Walking around Central, Hong Kong

9 Mar

I recently went on a quick work related trip to Hong Kong, which though very short in time gave me an opportunity to explore some beautiful nooks and corners of this island of numerous contrasts.

On my first day here I was running from one meeting to another all over the Central area, and came across some very interesting sights (which I would have never come to otherwise). This area is a mix of modern high-rise glass facade buildings and some buildings and monuments with old colonial architecture and gardens interspersed in between. Since Central is more of a CBD area and not much of a touristy place, there were no tourists around and I only had to share these places with a few people taking a break from work. This is my short photo essay on this walk.

I started my own walking tour from the Legislative Council Building or the Old Supreme Court Building. This building was designed by the same architect who designed a portion of Buckingham Palace and was opened in 1912. Today, it is the working chambers of the city’s small, partially elected legislature council.

Legislative Council Building (Old Supreme Court Building), Central Hong Kong

Legislative Council Building (Old Supreme Court Building), Central Hong Kong

Across this building, is the HSBC headquarters which is a Norman Foster design completed in 1985 and beyond that is the iconic Bank of China building, a 70-story structure of glass prisms (you see this structure in numerous pictures of Hong Kong). There are also high-end shopping malls at the base of many of the buildings around here.

High End Shopping Malls, Central

High End Shopping Malls, Central

Continuing from here, I reached the Chater Gardens. This is a small beautiful public park with some nice open spaces, uniquely designed fountains, seating spaces  and some monuments.

A Monument across the Legislative Council Building

A Monument across the Legislative Council Building

A water fountain, Chater Gardens

A water fountain, Chater Gardens

Chater Garden

Chater Garden

Charter Garden

Charter Garden

Lovely seating, Chater Garden

Lovely seating, Chater Garden

Fountains around Chater Garden

Fountains around Chater Garden

Towards the end of this road is the way to the Peak Tram station.

Peak Tram station

Peak Tram station

All around here you also see these old trams that give Hong Kong an old world charm.

Trams, Hong Kong

Trams, Hong Kong

This is a small snapshot of my limited time spent walking aimlessly around Hong Kong. I’ll definitely explore this area more on my next trip here 🙂

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15 Responses to “Walking around Central, Hong Kong”

  1. Victor Ho March 10, 2013 at 13:20 #

    Snigdha
    Thanks for dropping in on my blog. It’s so lucky that you get to travel to so many interesting places. All the best.

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    • getsetandgo March 10, 2013 at 22:29 #

      Thanks Victor. I love traveling and hence am constantly saving for my next trip 🙂

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  2. cyndichan March 10, 2013 at 19:57 #

    Thanks for liking my press about mile.stone! How true that traveling is really about get set and go. Sometimes, when we think too much, we miss that plane, boat, bus…

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    • cyndichan March 10, 2013 at 19:59 #

      Opps. Should be press about holm home 🙂

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    • getsetandgo March 10, 2013 at 22:30 #

      I so agree with you. If I am not able to travel anywhere for 3 months in a row, then I start feeling every unsettled 🙂 Hence I am constantly on the lookout for another trip 🙂

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  3. aglobalaffair March 10, 2013 at 20:36 #

    You packed in quite a bit in your limited time. Of course, given more time, it is awesome to window shop and snack along in Central as well. Looking forward to your posts from your next visit to one of our most favorite cities.

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    • getsetandgo March 10, 2013 at 22:31 #

      I know. I wished I had the time to explore more here and hence plan to visit for a holiday soon 🙂

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      • aglobalaffair March 10, 2013 at 22:33 #

        It’s awesome to hear your perspective and I really enjoy discovering India through your lens as well.

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      • getsetandgo March 11, 2013 at 13:53 #

        Thanks aglobalaffair 🙂 Let me know if you ever need help planning a trip to India

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      • aglobalaffair March 11, 2013 at 15:55 #

        Will do. And thanks so much for the offer:)

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  4. thefreakartist March 12, 2013 at 12:00 #

    thanks the like. love the photos especially the first one

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  5. Dianne Aquino March 24, 2013 at 20:55 #

    It’s fun what you do here 🙂 thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoy your posts and excited to read more. I remember walking in Central Hong Kong last year, your pictures brought me back to those memories 🙂

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