Central Library feels a world apart from the hustle of Causeway Bay where it is located. Its grand post-modern facade overlooks Victoria Park and is a statement of how seriously Hong Kong people take education. Many universities across the world struggle to provide library facilities this good and visitors often leave suitably impressed. Lending services are provided to non-residents upon production of either a residents Hong Kong ID card, or a cash deposit. It is well stocked with Western periodicals, as well as free internet access. Major newspapers from all over the world are available. There are public computer terminals throughout all floors. The working tables with internet access for your laptop start on the fourth floor. Either you bring your own LAN cable or ask one of the librarians to lend you one. Electrical plugs are UK-style. The library has a souvenir shop and a cafeteria which is operated by Delifrance.
Can be seen from most of Wan Chai. Central Plaza was the tallest building in Asia from 1992 to 1996, and the tallest in Hong Kong until 2003. It is possible to tell the time by the changing lights on the top of this building. During business hours, you can take the lift from the ground floor to the sky lobby on the 46th floor to get a spectacular free view of the harbour and the island. Another option for a free is view is from the observation lift in the Hopewell Centre at 183 Queen's Road East. This is one of the very few round towers found in the city. This glass lift can be taken from the 17th floor and the amazing journey to the 62nd floor takes about 90 seconds. Once at the top you have the option to eat at the revolving restaurant on top of the building, or you can just head back down again.
One of Hong Kong's most outstanding buildings. If you are refused admittance, you can take a walk along the promenade at the front of the building to find the place where the British returned Hong Kong to mainland China. Paved in concrete, the modest plaza where the Handover took place in 1997 is home to two monuments; one takes the form of a giant golden bauhinia and the other looks like a chimney stack. The bauhinia tree is sometimes known as the Hong Kong orchid and has been adopted as the emblem of the SAR which features on the Hong Kong flag that flutters above the square. For the many tourists from mainland China, this place holds a special significance, so you can expect a steady stream or tour buses.
Horse Racing has been taking place at Happy Valley racetrack since 1846. Happy Valley is particularly impressive during the evening meets with the surrounding skyscrapers lit up. Unless you know the right sort of people your best chance of getting into the races is by the public entrance. Entrance will cost you just a few dollars and you will have the advantage of being at ground level next to the race track. Alcohol, especially beer, is sold at cheap prices. Unless you like fast-food, plan to eat before or after gambling away your holiday savings....
(太平館餐廳), 6 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay. Founded in Guangzhou in 1860, the three locations (two in Kowloon) have now become institutions of Canto-Western cuisine. Don't be put off by the touristy menu available in three languages, as the restaurant is very popular with locals. Some specialties are the Swiss sauce chicken wings, roasted young pigeon, smoked promfret, dried fried rice noodles with beef, and baked souffle. Reservation for a seating in their 1960-esque room is highly recommended.
Lanson Place Hotel is five to 10 minutes walk from the MTR system. It's 20 minutes away from Central by taxi, and 20 minutes from Kowloon by MTR. If you want to take a breather, Vistoria Park is five minutes walk. Some of their in-room amenities include an LCD flat screen TV, wireless broadband Internet connection, and a personal safe. As for guest service, they provide 24-hour reception, concierge service, business centre, fully equipped gymnasium, and food delivery service.
Historic place deemed thus because it is fired every day at noon. To access the Noon Day Gun, enter the underground tunnel between the World Trade Centre and the Excelsior Hotel and follow the signs. Finding this subway is difficult and you might need to ask staff for directions. The tradition of firing a gun into Victoria Harbour everyday at noon dates back to the 1860s. It is believed that this is the gun referred to in Noel Coward's song "Mad Dogs and Englishmen".
This hostel would go out of business competing against any hostel in any European city, but compared to the prisons of Chunking and Mirador Mansions, it's halfway decent. Single rooms go for $250-300 and dorms run about $170. There is one dingy kitchen and a few refrigerators. The staff are brusque but helpful and honest, and there is free wireless and a single molasses-slow computer with free internet for hostel guests.
