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East is a district in Hong Kong Island. It is mostly visited for the neighborhoods Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.

Many small restaurants in Wan Chai await discovery

Understand

Wan Chai and Causeway bay are the main tourism destinations along the eastern shore of the north coast of Hong Kong island. Inland, Happy Valley with its world famous racecourse is a major tourism attraction.

  • Wan Chai (灣仔). Wan Chai is much more than a couple of blocks of girlie-bars populated by drunken American sailors; after all, the World of Suzie Wong was just a work of fiction set in Wan Chai during a bygone age. Located between Causeway Bay and Admiralty, Wanchai has an inner-city feel that makes it an interesting but safe area to walk around at any time. Wan Chai has traditional street markets that, unlike many other neighbourhoods, are still outdoors. In the so-called wet-markets, butchers hang animal carcasses on large hooks that overshadow pavements and fishmongers have stalls with live fish that do their best to escape. Between Johnston Rd and Queen's Rd E are numerous alleys that are worth exploring if you are looking for traditional family-run shops selling anything from tropical fish to cheap clothing.
  • Causeway Bay (銅鑼灣). A shopping district that is home to large department stores, such as Sogo. Causeway Bay is crowded most of the time but here you can eat and shop until very late. Some major supermarkets and eateries stay open 24 hours. Times Square in Causeway Bay is a major focal point, especially at the 'calendar' New Year when you will be wise to stay away if you hate crowds. The area is also popular among Hong Kong's youth and is a good place to check out the latest fashion trends.
  • Happy Valley (跑馬地). Nestled behind the Happy Valley Racecourse, away from the MTR line, this district has a more laid-back feel than nearby Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Happy Valley was not always the happiest place to be. When the first British troops were stationed in Happy Valley the death rate from malaria was so high that, with typical British sarcasm, the place was dubbed Happy Valley. It is a popular residential area, especially among expats. There is a tram line circling the racecourse that serves the district. This area is also home to the beautiful and historic Hong Kong Cemetery.
  • The area further east, along the north shore is officially known as the Eastern District (東區). From west to east, it constitutes the urban areas of Tin Hau (天后), North Point (北角), Quarry Bay (鰂魚涌), Sai Wan Ho (西灣河), Shau Kei Wan (筲箕灣), Siu Sai Wan (小西灣) and Chai Wan (柴灣). If you are only in Hong Kong for a short time then you can safely ignore this corner of the island unless you intend going to the Museum of Coastal Defence.

Get in

By boat

The Star Ferry arrives at Wan Chai Pier from Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon.

By metro

The Tsuen Wan Line from Kowloon passes Admiralty. From here the Island Line passes through Wan Chai and Causeway Bay stations. The Island Line also runs through Eastern and will afford fast and easy access to most places. (Stations in this area: Tin Hau to Chai Wan)

By tram

The tram runs from Kennedy Town to Sai Wan Ho. The tram line trundles through Eastern as well and is a great way to see this part of town without too much effort or expense.

By bus

Several buses run from Wan Chai to Eastern. There are also some cross-harbour buses, including 102, 106, 112, 116, 601 etc.

