Hong Kong/Eastern District

The Eastern district in Hong Kong Island is not as full of attractions as neighbouring Central, although Wan Chai is known for its nightlife and Causeway Bay for an unforgettable shopping experience.

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.

Get in

This area is so close to Central that it is walkable from Hong Kong's main transport hubs (except during the summer heat!).

By metro

The Island Line of the Mass Transit Railway runs along the north coast of Hong Kong Island, stretching from Kennedy Town in the west and traveling eastward through Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and beyond.

If coming from Kowloon then the Tsuen Wan Line passes Admiralty, from where you can switch to the Island Line very easily.

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. Make sure you take a tram that does not deviate off course from your destination. Sundays it is very uncomfortable to use simply from the sheer volume of fellow travellers. Note that the tram does not offer air conditioning, only fans and open windows.

By bus

Many buses run from Central eastwards to Wan Chai and beyond, as well as some cross-harbour buses connecting this area to Kowloon. If you learn to master the bus system, then journeys will be more comfortable since you will avoid running around metro stations and get a seat in a clean air conditioned environment.

By boat

The Star Ferry arrives at Wan Chai Pier from Hung Hom and Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. North Point also has a pier with frequent services to Hung Hom, Kwun Tong, and Kowloon City.

By taxi

Taxis are cheap enough if you want to get around in comfort. Hong Kong Station to Causeway Bay is around HKD $30 depending on traffic.

See

Landmarks

Museums and exhibitions

The monument erected by the Hong Kong government in 1997 to commemorate the return of Hong Kong to China.

Parks and nature

General

Do

Buy

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

Eat

There are many small restaurants to be found in Wan Chai.

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.

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.

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Tea & Coffee

Bars

Wan Chai is home to one of the territories major nightspots with a moderately seedy reputation. Leave Wan Chai MTR station 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. If you do go then they are unlikely to spoil your evening, although older 'madams' may try and grab foreign males to pull into bars! 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.

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.

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 glamorous 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?

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

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Cope

Go next

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Tuesday, September 15, 2015. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.