Hong Kong Island
Popularly referred to as the "Island side", Hong Kong Island is in the southern part of Hong Kong and considered as the second-largest island of the territory – the largest being Lantau. Its population of around 1.3 million inhabitants (which makes up 19% of that of Hong Kong’s) is housed by its 80.5km 2 land area separated from Kowloon Peninsula and New Territories. The northern coast of the island forms the southern shore of Victoria Harbour. Home to major attractions such as the Central District, Hong Kong Park, Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Ocean Park, Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo, Aberdeen, exhibition centers, and large shopping centers, the island abounds with rich history, having been occupied by the United Kingdom in the First Opium War in 1842.
Hong Kong Island together with Kowloon forms Hong Kong’s core metropolitan area. Business trips, shopping sprees, and entertainment-filled excursions are all found in these parts of the island respectively: Central District (Hong Kong’s main financial and business district), Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay. On the other hand, more relaxed and laid back voyages bring travellers to the Southern District, where Repulse bay and Stanley are located. It is in these places where you can find more casual cafes and markets, as well as fine beaches. In addition, hikers are welcomed by the mountain ranges in this island as well.
Fasting is hard to do here because Hong Kong Island has food districts that make you crave for even more to eat. In Central, Chinese cuisine is common, alongside restaurants from the around the world. SoHo is dotted with restaurants you can classify under mid-ranged up to luxury level. Drinkers, clubbers, and party people will find Lan Kwai Fong interesting with its huge variety of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), international food, and popular music. Whatever kind of person you are, a variety of restaurants are available for you to try in Hong Kong Island, with prices to match your budget.
Getting around Hong Kong Island is easy, as safe and convenient transport systems are found in every district. The Island Line of the MTR services Hong Kong Island exclusively from West to East. Hong Kong Tramways run from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan (Western part of the island) with links from Causeway Bay to Happy Valley and Central District to Victoria Peak respectively. Going to and from Kowloon Peninsula to other parts of Hong Kong is convenient too because Hong Kong Island is connected to Kowloon by two-road tunnels, namely the Cross-Harbour Tunnel and the Western Harbour Tunnel, two MTR railway tunnels named Tsuen Wan Line and Tung Chung Line, and one combined road and MTR rail (Tseung Kwan O Line) link tunnel. Taxis, Trams (most famous is the Peak Tram) and buses are additional modes of transport which can bring you to many travel destinations within Hong Kong island.