See

Landmarks

  • Central Plaza, [1]. Can be seen from most of Wan Chai. Central Plaza was the tallest building in Asia from 1992 to 1996, and the tallest in Hong Kong until 2003. It is possible to tell the time by the changing lights on the top of this building. During business hours, you can take the lift from the ground floor to the sky lobby on the 46th floor to get a spectacular free view of the harbour and the island. Another option for a free is view is from the observation lift in the Hopewell Centre at 183 Queen's Road East. This is one of the very few round towers found in the city. This glass lift can be taken from the 17th floor and the amazing journey to the 62nd floor takes about 90 seconds. Once at the top you have the option to eat at the revolving restaurant on top of the building, or you can just head back down again.
  • Noon Day Gun, (across from the World Trade Centre, near Causeway Bay). Historic place deemed thus because it is fired every day at noon. To access the Noon Day Gun, enter the underground tunnel between the World Trade Centre and the Excelsior Hotel and follow the signs. Finding this subway is difficult and you might need to ask staff for directions. The tradition of firing a gun into Victoria Harbour everyday at noon dates back to the 1860s. It is believed that this is the gun referred to in Noel Coward's song "Mad Dogs and Englishmen".
  • Golden Bauhinia Square, (outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre). The site of the handover ceremony in 1997. Visit at night time for a stunning view of the neon lit skyline of both Kowloon and Hong Kong.
  • Old Wan Chai Post Office, 221 Queen's Rd E, Wan Chai (Wanchai MTR Stn, Exit A3), [2]. Now an Environmental Resource Centre, this building was used for over 70 years as a Post Office. This attractive building is the only declared monument in Wan Chai.
  • Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Rd, Causeway Bay (Causeway Bay MTR Stn, Exit E or take the tram), +852 3150-1234, [3]. Opened in 2001, Hong Kong's main public library looks over the playgrounds of Victoria Park. It is an impressive 12-storey structure that holds a vast collection of Chinese and English resources. Visitors will find exhibitions, WiFi access, plus newspapers and magazines. There is a souvenir shop and a branch of Delifrance where you can relax.

Museums and exhibitions

The monument erected by the Hong Kong government in 1997 to commemorate the return of Hong Kong to China
  • Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery, (Quarry Bay Park), +852 2367 7821 (fax: +852 3580-0498), [4]. M, W-Su 10:00-17:00. Exhibits firefighting stuff. Free.
  • The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, (at the harbour-front at Wan Chai, take directions from the MTR; alternatively, use the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to arrive at the Wan Chai ferry terminal). One of Hong Kong's most outstanding buildings. If you are refused admittance, you can take a walk along the promenade at the front of the building to find the place where the British returned Hong Kong to mainland China. Paved in cheap concrete, the modest plaza where the Handover took place in 1997 is home to two monuments; one takes the form of a giant golden bauhinia and the other looks like a chimney stack. The bauhinia tree is sometimes known as the Hong Kong orchid and has been adopted as the emblem of the SAR which features on the Hong Kong flag that flutters above the square. For the many tourists from mainland China, this place holds a special significance, so you can expect a steady stream or tour buses.
  • Hong Kong Film Archive, Sai Wan Ho, [5].
  • Law Uk Folk Museum, 14 Kut Shing St, Wan Chai (5-min walk from the Chai Wan MTR Stn), +852 2896-7006 (fax: +852 2724-9090), [6]. M-W, F-Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 13:00-18:00. 18th-century Hakka village house. Free.
  • The Museum of Coastal Defence, 175 Tung Hei Rd, Shau Kei Wan (15-min walk following road signs from Exit B2 of Shau Kei Wan MTR Stn), [7]. F-W 10:00-17:00, last admission at 16:30. Despite its dry title, this museum is worth a visit if you enjoy military history. $10.

Parks and nature

  • Victoria Park, (btwn Causeway Bay MTR and Tin Hau MTR Stns), [8]. Take some time to walk through it or to watch people play football on three fields. There is also a jogging track through the park. Victoria Park can also be reached by MTR Exit B at Tin Hau Stn. During the summer months you can use the public open-air pool in Victoria Park. The pool costs $19 ($9 kids) and payment can be made by coins or Octopus card.
  • Quarry Bay Park [9] is a good place to walk which provides an alternative view of the eastern end of the harbour, instead of the familiar one of the west. It also serves as a connection between SOHO east (a reasonably attractive restaurant and pub area) and Citiplaza shopping centre.
  • Southorn Playground (修頓遊樂場, 修頓球場), Hennessy and Johnston Rds (Adjacent to Wanchai MTR Stn, Exit B1). Amidst the skyscrapers of Wan Chai, Southorn Playground offers a scarce area of public outdoor space for football, basketball and has seating for those who just want to relax and watch.

