The Hong Kong Island skyline, with its ever-growing number of skyscrapers, speaks to ambition and money. Paris, London, and even New York were already centuries in the making when Hong Kong’s gleaming glass towers landed it on the map as one of the world’s leading financial centers. We highly recommend booking your trip off season (we went in May) as you will get to enjoy this buzzing city in a more relaxed setting.
Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport in Hong Kong. It is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok and it is quite conveniently connected with the rest of the city. We highly recommend booking an airport shuttle through the Hotel or going straight to the Airport Shuttle Desk located in front of the main Arrivals Gate. Shuttles are departing approximately every half hour and are priced at around 50 USD per person. Passengers can enjoy a very comfortable and cheap ride to the Hotel on buses that are equipped with free Wi -Fi.
During our Hong Kong stay we were situated in a modern Wharney Guang Dong Hotel, a high tower in the Wan Chai commercial district. This upscale hotel is a 7-minute walk from Admiralty subway station and a 13-minute walk from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
The bright rooms come with free Wi-Fi and are furnished with a satellite TV, a minibar, and tea and coffeemakers. There's also a Cantonese restaurant, a Japanese eatery, and a Scottish-style pub (our favorite). Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a gym and a spa.
Wan Chai is one of the busiest commercial areas in Hong Kong with many offices hosting small and medium-sized companies. A few blocks away from Wan Chai's new office buildings are crowded alleys where you can still experience old Hong Kong and stumble across a wet market, a tiny furniture-maker's shop, an age-old temple, and yes, the strip clubs, dive bars, and gambling dens that have long made the quarter popular with denizens of the night. Like all of Hong Kong, Wan Chai is quite safe after dark, but single women strolling the streets in the wee hours might get unwanted attention from groups of drunken tourists. The area is famous for being the ''Red Light District of Hong Kong'', however, this is far from a red light district Amsterdam or other big cities. There are only a few strip clubs in operation, posing no threat or inconvenience to tourists staying in the area. There are plenty of modern bars and hang out places that surround these discrete clubs. Wan Chai is situated only 10 min drive from Central Pier station as well as walking distance from Victoria's Peak and Hong Kong Islands shopping district. Highly recommended if you are looking for a cheaper option of stay in the very heart of Hong Kong!
Victoria's Peak or simple The Peak
While in Hong Kong, we highly recommend visiting the . Riding The Peak Tram is the quickest and most scenic way to arrive at The Peak. The Peak Tram Lower Terminus is easily reachable by foot from the MTR in Central or by public transportation. We traveled by foot as it was not too far from Wan Chai district. Standing at 552m, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The Peak is also one of the most visited spots by tourists in Hong Kong, and it’s not hard to see why. Sweeping views of the vibrant metropolis, verdant woods, easy but spectacular walks – all reachable in just eight minutes from Central by Hong Kong’s earliest form of transport. The Peak Tram departs the lower terminal every 10-15 minutes . Tickets for the tram are 5-6 USD per person.
The Peak is perfect for early morning walks as it is surrounded by natural forest and greenery. Once up at The Peak make sure to visit The Trick Eye Museum especially if you are traveling with kids!
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