Even though I used to work in Hong Kong’s Central Business District, when I returned to Hong Kong this year I still initially managed to get very lost (surprise!) exploring Central Hong Kong.
Central is a relatively large area, but even in the close vicinity of my old office I was overwhelmed and confused. There was definitely some culture shock going from Verbier’s snow covered chalets to Hong Kong’s crowds and towering skyscrapers.
One of the things that takes a bit of navigation is that many buildings and areas in Hong Kong are connected by walkways over the streets. It protects pedestrians from Hong Kong’s busy roads and keeps traffic on the street flowing. Plus when it’s pouring rain or the sun is blaring hot, you get some cover from nature.
Although the walkways have signs, I’ve found many of Hong Kong’s signs can be confusing or not clear enough (even though they’re all in English). Plus Google Maps is of little to no help since not only can the app not tell if you’re on the above ground walkway or on the street, but it doesn’t even know an above ground walkway exists. Luckily I’m now much more familiar now with the walkways and bridges.
While I’ve shown you a couple of Hong Kong’s beaches and a bit of it’s “natural” side, Central definitely reflects Hong Kong’s concrete (and glass) jungle.
Most of the buildings are offices for financial services firms and filled with shops as well. With the combination of high end shopping and banking, there’s certainly lots of money flowing through Central and it’s always bustling with tourists, businessmen, and shoppers.
Central’s most famous building is likely the International Finance Centre (IFC). The 2nd tallest building in Hong Kong, you might remember it because of
my internship Batman.
Although the International Commerce Centre ICC is technically taller now, the IFC is still massive. From up close it was impossible to get a photo to see the top of the building. I settled for capturing it’s reflection in the building across the way before heading towards the harbour to get a full view.
I’m so lucky that I get to work each morning in one of the world’s key international business districts. Central is massive and although the crowds and the upcoming summer heat are a bit of a deterrent, I can’t wait to explore more.