TRAVEL GUIDE: ZENTRUM, WESTERN DISTRICT, HONG KONG
On our second day we sailed with the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Island Central. For 113 years the white-green ferries have been sailing through Victoria Harbor. On the ferry the wind flows through your hair as you enjoy the view of the skyscrapers from the sea. Cost for one way: Monday to Friday: 2 HK $; Saturday and Sunday: HK $ 2.80. You can pay directly at the machines at the Star Ferry Pier. As a ticket, you get a plastic coin, which you throw in at the turnstile, then you're let through.
From the ferry you can see the Central Habour front and the Maritime Museum.
A walk along the pier is best recommended after the boat trip. The pier has many impressive facets. There is also the Observation Wheel, where you also have a great view.
After a short walk we walked to the Exchange Square, where stands the 420m high tower "IFC". Built to a design by Cesar Pelli, this is the tallest building on Hong Kong Island. In the tower there is a great shopping center with many different shops and restaurants. You can also go to the roof of the mall and enjoy a wonderful view.
The roof of the mall
Then we headed towards Central, past the Old Supreme Court Building and today's Legislative Councils with its columns and dome and Statue Square.
The Statue Square is a small island in Central with fountains, trees and benches – it’s a place to meet in the midst of Skyscrapers.
The HSBC Hong Kong headquarters and the Bank of China building is also right on Statue Square. The building was completed in 1990 and it was once the tallest building in the world, outside the United States. It is more than 300 meters high - more than 1,000 feet.
Hong Kong's St. John's Cathedral is the most important Anglican Church building and is the seat of the Hong Kong archbishop. It is also located in the Central district. It is the oldest church building in Hong Kong and the oldest Anglican cathedral in the Far East.
Not far away is Hong Kong Park. The "Hong Kong Park" extends over eight hectares like a small oasis in the middle of the urban jungle. Hong Kong Park can be reached on foot from Admiralty or Central MTR stations (Blue Island Line or Red Tsuen Wan Line). In the west of the park is also the station of the Peak Tram.
Then we went to the mid-levels Escalators. The Mid-Levels Escalators are the largest system of outdoor covered escalators. The numerous connected escalators connect the Central and the Western District on Hong Kong Island. So people can just walk downhill to work and uphill home. In the morning (from 6:00 to 10:00 clock) the escalators go down, in the afternoon and in the evening they go up. Incidentally, it's only one way. Every day, the mid-level escalators are used by more than 55,000 People.
Another highlight of the day was the PMQ. Check out PMQ for a unique shopping experience in the former "Police Married Quarters", a building now transformed into art, event, and shopping space encouraging and recognizing creativity.
On Hollywood Road is the famous Man-Mo Temple. The Man Mo Temple, or the scent of incense, the subdued light, and the deliberate, tranquil atmosphere are a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Hong Kong. Man Mo Temple is located in Sheung Wan, Hollywood Road 124-126. The nearest MTR station is Sheung Wan (Blue Island Line). You can also take bus 26, which stops right in front of the temple. open daily from 8-18 and the entrance is free.
Then we went to the Western Market. Western Market is an eye-catching building from the early 20th century and the ideal place to buy handicrafts, fabrics, clothes and collectibles.
We took a walk around the Western District and looked at the culture and the traditional Shops.
Last but not least, we settled down at the Western District Public Cargo Pier and watched the fantastic sunset.