Hong Kong Island

The north coast of Hong Kong Island is one of Hong Kong’s most densely populated urban areas, and along with Kowloon, forms the core of the Hong Kong metropolis. Tourists can get an excellent glimpse of the Hong Kong urban culture by following Hong Kong Island’s main thoroughfare, King’s Road, through districts like North Point, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, and the financial hub of Central.  One of the best things to do on Hong Kong Island is to take the historic streetcar, which runs slowly along King’s Road but will give you a leisurely look at Hong Kong Island’s main districts.

Hong Kong Markets

Hong Kong Markets
Hong Kong Markets

Although the best street markets are arguably found in Mong Kok, Hong Kong Island has its fair share of street shopping.  The Central Market, located at Queen’s Road and Queen Victoria Street in Central, was Hong Kong’s first food market.  In its heyday, the Bauhaus-style building housed hundreds of vendors selling everything from fresh vegetables and flowers to Chinese herbs, lucky charms, and souvenirs.  Although today it is mostly abandoned, plans are in the works to revitalize this historic Hong Kong landmark.  And while technically located on the Kowloon side of the harbor, the Lei Yue Mun Fish Market is a popular destination for fresh seafood, and it is accessible from the Sam Ka Tsuen Ferry Pier on Hong Kong Island.

Shopping in Hong Kong

Shopping in Hong Kong
Shopping in Hong Kong

Shopping in Causeway Bay is one of the most quintessential things to do on Hong Kong Island. Exit at the Sogo Department Store exit at the Causeway Bay subway station and you’ll see the streets crowded with shoppers looking for bargain cosmetics at Sasa, trendy clothing at Hong Kong chain stores Bossini and Giordano, and Japanese brand name clothing at Sogo. This area gets especially lively at night when shoppers get off work. During the day, get in some street shopping at the Wan Chai Street Market (located in an alley at exit A3 at Wan Chai station) for cheap bags, scarves, hosiery, pajamas, hair accessories, and other trinkets.

Hong Kong Island Attractions

Hong Kong Island Attractions
Hong Kong Island Attractions

In addition to the dense urban areas, Hong Kong Island offers several other attractions. Hiking or taking the tram up to Victoria Peak is one of the top things to do on Hong Kong Island. The viewing platform at the top of the Peak offers panoramic views of Hong Kong Island and an amazing view of Victoria Harbor, especially when it is lit up at night. Over to the west of Hong Kong Island, the Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan is one of the most famous temples in the territory. The temple’s huge bell-shaped coils of incense hanging from the roof are a very popular and unique sight.

The mountainous interior of Hong Kong Island offers many popular hiking and backpacking trails, and determined hikers can go on foot from Hong Kong Island’s northern King’s Road, all the way down to the southern coast at Stanley. Stanley boasts a large beach with laid-back cafes and restaurants, as well as the famous Stanley market, one of the best places to pick up souvenirs, art, and curios.

International Finance Center

International Finance Center
International Finance Center

When on Hong Kong Island, you’re sure to head to Central for many reasons: to admire the International Finance Center (IFC) for instance, one of Hong Kong’s most modern skyscrapers; to shop for brand name clothing at the IFC mall; or to access the Central Ferry Piers, which will take you to Hong Kong’s outlying islands. Right across the harbor, in Tsim Sha Tsui, you can find other attractions such as the Avenue of Stars and the Museum of Art.

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