Do

  • Horse Racing, [10]. Horse Racing has been taking place at Happy Valley racetrack since 1846. Happy Valley is particularly impressive during the evening meets with the surrounding skyscrapers lit up. Unless you know the right sort of people your best chance of getting into the races is by the public entrance. Entrance will cost you just a few dollars and you will have the advantage of being at ground level next to the race track. Alcohol, especially beer, is sold at cheap prices. Unless you like fast-food, plan to eat before or after gambling away your holiday savings....
  • Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (香港演藝學院), The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2584-8500, [11]. A venue for dance, music and drama.

Buy

The main department stores are in Causeway Bay (銅鑼灣). The biggest of these is Sogo.

  • Sogo, [12]. A Japan-branded department store. As well as the standard fare of international label goods (clothes, electronics, home furnishings etc), there is an excellent supermarket in the basement, which sells a variety of Asian foods.
  • Times Square, [13]. A shopping centre in Causeway Bay with an excellent concentration of mid-price range shops and restaurants. CitySuper in the basement is one of Hong Kong's upmarket supermarkets, with a food court serving a variety of reasonably priced meals.
  • Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Rd, Sai Wan Ho, [14]. A large shopping centre, also with an ice-skating rink. To get there, take the MTR to Taikoo on the Island Line.
  • Chinese Goods Centre Ltd, 395 King's Road, North Point, +852 2856-0333. Forget the westernised shopping malls and head for this Chinese-style department store in North Point. Here you will find almost anything you might expect in a large department store except prices are extremely competitive. If you are looking to buy gifts with an oriental flavour this is worth a try.
  • Chun Yeung St. A local market near the North Point Tram terminus. You can find traditional Chinese food, especially Hokkien style food there. There is a variety of household items, clothes and fresh food there. It is a bazaar typical of many on Hong Kong Island.
  • Bowrington Rd Wet Market (寶靈頓道).
  • Gloucester Rd. Pronounced as 'Gloss-ter' Rd, this street is famous for car showrooms where the rich will spend and the rest will take photographs of themselves in front of their dream car.
  • G.O.D, Sharp St, East Entrance, Causeway Bay, +852 2890-5555, [15]. G.O.D. is a play on the Cantonese slang for "to live better". Here you will find a range of designer gifts and household items.
  • Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay (parallel to Paterson St). An indoor street with shops and a range of western and Asian restaurants.
  • RC Outfitters (毅成戶外用品), 2F, Kin Tak Fung Commercial Bldg, 467-473 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay (Causeway Bay MTR Stn Exit C, next to Tom Lee Music, G/F is Luk Fook Jewellery), [16]. A good range of hiking and camping accessories, plus outdoor clothing at reasonable prices.

Eat

Eating out in Wan Chai or Causeway Bay is a great idea, but expect to meet crowds of people doing the same. Both areas offer a bewildering range of places to eat to suit all budgets and interests. Generally, Causeway Bay is a bit more expensive than Wan Chai and attracts plenty of young trendies who may be seen eating into the small hours. Look out for specialist dessert cafes and remember to look-up to see what is on offer on higher floors where you can find cafes with balconies that enable you to get a more relaxed view of the crowded streets below. Wan Chai also has some great places to eat and it is generally a little easier to find a table than in Causeway Bay.

You will find good places to eat in all parts of Wan Chai and part of the fun is looking around. A street not to miss is Star Street which is close to Pacific Place Three, which can be accessed via a subway from Pacific Place. If you arrive in Wan Chai via the MTR station you will land in the middle of the bar and drinking area where so many restaurants are geared to drinkers and tourists. Alternatively, head towards the Causeway Bay side of Wan Chai for a more local dinning experience.

Lei King Wan or SOHO East is an interesting place to go to wine and dine, often ignored by tourists. From Sai Wan Ho MTR Station, follow signs to Sai Wan Ho Ferry Pier. It is about a 15 minute walk. There are a lot of restaurants and pubs where you can sit at the sidewalk while enjoying your dinner. Shau Kei Wan Main Street East is where the tram terminal located. Many small restaurants, mostly serving local food, can be found along this street in Shau Kei Wan.

