Hong Kong Island rises like a glittering urban oasis on the Pearl River Delta of China, defined by modern skyscrapers, neon lights, powerful financial centres and a thriving street-market culture packed with cafes and pubs. It’s also just a short distance from the shopping and entertainment district of Kowloon.
Things to do in Hong Kong Island
Nightlife in Hong Kong City is famous across the globe, highlighted in the multimedia Symphony of Lights Show illuminating the cityscape from spots such as the Peak Tram. Lan Kwai Fong Street parties non-stop with nightclubs, live music and a tantalising string of food stalls and eateries.
Shopping on Hong Kong Island includes opulent high-fashion venues such as the International Finance Centre Mall, but local street markets are just as popular. Ladies' Market on Tung Choi Street and Stanley Market on the southern coast are local favourites, while tourists and international visitors flock to Temple Street Night Market.
Some peaceful spots on Hong Kong Island include Edward Youde Aviary, home to at least 80 species of indigenous birds and a lagoon habitat. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the 50-kilometre-long Hong Kong Trail, an invigorating way to see the island as it meanders through five different parks. For a glimpse of the city’s contemporary art scene, head to Parkview Art Gallery on Old Bailey Street.
Outside of Central Hong Kong City, you can visit the South Coast district for pristine beaches and ancient temples. The East Coast is home to the markets of Wan Chai and the ever-exciting Happy Valley Racecourse.
Getting around Hong Kong Island
Ferries, tourist boats and trams provide scenic ways to explore Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. In the Central district, buses and minibuses crisscross the neighbourhoods, but the Mass Transit Railway is the most modernised way to get around.