CENTRAL & WESTERN

Hong Kong’s reputation as a cutthroat financial hub – a city that never sleeps, where the buildings really scrape the sky – is in large part thanks to Central. Many of the features that have cemented Hong Kong as a financial force to be reckoned with are concentrated here, where countless international banks, law firms, and financial corporations are headquartered. It’s home to the Hong Kong Exchange, various consulates, and perhaps most importantly, the building where Batman jumped off in The Dark Knight (IFC 2, in case you’re wondering). Proving that they play just as hard as they work, Hongkongers pour into the glitzy nightlife district of Lan Kwai Fong in the evenings, partying into the wee hours. A slower pace of life can be found a short tram ride away, in the district’s rapidly gentrifying Western area comprising Sheung Wan, Kennedy Town, Sai Ying Pun, and Shek Tong Shui. While the Western neighbourhoods have been traditionally occupied by Chinese residents, their rich history, convenient location, and recently opened MTR stations have attracted a growing population of young expats from all over the world. Art and culture can be found everywhere, from traditional Chinese shops selling porcelain and custom-made wax seals, to the countless exhibitions that are on at any given moment. Amazing architecture is aplenty in the Western District, with protected historical buildings taking the form of churches, temples, and former hospitals and fire stations.
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