBC building, 2IFC (of Batman movie fame), etc, etc). It also houses some fine old pre-WW2 colonial buildings and a couple of great parks. All this with thousands of shops and restaurants make this a 'must see' area.
A visit to central is a must and explore the area including the IFC shopping mall. There are actually two IFC Hong Kong buildings, IFC1 and IFC2, it’s the latter, standing 88 stories tall, that grabs all the headlines and dominates the skyline. Meaning International Finance Centre, the building is set on the shoreline of Hong Kong Island in the Central district and is home to the great and good of Hong Kong’s banking and finance industry, but also to Hong Kong Station and the IFC Mall, which links IFC1 and IFC2 together. On its door step is the legendary Star Ferry, which plies the waters between Central and Hong Kong. IFC2 is currently Hong Kong’s tallest building, until the builders put the finishing touches to International Commerce Centre across the water.Why Visit IFC Hong Kong: Aside from being a stunning skyscraper in its own right, IFC2 also affords breathtaking views across Hong Kong Harbour and onto the increasingly cluttered skyline of Kowloon. There are some great restaurants, both inside IFC2 and in the adjoining mall that take advantage of the views, while the al fresco, picnic strip on top of IFC Mall is one of Hong Kong’s best kept secrets.The easiest way to enjoy the view is from the viewing platform on floor 55. You’ll first need to register with security on the ground floor of the building, before taking the lift up to floor 55. The viewing platform seems to be subject to regular closures, so you may want to phone ahead.You can also take advantage of the restaurants in IFC2 and the IFC Mall. One of the best if Cuisine Cuisine, a cutting edge Cantonese restaurant at the base of IFC 2 with floor to ceiling window views over the harbour and one of the Top Five Restaurants in Hong Kong for Dim Sum. Alternatively, try one of the restaurants in IFC Mall set around its roof garden, such as The Box or Isola. If their prices prove as breathtaking as the views, pick up a meal to go at the City Super in the mall below or grab a sandwich from Pret a Manger and picnic on the roof garden’s benches.
Lots of outlets are at this large area and pretty nice Hollywood road with antique shops and traditional Chinese shops. Everything can be found here!
The business district of HK. Loads of people walking on the sidewalk, obviously a busy place. There are lots of shops- from bargain | souvenir shops on their alleys to branded shops on the streets.We took the train from Tsim Sha Tsui (Red | Tsuen Wan Line), got off at Central Station and started walking around the streets. Its nice-- entertaining to watch people as they hurry down and/or cross the street. Went to H&M and was completely mesmerized...bought some cute tops. TopShop is just across.Lots of food places as well.Visit this place!