Who knew Island life Could be this Exciting
“Fast-paced” and “island life” aren’t usually found in the same sentence, but Hong Kong Island is certainly the exception. Located south of the mainland, visitors to this island are often taken back by the breathtaking views of Downtown Hong Kong from across Victoria Harbour. The northern coast of this mountainous island is home to the economical and political centre of Hong Kong, with modern, brightly lit skyscrapers that come to life at night. The southern coast is not as densely populated, and is home to Ocean Park, one of the largest marine-themed amusement parks in Asia. The list of things to do in Hong Kong Island are endless. However, if you want a true overview of this unique place, head to the highest mountain on the island for unforgettable panoramic views, Victoria Peak. The peak tram is a convenient way to reach the summit, which can be boarded at Peak Tower Station.
Become Part of the Hustle Amongst the Bustle
Getting to and from Hong Kong Island is made easy by a number of different transportation systems including a ferry, underground railway, as well as a dedicated road tunnel. Once you’ve arrived, you can rely on the well integrated Mass Transit Railway (MTR), trams, busses, and taxis to get around.
Shopping culture forms a large part of this city’s livelihood. You’ll be spoilt for choice with luxury fashion brands and electronic stores, especially in Causeway Bay and Central. If you wish to find all these stores in one place, head to one of the city’s largest malls, City Plaza. If you’re wanting to experience something a little outside the box, horse racing at Happy Valley Racecourse might satisfy your adrenaline rush. On the contrary, you’ll find peace and quiet at Man Mo Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hong Kong. You’ll know you’ve arrived by the smell of incense and the sight of locals worshipping at the altar.
Hong Kong Observation Wheel is certainly a newer addition to the city, and is a fantastic way to view Downtown Hong Kong. The air-conditioned pods accommodates up to eight passengers and will take about 20 minutes, a great alternative to viewing the city from Victoria Peak if you’re travelling with a little ones. There are also a few architectural wonders to look out for, including Bank of China Tower, Hopewell Centre, and Central Plaza.
There’s Plenty of Hotels in a City that Never Sleeps
From shared bunk beds in a privately run boutique hostel to extravagant two-bedroom suites in five-star hotels, Hong Kong Island is certainly not short on accommodation. If you happen to be looking for something in between the two extremes, The Harbourview Hotel boasts modern rooms, city views, and value for money. Also highly rated and well priced, 99 Bonham Hotel features a full equipped gym, rooms with floor-to-ceiling height windows, as well as a rooftop terrace for guests to enjoy sweeping views. If you’re willing to spend more on accommodation, Hotel The Landmark Mandarin Oriental offers exquisite interiors, a full-service spa, indoor pools and hot tubs, as well as the renowned Amber Restaurant. No matter where you stay during your time in Hong Kong, you’re never too far from the action.