From Brantley Turner Bradley of China Prep:
“Central and the lower mid-levels is really a combination of tall buildings, millions of office workers, designer label shopping, amazingly green parks and one of Hong Kong’s best flat hiking trails. Hong Kong invented multi-level retail with the addition of pedestrian footpaths on the first floor level of many of the big buildings in Central. This is a blessing in bad weather.
Highlights of the area include:
Award-winning modern architecture includes Sir Norman Foster’s Hong Kong Shanghai Bank building (HSBC), I.M. Pei’s Bank of China building and Cesar Pelli’s 88-story International Finance Center (IFCII).
Small pieces of old Hong Kong are also hidden in Central, including the Hong Kong side entrance to the Star Ferry which can be reached from Statue Square pedestrian underpass, the former French Mission and now Hong Kong’s Court of final appeal; the wonderful t. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, which is the only property “owned directly” in Hong Kong and not on a lease; the former ‘ice house,’ which housed giant blocks of ice and is now the Foreign Correspondent’s Club(FCC).
Hong Kong Park stretches from Pacific Place to Western District and houses the Tea Ware Museum, exotic birds from around Asia and the world’s loudest mammals…the gibbons.”