  • West Villa Restaurant (5-min walk from exit D2 of Taikoo Shing MTR Stn), Shop 208, 2/F, Cityplaza II, Taikoo Shing, +852 2885-4478. 11:00–00:00. Its signature dim sum is the cha xiu bao (叉燒包) or roast pork buns that is served steamed, fried or as rolls. One of the items is named "Big Brother Chaxiu" after Hong Kong's film star Jacky Chan (Big Brother) who is fond of its cha xiu buns.

Budget

If you are travelling on a tight budget, then Wan Chai offers a great choice of places, with the added bonus that the neighbourhood has plenty of character and personality.

  • Chiu Yuen (潮苑), 37 Spring Garden Ln, Wan Chai (Wan Chai MTR Stn, exit B3). Tel. +852 2892-2322. Small and usually packed eatery serving up a wide range of simple fare, but the crowd-pullers are the beef brisket noodles (a scarcely believable $13) and the homemade giant fish ball soup ($16). 10:00-21:00 daily, other branches are in Aberdeen and Causeway Bay.
  • Cooked Food Centre, Wong Nai Chung Bldg, 2 Yuk San St, Happy Valley.
  • 辣米線 or in English: Good Idea Restaurant, 238 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2520-3600. M-Sa 08:00-21:00. Great, spicy (if so chosen), mostly local food for a budget price and no worries about the hygiene because it is clean. The specialty of the house is pork chop noodles. Noodles $30-45.
  • Tsui Wah Restaurant (翠華餐廳)[17]. Clean and multilingual, this is a moderately priced cha chaan teng where even a non-Chinese speaker can easily explore. Aside from the typical cha chaan teng foods such as French toast, curry, baked rice, fried noodles, and Hong Kong style milk-tea, also try their famous fishball noodle in soup. Expect to share a table at peak hours.
  • G/F, 20-22 Cannon St, Causeway Bay, +852 2573-4338, 24hr.
  • G/F, 491-493 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 2834-3438, 24hr.
  • Cafe Kenon. Where affordable Italian food meets Chinese expectations. Shop 208, 2/F Tai Yau Plaza, 181 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai.
  • Tai Hing Roast Restaurant (太興燒味餐廳)[18]. A Cantonese BBQ eatery. Roast pork, roast piglet, BBQ pork, roast goose, soy sauce chicken are all hanging in the front display window, available to eat in or take out.
  • G/F, Shop J, Po Ming Bldg, 49-57 Lee Garden Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 2576-8961.
  • G/F, Shop 1-3, Cigna Tower, 470-484 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 2577-7038.
  • Loving Hut, Shops B&C, G/F, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd (MTR Wan Chai Stn, Exit A3), +852 2574-3248, [19]. Serving vegetarian and vegan fast food at affordable prices.
  • Hong Kong Dai Pai Dong (香港大牌檔), G/F & 1/F, Excellence Commercial Bldg, 456 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay (Exit C, Causeway Bay MTR Stn), +852 2838-3318. A modern recreation of a Hong Kong tradition. A mixture of traditional Hong Kong and 'western' dishes that will appeal to a wide range of people.
  • New Bangkok Restaurant (新曼谷泰菜), 366 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2575-8981. Friendly staff serving excellent Thai food. $41-100.
  • Zambra, G/F 239A Jaffe Rd, Wanchai, +852 2598-1322, [20]. Affordable Western food. Get you fix of fresh salads and use the free WIFI. Casual cafe atmosphere with free newspapers. $100.

