It was already dark when we arrived at our hotel yesterday evening, but the view from the window looked exciting. This morning revealed the view in its true splendour, with this sweeping panorama all the way from the western parts of Kowloon round to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong’s Central district…

I’m so pleased we chose the Ibis Hotel as our main base for the holiday. Quick to get to from the airport, spectacular views from the room, and well-connected with a ‘ding-ding’ tram stop right outside.

We spent our first day exploring our immediate environment, from Sheung Wan and all of its strange Chinese dried food stores through to the Central District’s international lifestyle. The mid-levels series of escalators ferry workers downhill in the morning, until 10am when they change direction and run uphill for the rest of the day. We went all the way to the top, then explored our way back down again on foot.

On Caine Road, not far from the escalators, we discovered the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Museum. Cheap admission at HK$10 each (less than £1) to this preserved colonial-style building, and a really interesting exhibition detailing his role in the formation of modern day China, transitioning from the Emperor dynasties to today’s People’s Republic.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Museum, Caine Road, Central
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Museum, Caine Road, Central

Continuing downhill to Central eventually brought us to the International Finance Centre shopping mall at the base of IFC2 and IFC1, two of the most recognisable towers on the Hong Kong skyline. The roof of the shopping mall features a food court with several restaurants, and an excellent viewpoint of the harbour.

Back up the escalators in the evening, for a bite to eat and some people watching at one of the bars we had spotted earlier in the day…

Staunton's Wine Bar & Cafe, on the corner of Staunton Street and Shelley Street escalator
Staunton’s Wine Bar & Cafe, on the corner of Staunton Street and Shelley Street escalator

And finally a quick ride on the Star Ferry across to the Kowloon side and back, to see the Hong Kong skyline illuminated at night.