Life in Central Hong Kong

Where is Central Located?

Central (“中環” in Chinese) is located on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island and is right across from the Victoria Harbour. You will find Sheung Wan to the west of Central, and Admiralty to the east. To the south, you will find the Mid-Levels and Victoria Peak.

Central Office Buildings


Central is extremely accessible and is probably the easiest place to get to in Hong Kong. There are multiple MTR lines that have a station in the Central area, and there are many buses, mini-buses, trams, ferries, etc. that connect Central to other parts of Hong Kong. Central is a few minutes walk away from Hong Kong station, which is the station that connects the city to the international airport. The Airport Express from Hong Kong station will take you to the airport in just 24 minutes.


Since Central is the central/main business district in Hong Kong, most developments in the area are Commercial Buildings (one of the few exceptions may be the Four Season Place, the residence located inside the Four Seasons Hotel). Popular residential areas close to Central are Sheung Wan, Mid-Levels, Kennedy Town, Pokfulam, and Wan Chai. The Mid-Levels and Sheung Wan is only a short walk away from Central; Kennedy Town and Wan Chai is only a few stops on the MTR, and Pok Fu Lam is about a 10-minute drive.


It is considered that financial services, trading and logistics, tourism, and professional services are the four main industries of Hong Kong. Therefore, it is no surprise that Central is home to some of the largest global financial service companies and trading companies in the world. Both the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) and the Bank of China (BOC) have iconic buildings that are definitely considered as some of the most famous landmarks in Hong Kong. Other than finance and trade, Government buildings and consulates can be found in this area as well (City Hall, the US Consulate, the Japanese Consulate, to name a few). The following hotels are also in Central, Hong Kong: Four Seasons Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Pottinger, Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, Ovolo Noho/Central, etc. As an interior designer in Hong Kong, Central is a very interesting area in terms of commercial interior design.

Attractions and Landmarks

Central is full of landmarks and attractions. Some of the most iconic landmarks include the International Finance Centre (known as the IFC and is the second tallest building in Hong Kong), HSBC Building, Bank of China Building, and the Landmark.

HSBC, CKC, and BOC Buildings

The IFC and Landmark is a large complex that includes offices, hotels, and a shopping mall. Both the IFC and Landmark mall are well known for their selection of luxury brand stores. There are many places to shop in Central; however, stores close around 7~8pm, which is relatively early compared to the stores in Causeway Bay.

Lan Kwai Fong, also referred to as LKF, is a popular drinking, dining, and clubbing area among expatriates and tourists and is also only a short walk from Central station. LKF is a very small area but is usually packed with party goes during the evening on most nights.

Lan Kwai Fong