Mid-range

  • Baby Blue Cafe and Bar, 3/F, Chuang's Enterprises Bldg, 382 Lockhart Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 2882-8770. Western food served to meet Hong Kong taste buds.
  • The American Peking Restaurant 20 Lockhart Rd, +852 2527-7770. The Peking Duck, carved at the table, is a speciality, best shared amongst several people. Also recommended are the sizzling prawns. Most dishes can be ordered in small, medium or large sizes.
  • The Quarterdeck Club, 1 Lung King St, Fenwick Pier, Wan Chai. +852 2827-8882. This is one of the few harbourside restaurants. Currently slightly spoiled by the land reclamation nearby
  • The Flying Pan [21] is on the corner of Lockhart Road and Luard Road. Look above Mes Amis and you will find the best place for breakfast and it's open all-day, everyday. This is the place where you can have a full-English washed down with a glass of lager at any time you prefer. It has an extensive menu catering for all preferences and a "frequent fryer" club if you want to keep going back. Staff are friendly and speak good English.
  • Kung Tak Lam, 10/F, World Trade Center, 280 Gloucester Rd, +852 2881- 9966. A delightful vegetarian restaurant serving Shanghainese cuisine. Hotpot, dim sum and noodles dishes are made with MSG free ingredients.
  • Chun Kee Restaurant, 117-119 Shau Kei Wan Rd, Sai Wan Ho (Shop H, G/F), +852 2560-6911. M-Su 07:30-20:00. Serves typical Chinese food from dumplings to Peking Duck. (No longer in business?)
  • Red Pepper Restaurant, 7 Lan Fong Rd, Causeway Bay (MTR: Causeway Bay). Szechuan cuisine; spicy dishes.
  • Pho Saigon, 319, Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai. Extremely good Vietnamese restaurant serving traditional dishes including Pho and Vietnamese coffee. Expect to pay around $120. +852 2833-6833.
  • Tai Ping Koon Restaurant (太平館餐廳)[22], 6 Pak Sha Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 2576-9161. Founded in Guangzhou in 1860, the three locations (two in Kowloon) have now become institutions of Canto-Western cuisine. Don't be put off by the touristy menu available in three languages, as the restaurant is very popular with locals. Some specialties are the Swiss sauce chicken wings, roasted young pigeon, smoked promfret, dried fried rice noodles with beef, and baked souffle. Reservation for a seating in their 1960-esque room is highly recommended.
  • Café One, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2839-3311, Open 24 hours daily. Fun & friendly informal dining from an open kitchen and an exciting buffet featuring a wide selection of Asian and Western cuisines.
  • Tony Roma's, Shop1, 4/F, W Square, 314-324 Hennessy Rd. International food. This branch has the advantage of an outdoor terrace that enables you to eat and drink above the noise of the streets below.
  • Under the Bridge Spicy Crab (橋底辣蟹), Shop 1-2, G/F, 414 - 424 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay (Junction of Canal and Jaffe Rds), +852 2573-7698. This has become a Hong Kong institution that is famous for its Typhoon Shelter style crab. People come for the food not the interior which is basic. $150-300.

Splurge

  • Fook Lam Moon, 35–45 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2866-0663 [23]. The main branch of an old school Cantonese restaurant group with locations in Kowloon, Shanghai and four in Japan. Famous for luxurious delicacies such as abalone, and swallow's nest. More affordable specialties include roast suckling pig, crispy chicken, and steamed lotus leaf rice.

Drink

Wan Chai is home to one of the territories major nightspots. Leave Wan Chai MTR Stn at exit C, and you will find a wide choice of bars, clubs and places to eat. If you are offended by the sight of money girls on the pavement outside of certain bars, then don't go, but if you do go, they are unlikely to spoil your evening. For those who are looking for a party atmosphere in a place where 'east meets west', it would be shame to not include this area on your itinerary.

  • The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, +852 3866-3444. A western style bar and cafe located in an attractive building that was once a pawn shop. It is situated away from the naughty parts of Wan Chai in one of the few historic buildings remaining in Hong Kong. It will appeal to visitors seeking a good range of imported beers and wines.
  • Joe Bananas, 23 Luard Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2529-1811, [24]. This is one Hong Kong's most famous and popular bars, and can be highly recommended to younger travellers. Drinks are competitively priced, and staff are helpful and friendly.
  • Devils Advocate. Popular with the rugby crowd.
  • Laguna. Domestic helpers tend to come here on Sunday afternoon (their day off).
  • The Bridge. Open 24 hours.
  • Old China Hand, Lockhart Rd. British style pub with a largely British crowd. A good happy hour and an extremely friendly owner from London.
  • Kangaroo Pub, 54 to 62 Lockhart Rd. +852 2139-3111. Australian sports bar. Has a book exchange.
  • Carnegie's. 51 Lockhart Rd. Rock music themed bar. Live bands playing occasionally, sports on multiple screens and a big screen, dancing the night away on the bar top.
  • The Canny Man, basement, The Wharney Hotel, 57-73 Lockhart Rd. Scottish style Whiskey Bar with a free pool table.
  • Skitz Sports Bar, 5/F, 21-25 Luard Rd. +852 2866-3277. Sports bar with pool tables, darts and big screens.