Is on the corner of Lockhart Road and Luard Road. Look above Mes Amis and you will find the best place for breakfast and it's open all-day, everyday. This is the place where you can have a full-English washed down with a glass of lager at any time you prefer. It has an extensive menu catering for all preferences and a "frequent fryer" club if you want to keep going back. Staff are friendly and speak good English.
Block C, sixth floor. A few minutes walk from Causeway Bay MTR Station (exit E). Rooms are small but clean with daily maid service. There is a communal refrigerator for roughly ever eight rooms. Toilets tend to block rather easy though. Double rooms run at about $300 with singles being anything from $130 with a shared toilet to between $200 and $400 with a private one.
Take some time to walk through it or to watch people play football on three fields. There is also a jogging track through the park. Victoria Park can also be reached by MTR Exit B at Tin Hau station. During the summer months you can use the public open-air pool in Victoria Park. The pool costs $19 for adults ($9 kids) and payment can be made by coins or Octopus card.
Although not the largest computer centre in Hong Kong, this one is located above Wan Chai station with two floors of small shops selling computers, laptops, tablet, accessories, headphones, games and much more. It is also the easiest to get to on Hong Kong island itself. Some shops open from 10:30, although generally speaking it isn't worth to visit before midday.
Opened in 2001, Hong Kong's main public library looks over the playgrounds of Victoria Park. It is an impressive 12-storey structure that holds a vast collection of Chinese and English resources. Visitors will find exhibitions, wifi access, plus newspapers and magazines. There is a souvenir shop and a branch of Delifrance where you can relax.
(潮苑), 37 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai ( Wan Chai MTR station, exit B3). Small and usually packed eatery serving up a wide range of simple fare, but the crowd-pullers are the beef brisket noodles (a scarcely believable $13) and the homemade giant fishball soup ($16). Open 10AM to 9PM every day, other branches are in Aberdeen and Causeway Bay.
Clean and multilingual, this is a moderately priced ''cha chaan teng'' where even a non-Chinese speaker can easily explore. Aside from the typical cha chaan teng foods such as French toast, curry, baked rice, fried noodles, and Hong Kong style milk-tea, also try their famous fishball noodle in soup. Expect to share a table at peak hours.
The youth & budget hostel in Hong Kong Island. Provide Mix/Female Dorms and private rooms for backpackers, young people, internship and budget business travellers who are looking for a warm, local, homely atmosphere and an affordable quality hostel.Private rooms go form HK$260 and dorms run from HK$99.
Forget the westernised shopping malls and head for this Chinese-style department store in North Point. Here you will find almost anything you might expect in a large department store except prices are extremely competitive. If you are looking to buy gifts with an oriental flavour this is worth a try.
Wan Chai. A western style bar and cafe located in an attractive building that was once a pawn shop. It is situated away from the naughty parts of Wan Chai in one of the few historic buildings remaining in Hong Kong. It will appeal to visitors seeking a good range of imported beers and wines.
The main branch of an old school Cantonese restaurant group with locations in Kowloon, Shanghai and Japan. Famous for luxurious delicacies such as abalone, and swallow's nest. More affordable specialties include roast suckling pig, crispy chicken, and steamed lotus leaf rice.
Walden Hotel is a 3 stars Business and Leisure hotel which offers 54 guest rooms. Our well equipped bedrooms include a desk area, tea and coffee making facilities, LCD Television with satellite TV channels, full amenities, mini bar and free In-room Internet service.
Is a good place to walk which provides an alternative view of the eastern end of the harbour, instead of the familiar one of the west. It also serves as a connection between SOHO east (a reasonably attractive restaurant and pub area) and Cityplaza shopping centre.
Causeway Bay. A 54 room boutique hotel designed by Philippe Starck. Complimentary in-room broadband internet access, breakfast, wine during cocktail hour, afternoon cakes, and California Fitness gym access. Some rooms with cooking equipment. $2500-$6000.
A local market near the North Point Tram terminus. You can find traditional Chinese food, especially ''Hokkien style'' food there. There is a variety of household items, clothes and fresh food there. It is a bazaar typical of many on Hong Kong Island.
