Central Hong Kong

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.

Central Hong Kong - Travel to see Hong Kong's Central District home of towering skyscrapers and a world famous skyline

Street crossing madness. I’ve become a master of crosswalk maneuvering

Central Hong Kong - Travel to see Hong Kong's Central District home of towering skyscrapers and a world famous skyline

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.

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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.

Central Hong Kong - Travel to see Hong Kong's Central District home of towering skyscrapers and a world famous skyline

Des Voeux Road Central

Central Hong Kong - Travel to see Hong Kong's Central District home of towering skyscrapers and a world famous skyline

Walkway to Chater House with the reflection of Jardine House

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 Hong Kong - Travel to see Hong Kong's Central District home of towering skyscrapers and a world famous skyline

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.

Central Hong Kong - Travel to see Hong Kong's Central District home of towering skyscrapers and a world famous skyline

A reflection of the IFC

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.

Central Hong Kong - Travel to see Hong Kong's Central District home of towering skyscrapers and a world famous skyline

Kind of a big deal

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.

 

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  • I would get so lost as well! When I was working in downtown Sydney google maps was my best friend.

    • I wish Google Maps was more helpful in Hong Kong. Sometimes it gets me more lost!

  • I absolutely love your pictures. I’m not sure if I would be able to live and work in such a busy district of such a megacity though. But it’s so interesting to see what it’s like!

    • It takes some getting used to being in such a giant city, but I love it!

  • I remember visiting Hong Kong and finding it so busy and over whelming. It rtuly is a buzzing city!!

    • Even after being here for a few months, I still find it overwhelming sometimes. But it’s an amazing place!

  • Wow! Definitely looks like a busy place! I bet the people watching is amazing (assuming there’s a safe place to perch!) 🙂

    • There’s definitely lots of spots for people watching. There are restaurants with terraces and rooftop terraces that are perfect for it