Hong Kong Island

Harbour Road

Many people believe that Hong Kong consists of only an island – Hong Kong Island – but this is not the case with many outlying islands and a large area of main land (including the New Territories). The island is the business heart of Hong Kong with a number of banks but also a number of interesting tourist activities.

Geography

The island consist of the Admiralty/Central area on the north side of the island closest to Kowloon on the harbour which is where you can catch ferries to other islands and the mainland (including the Star Ferry). You can access the Mid-Levels area by the Mid-Level escalator. On the south-west side there is Aberdeen a former fishing village but now a city in it's own right. Along the coast east of Aberdeen is Repulse Bay then the market town that is Stanley. On the north side of the island from Stanley is the Happy Valley area (with it's famous horse racing track) and Wan Chai (where the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is located – the site of the 1997 handover ceremonies).

Hong Kong Park

View in Hong Kong Park (SW)

Hong Kong Park (free admission) is located on the north side of the island mountains between Wan Chai and Central. It is home to wonderful gardens and a walk-through aviary.

Aviary (SW)

Bird (SW)

Getting Around

Taking the Bus (SW)

The MTR (subway) system largely only operates on the north side of the island between Wan Chai and Central (crossing under the harbour to Tsim Sha Tsui). The same is also true of the tram system. Transportation to other areas is generally by bus or taxi (Hong Kong Tourism has bus schedules).