The heart of Hong Kong. When you walk through this city, the impressions are changing every minute. And the central district of this mega metropolis is an attraction itself.
It is nothing less than the financial and business center of the city.
At the same time, as an emerging super-metropolis it is showing off with architectural masterpieces, which we want to introduce you today a little bit closer.
The article is about all the things to see in Central Hong Kong including street art impressions, some history and our personal recommendation tips at the end.
If you want to get an overview of Hong Kong in advance, you might want to check out our first Hong Kong Article here.
The Hong Kong Center
Strictly speaking, the district is called Central Hong Kong. Or Central District is also ok.
The Hong Kong Center is a building in Central Hong Kong. So todays lesson: Hong Kong Center is NOT Hong Kong Central.
THE HK Center is nothing less than Hong Kong’s fifth tallest skyscraper. The building, made of nearly almost entirely steel with a height of 350 meters and 80 storeys is truly an eye-opener.
Located at 99 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island, it impresses with its exceptional façade and decent track of pride.
Things to see in Central Hong Kong
Hong Kong Central is located on the southern island. There it is in the north, right on Victoria Harbor. The central business district itself is one attraction with all its banking towers and business streets.
Life is truly colorful here. You feel a great liveliness and quirks everywhere.
From countless small restaurants it steams and smells delicious and inviting. Hong Kong residents are frantically pursuing their daily routine.
Businessmen are talking on the phone everywhere, tourists are standing around in astonishment like pillars, their eyes usually marveling at the tops of the huge skyscrapers. The streets full of cars.
Horns, conversations and don’t know what – the noise level is enormous on closer listening.
But only if you consciously perceive it. Otherwise everything goes under in this overwhelming scenery and you become part of this seemingly endless bizarre journey.
For the sake of completeness, I would like to mention the architectural highlights of Hong Kong Central, at least by name:
- Bank of China Tower (367 m high, is considered a design object, impressive asymmetry of pure geometry)
- Central Plaza (374 m high, impressive lobby in marble, real palm trees and paintings, impressive light show after dawn)
- Cheung Kong Center (283 m high, at night a computer-controlled system transforms the tower into a unique light show)
- Exchange Square (188 m high, honored by Time Magazine as a particularly important architectural highlight)
- HSBC Main Building (178 meters high, the first of its kind in Hong Kong made of pure steel without reinforcing concrete, with $650 million the most expensive building in the world)
And the best part is that all these buildings are very close to each other and within easy walking distance.
The history of Hong Kong Central
In recent history, the entire South Island of Hong Kong was conquered by the British Crown in 1841. From then on, the island was nicknamed the “barren island“. In the following year, the island was officially awarded to Great Britain by the so-called “Nanking Treaty“.
Nearly 100 years later, during World War II, British, Canadian and Indian troops defended the island against Japanese attacks.
However, the bombardment of the attacking troops was too massive and destructive, so that after quite short battles the island fell into Japanese hands. This happened on December 25, 1941.
The day went down in history as “Black Christmas“. In the course of the conquest, the population of Hong Kong was decimated in the further course of the war, not least due to food shortages from the original 1.6 million to just 600,000 inhabitants.
Hongkong Central Street Art
Yes, there is street art in the hottest financial district. Granted, it’s not very big. But some, or at least one, is so famous that Instagram has some cult status as well. In the fairly steep Graham Street you can find a graffiti on a blue house. This is a brightly colored street art with abstracted blocks of flats.
As I said, on relevant social media platforms this is often represented with the #grahamstreet. The exciting thing is, through the steep rise you can make very funny snapshots.
Yes, we also did that. Et Voila …
It goes without saying that during a Hong Kong trip a visit to Hong Kong Central should not be missed out.
Due to its location, it is easily accessible from anywhere anyway. The many mentioned skyscrapers, the narrow streets and the colorful, hectic life allow wonderful snapshots. For Central you should plan about half a day. When visiting one or the other park or building, it can also be a whole day.
See you next time on the Hollywood Road in Hong Kong again, as always nice travel-interested.
Your central Hong correspondent Hendrik
Oh well, forgot – all photos are in the sights Hong Kong Central Gallery.
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