Happy Valley has a far snootier feel about it compared to nearby Wan Chai. If you are looking for a slower pace and want a quiet drink, Happy Valley has a few bars and coffee shops that might appeal if you are based in this area.

  • The Chapel, 27 Yik Yam St. +852 2834-6565. Serves curry.
  • The Jockey at the corner of Blue Pool and Sing Woo Rds. A relaxed British style pub that serves food. When the weather suits this is a great place to sit outside and watch the world pass by.
  • Jaspa's, Blue Pool Rd.

Causeway Bay is a great place for a night out, but there is no obvious bar area. Although this is the place to be if you are young and glamourous on a Saturday night, you maybe pushed to find a bar that sells a decent beer. Alternatively, why not go native, forget the alcohol and indulge in the hip cafe scene?

  • Inn Side Out and East End Brewing Company, Sunning Plaza, 10 Hysan Ave
  • Moon Garden Tea House, 5 Hoi Ping Rd (Take the MTR to Causeway Bay station and leave at either exit A or F.), +852 2882-6878. A calming location in a busy part of town where you can choose from over 70 types of tea and, for a price, enjoy the Chinese ritual of tea served in tiny cups. Food is also served.
  • Dickens Bar (Excelsior Hotel), 281 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay (Leave Causeway Bay MTR station at exit D1. Close to the Noon Day Gun), +852 2837-6782, [25]. Popular British style bar in the basement of the Excelsior hotel. A good range of drinks and serves very good English food.

There are quite a few bars and restaurants on Tong Chong St, Taikoo Pl in Quarry Bay.

  • East End Brewery, 23-27 Tong Chong St.

Sleep

Budget

  • Wang Fat Hoste (Hong Kong Hostel), 3F, block A, 47 Paterson St, Causeway Bay (Exit E from Causeway Bay MTR station, turn left out the exit and left again at Paterson St, the hostel is on the left), +852 2392-6868, [26]. This hostel would go out of business competing against any hostel in any European city, but compared to the prisons of Chunking and Mirador Mansions, it's halfway decent. Single rooms go for $250-300 and dorms run about $170. There is one dingy kitchen and a few refrigerators. The staff are brusque but helpful and honest, and there is free wireless and a single molasses-slow computer with free internet for hostel guests.
  • Yesinn Hostel, Flat B, 5F, Front Block, 294 King's Rd,Causeway Bay (Exit B from Fortress Hill MTR Stn, turn right walk about 3 min), +852 8338-6464, [27]. The youth & budget hostel in Hong Kong Island. Provide Mix/Female Dorms and private rooms for backpackers, young people, internship and budget business travellers who are looking for a warm, local, homely atmosphere and an affordable quality hostel.Private rooms go form HK$260 and dorms run from HK$99.
  • Sun Kong Hostel, 47 Patterson St. Block C, 6F. A few minutes walk from Causeway Bay MTR Stn (exit E). Rooms are small but clean with daily maid service. There is a communal refrigerator for roughly ever eight rooms. Toilets tend to block rather easy though. Double rooms run at about $300 with singles being anything from $130 with a shared toilet to between $200 and $400 with a private one.

