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Central Hong Kong: The Heart of Hong Kong Island

When it comes to naming the bustling areas of Hong Kong, one would point to Central on Hong Kong Island and the Tsim Sha Tsui area across the bay. These two places are always regarded as the iconic epicenters of Hong Kong.

Among these, the Central area of Hong Kong Island is located at the very heart of the island. Quite literally, it’s situated in the center, hence the name “Central.”

“The Epicenter of Hong Kong Island: Central Hong Kong”

The Central area of Hong Kong is, quite literally, the central hub of the city. It’s also where you’ll find the terminus of the Airport Express Line (AEL), providing swift connectivity from the airport to the city. This area holds such symbolic significance for Hong Kong that the terminal station for the AEL in Central is simply named “Hong Kong Station.”

“Skyscrapers Abound: Central Hong Kong”

In the Central area of Hong Kong, you’ll find an abundance of towering skyscrapers. It’s a district where a diverse array of high-rise buildings, which immediately come to mind when thinking of Hong Kong, converge. Buildings like the IFC (International Finance Centre) tower in conjunction with others such as the Bank of China and the HSBC building grace this area.

Additionally, this is where you can explore popular tourist spots often mentioned in travel guides, such as Lan Kwai Fong, Hollywood Road, SOHO, the Mid-Level Escalators, and Statue Square.

“Tall Buildings and Narrow Streets: Central Hong Kong”

Much like most of Hong Kong, the urban area in Central Hong Kong is densely populated with high-rise buildings, resulting in rather narrow streets. While Hong Kongers tend to drive aggressively, they surprisingly maintain a slow walking pace. This might lead visitors from Korea to feel a bit frustrated as they try to keep up with the locals’ walking speed. This is a characteristic feature of the Central Hong Kong area—packed with people but with many narrow streets.

“A Unique Mode of Transportation: Trams in Central Hong Kong Island”

This area is also traversed by the distinctive mode of transportation known as trams. Operating exclusively on Hong Kong Island, trams have been a part of the city’s landscape since their establishment in 1904. They hold the distinction of being the oldest city tram system in Asia, and they continue to operate to this day.

Trams in Hong Kong may have an aged appearance, but their exteriors are vibrant and adorned with various advertisements. Reflecting the present trends of Hong Kong, trams offer an intriguing sightseeing experience throughout the city. If you wish, you can also board a tram and experience it firsthand.

In Hong Kong, trams serve as a unique form of transportation that adds a distinctive charm to the Central Hong Kong Island area.

“Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Central”