A shopping centre in Causeway Bay with an excellent concentration of mid-price range shops and restaurants. CitySuper in the basement is one of Hong Kong's upmarket supermarkets, with a food court serving a variety of reasonably priced meals.
Its signature dim sum is the cha xiu bao (叉燒包) or roast pork buns that is served steamed, fried or as rolls. One of the items is named "Big Brother Chaxiu" after Hong Kong's film star Jacky Chan (Big Brother) who is fond of its cha xiu buns.
A 266-room 4 star hotel with over 70% room enjoys a stunning Harbour View and the extensive greenery of Victoria Park. 24 hours complimentary broadband internet access and impressive rooftop outdoor swimming pool with splendid harbour view.
A Japanese department store. As well as the standard fare of international label goods (clothes, electronics, home furnishings etc), there is an excellent supermarket in the basement, which sells a variety of Asian foods.
Causeway Bay. This 810-room 4-star hotel may not be brand new, but it is in the heart of Hong Kong's shopping and entertainment district. Great views of either Victoria Harbour or Victoria Park. From $1380.
The 4-star hotel recently underwent a multi-billion major renovation, representing a new and refreshing image. Ideally located in heart of the city, equipped with LCD TV and broadband service. From $450.
Hong Kong. The Peking Duck, carved at the table, is a speciality, best shared amongst several people. Also recommended are the sizzling prawns. Most dishes can be ordered in small, medium or large sizes.
Pronounced in the British way as ''Gloss-ter Road'', this street is famous for car showrooms where the rich will spend and the rest will take photographs of themselves in front of their dream car.
Located in the heart of Wanchai next to parks, public facilities, shopping centres, historical sites and close to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel has a business centre.
Comfortable, clean and literally right next to the shopping action in Times Square. Breakfast has Western and Chinese options, with the Western options decidedly underwhelming. Internet is fast.
Causeway Bay, Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fun & friendly informal dining from an open kitchen and an exciting buffet featuring a wide selection of Asian and Western cuisines.
Amidst the skyscrapers of Wan Chai, Southorn Playground offers a scarce area of public outdoor space for football, basketball and has seating for those who just want to relax and watch.
Causeway Bay. A small boutique hotel in a modern building with an old world European facade. Situated in a "less-busy" corner of Causeway Bay. Rooms $2300-$3600. Suites $4500-$10500.
A calming location in a busy part of town where you can choose from over 70 types of tea and, for a price, enjoy the Chinese ritual of tea served in tiny cups. Food is also served.
Causeway Bay. A 864-room 4-star hotel in the centre of Hong Kong's shopping and entertainment district. Unobstructed views of either Victoria Harbour or Victoria Park. From $1380.
This is one Hong Kong's most famous and popular bars, and can be highly recommended to younger travellers. Drinks are competitively priced, and staff are helpful and friendly.
Popular British-style sports bar in the basement of the Excelsior hotel. A good range of drinks and serves very good English food, including a notable curry lunch buffet.
A Cantonese BBQ eatery. Roast pork, roast piglet, BBQ pork, roast goose, soy sauce chicken are all hanging in the front display window, available to eat in or take out.
319, Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Extremely good Vietnamese restaurant serving traditional dishes including Pho and Vietnamese coffee. Expect to pay around $120.
Now an Environmental Resource Centre, this building was used for over 70 years as a Post Office. This attractive building is the only declared monument in Wan Chai.
This has become a Hong Kong institution that is famous for its Typhoon Shelter style crab. People come for the food not the interior which is basic.
Overlooks Victoria Harbour. Has a direct connection to the Hong Kong Conventions and Exhibition Centre. Host to the renown Plateau Spa. $3500-$4600
International food. This branch has the advantage of an outdoor terrace that enables you to eat and drink above the noise of the streets below.
Rock music themed bar. Live bands playing occasionally, sports on multiple screens and a big screen, dancing the night away on the bar top.
The site of the handover ceremony in 1997. Visit at night time for a stunning view of the neon lit skyline of both Kowloon and Hong Kong.
