A Day in Central


From Des Voeux Road take the tram westwards from Central and jump off outside the handsome colonial building housing Western Market . Browse among the ground floor trinkets, select a pattern from the many bolts of material on the first floor and enjoy excellent dim sum at the upstairs restaurants.

The streets around nearby Bonham Strand contain dried seafood shops, Chinese apothecaries, and paper offering shops. Head uphill to the atmospheric Man Mo Temple, then east past the antique shops of Hollywood Road, browsing as you go.

Break for lunch or a drink in one of the many restaurants and bars on the streets to the south (SoHo) or below Hollywood Road in Lan Kwai Fong.


Check out the fresh produce market stalls around the Escalator and Graham Street before hitting Statue Square , the Island’s colonial heart.

Choose to visit the up-market malls or for some peace and harbour views head to Queen’s Pier, or for altitude and a spectacular city perspective go up to the viewing gallery high in the imposing, needle-sleek Bank of China Building .

Quiet and shade are found in the nearby Hong Kong Park .

Colonial Relics

  1. St John’s Cathedral

    It may resemble a parish church more than a cathedral but St John’s, completed in 1850, is the oldest Anglican church in east Asia.

  2. George VI Statue

    In the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, the statue of King George VI was erected in 1941, to commemorate 100 years of British rule.

  3. Colonial Street Names

    Most colonial buildings have been sacrificed to new development, but the colonial legacy is preserved in many of the roads named after royals (Queen’s Road), politicians (Peel Street), military officers (D’Aguilar, Pedder) and public servants (Bonham, Des Voeux).

  4. Old Letter Box

    A few traditional green, cast-iron post boxes bearing the British Royal Cipher remain. There is one at the northern end of Statue Square.

  5. Former Military Hospital

    Broken into separate units – some abandoned – the huge, grand old building between Bowen and Borrett roads used to serve as a Military Hospital.

    • Bowen Road

  6. Hollywood Road Police Station

    Bastions of colonial law and order, the Police Station and the old Victoria Prison still stand.

    Colonial Police Station
  7. Flagstaff House

    Built in the mid-1840s, Flag-staff House is one of the oldest colonial buildings on the island and today houses the free teaware museum.

    • Hong Kong Park

  8. Duddell Street

    While not spectacular, the gas lamps and old steps of Duddell Street date back to the 1870s.

    • Off Ice House St

  9. Legco Building

    The elegant Neo-Classical Legislative building, completed in 1911, originally served as Hong Kong’s Supreme Court and now functions as Hong Kong’s would-be parliament.

    Legco Building
  10. Mission Etrangères

    The handsome former French Mission building (built 1917) is Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal, though that’s not an apt name given that the court has referred some legal wrangles to Beijing.

    • Battery Path

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