Mid-range

  • Ibis North Point, 138 Java Rd, +852 2588-1111, [28]. This inexpensive Ibis offers really tiny rooms in a 31-floor high building. The view towards the harbour is rather nice. Rates starting around $400.
  • Walden Hotel, 353 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, +852 8200-3308, [29]. Walden Hotel is a 3 star Business and Leisure hotel which offers 54 guest rooms. Our well equipped bedrooms include a desk area, tea and coffee making facilities, LCD Television with satellite TV channels, full amenities, mini bar and free In-room Internet service.
  • Lanson Place Hotel, 133 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 3477-6886, [30]. Lanson Place Hotel is five to 10 minutes walk from the MTR system. It's 20 minutes away from Central by taxi, and 20 minutes from Kowloon by MTR. If you want to take a breather, Vistoria Park is five minutes walk. Some of their in-room amenities include an LCD flat screen TV, wireless broadband Internet connection, and a personal safe. As for guest service, they provide 24-hour reception, concierge service, business centre, fully equipped gymnasium, and food delivery service.
  • Wharney Hotel, 57-73 Lockhart Rd.
  • Cosmo Hotel [31], 375 Queen's Rd E, Wan Chai.
  • Empire Hotel Hong Kong, 33 Hennessy Rd.
  • Mingle Place By The Park, 143 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2838-1109, [32]. Located in the heart of Wan Chai next to parks, public facilities, shopping centres, historical sites and close to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel has a business centre. From $600.
  • Novotel Hong Kong Century (香港诺富特世纪酒店), 238 Jaffe Rd, +852 2598-8888, [33]. a fairly reasonable 4 star hotel located in the heart of Wan Chai.

Splurge

  • Metropark Hotel Wan Chai, 41-49 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2861-1166 (), [34]. The 4-star hotel recently underwent a multi-billion major renovation, representing a new and refreshing image. Ideally located in heart of the city, equipped with LCD TV and broadband service. From $450.
  • Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay, 148 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 2600-1000 (), [35]. A 266-room 4 star hotel with over 70% room enjoys a stunning Harbour View and the extensive greenery of Victoria Park. 24 hours complimentary broadband internet access and impressive rooftop outdoor swimming pool with splendid harbour view.
  • Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, (), [36]. Overlooks Victoria Harbour. Has a direct connection to the Hong Kong Conventions and Exhibition Centre. Host to the renown Plateau Spa. $3,500-4,600.
  • Lanson Place Hotel, 133 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 3477-6888, [37]. A small boutique hotel in a modern building with an old world European facade. Situated in a "less-busy" corner of Causeway Bay. Rooms $2,300-3,600. Suites $4,500-10,500.
  • Jia Boutique Hotel, 1-5 Irving St, Causeway Bay, +852 3196-9000, [38]. A 54-room boutique hotel designed by Philippe Starck. Complimentary in-room broadband internet access, breakfast, wine during cocktail hour, afternoon cakes, and California Fitness gym access. Some rooms with cooking equipment. $2,500-6,000.
  • The Excelsior, Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 2894-8888, [39]. A 864-room 4-star hotel in the centre of Hong Kong's shopping and entertainment district. Unobstructed views of either Victoria Harbour or Victoria Park. From $1,380.
  • The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 2293-8888, [40]. This 810-room 4-star hotel may not be brand new, but it is in the heart of Hong Kong's shopping and entertainment district. Great views of either Victoria Harbour or Victoria Park. From $1380.

Contact

Cope

  • Central Library. Central Library feels a world apart from the hustle of Causeway Bay where it is located. Its grand post-modern facade overlooks Victoria Park and is a statement of how seriously Hong Kong people take education. Many universities across the world struggle to provide library facilities this good and visitors often leave suitably impressed. Lending services are provided to non-residents upon production of either a residents Hong Kong ID card, or a cash deposit. It is well stocked with Western periodicals, as well as free internet access. Major newspapers from all over the world are available. There are public computer terminals throughout all floors. The working tables with internet access for your laptop start on the fourth floor. Either you bring your own LAN cable or ask one of the librarians to lend you one. Do not forget to bring a power converter for the power plugs to charge your laptop (visitors from the United Kingdom can use UK plugs in Hong Kong). The library has a souvenir shop and a cafeteria which is operated by Delifrance.

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