A delightful vegetarian restaurant serving Shanghainese cuisine. Hotpot, dim sum and noodles dishes are made with MSG free ingredients.
A relaxed British style pub that serves food. When the weather suits this is a great place to sit outside and watch the world pass by.
Fenwick Pier, Wanchai. This is one of the few harbourside restaurants. Currently slightly spoiled by the land reclamation nearby
Great coffee a short walk from Times Square in Causeway bay. Coffee is roasted on premise and they have an outside sitting area.
G.O.D. is a play on the Cantonese slang for "to live better". Here you will find a range of designer gifts and household items.
Small coffee shop directly opposite Time Square. Entrance is really small so look carefully. Good coffee for only HKD $26.
This inexpensive Ibis offers really tiny rooms in a 31-floor high building. The view towards the harbour is rather nice.
A good range of hiking and camping accessories, plus outdoor clothing at reasonable prices.
Despite its dry title, this museum is worth a visit if you enjoy military history.
Ham, eggs, toast and Japanese milk. Very good for a light breakfast or lunch.
An indoor street with shops and a range of western and Asian restaurants.
a fairly reasonable 4 star hotel located in the heart of Wanchai.
Causeway Bay (MTR: Causeway Bay). Sichuan cuisine; spicy dishes.
Serving vegetarian and vegan fast food at affordable prices.
Serves typical Chinese food from dumplings to Peking Duck.
Where affordable Italian food meets Chinese expectations.
5/F. Sports bar with pool tables, darts and big screens.
A large shopping centre, also with an ice-skating rink.
Western food served to meet Hong Kong taste buds.
Friendly staff serving excellent Thai food.
Australian sports bar. Has a book exchange.
A venue for dance, music and drama.
18th-century Hakka village house.
Exhibits firefighting stuff.
Wan Chai and Causeway Bay are the main tourism destinations along the eastern shore of the north coast of Hong Kong island. Inland, Happy Valley with its world famous racecourse is a major tourism attraction. *'''Wan Chai''' (灣仔). Wan Chai is much more than a couple of blocks of girlie-bars populated by drunken American sailors; after all, the World of Suzie Wong was just a work of fiction set in Wan Chai during a bygone age. Located between Causeway Bay and Admiralty, Wanchai has an inner-city feel that makes it an interesting but safe area to walk around at any time. Wan Chai has traditional street markets that, unlike many other neighbourhoods, are still outdoors. In the so-called wet-markets, butchers hang animal carcasses on large hooks that overshadow pavements and fishmongers have stalls with live fish that do their best to escape. Between Johnston Road and Queen's Road East are numerous alleys that are worth exploring if you are looking for traditional family-run shops selling anything from tropical fish to cheap clothing. *'''Causeway Bay''' (銅鑼灣). A shopping district that is home to large department stores, such as Sogo. Causeway Bay is crowded most of the time but here you can eat and shop until very late. Some major supermarkets and eateries stay open 24 hours. Times Square in Causeway Bay is a major focal point, especially at the 'calendar' New Year when you will be wise to stay away if you hate crowds. The area is also popular among Hong Kong's youth and is a good place to check out the latest fashion trends. *'''Happy Valley''' (跑馬地). Nestled behind the '''Happy Valley Racecourse''', away from the MTR line, this district has a more laid-back feel than nearby Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Happy Valley was not always the happiest place to be. When the first British troops were stationed in Happy Valley the death rate from malaria was so high that, with typical British sarcasm, the place was dubbed Happy Valley. It is a popular residential area, especially among expats. There is a tram line circling the racecourse that serves the district. This area is also home to the beautiful and historic '''Hong Kong Cemetery'''. * The area further east, along the north shore is officially known as the '''Eastern District''' (東區). From west to east, it constitutes the urban areas of Tin Hau (天后), North Point (北角), Quarry Bay (鰂魚涌), Sai Wan Ho (西灣河), Shau Kei Wan (筲箕灣), Siu Sai Wan (小西灣) and Chai Wan (柴灣). If you are only in Hong Kong for a short time then you can safely ignore this corner of the island unless you intend going to the Museum of Coastal Defence.