Central part 2 - Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong Zoo, Conduit Road, Central Escalator and more

Central, the center of Central and Western district is where the heart of Hong Kong Island's business and shopping district is. This is where you find many of the tallest skyscrapers, most luxorious hotels and shopping malls. It used to be the center of the city of Victoria, a name that is rarely used today. Central district is bordering Admirality to the East and Sheung Wan to the West, and is situated between the Northern shore of Hong Kong Island and the mountains, that are taller then the skyscrapers.

Connaught Road is the most busy road that passes Central, but Des Voeux Road with its traffic of double decked trams and buses is the most appealing.
Statue Square (see part 1) is the heart of the city, and here you find iconic buildings as Bank of China Tower, HSBC Building, Cheung Kong Center, Old Bank of China, the historic Supreme Court, the Thomas Jackson statue and the historic building that now houses the parliament - Legco Building. International Finance Center (IFC) houses the island's tallest building (Hong Kong's 2nd tallest, also in part 1), the 90-storey Two IFC, as well as shopping malls and hotels, and the modern Hong Kong Station, a major railway hub. There are many significant skyscrapers in Central, such as Lippo Towers, The Center, Jardine House and Bank of China Tower with its diagonal lines, the latter two were both once Hong Kong's tallest building upon completion. The beautiful Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoo are also in Central . The Central - Mid-Level Escalator, the world's longest escalator system, takes you up to greater heights at Mid-Level, and passes by SoHo. There are not many opportunities to stroll along the coastline, but a huge project with parks and promenades that stretches to Wan Chai is under construction.

The Center is the 5th tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, 373m tall. This 73-storey skyscraper, built in 1998, is known for its advanced colour dispaly at night, with neon lights that changes colur frequently and increased towards the top. It is one of the few skyscrapers in HK that is entirely steel-structured with no concrete core. The Center is the 5th tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, 373m tall. This 73-storey skyscraper, built in 1998, is known for its advanced colour dispaly at night, with neon lights that changes colur frequently and increased towards the top. It is one of the few skyscrapers in HK that is entirely steel-structured with no concrete core. The Center's lobby was featured in the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises". The Center's lobby was featured in the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises". Plaza in front of The Center. Plaza in front of The Center. Plaza in front of The Center. These bull sculptures, symbolizing strong finance, can be seen in cities like Hong Kong and New York. Plaza in front of The Center. Central_2_13 Central_2_04 Tung Man Street. Sound funny in Swedish (means "heavy man"). Central_2_15 One of the beautiful double decked trams passing Central. Central_2_17 Central_2_01 Central_2_02 Central_2_18 Central_2_19 Central_2_20 Central Market. Central Market. Central Market. Central_2_24 Central_2_25 Lippo Towers from 1988. Originally built by an Australian, the glass towers are designed to resembles koalas climbing on the walls. The tallest tower is 186m tall. Lippo Towers, Far East Financial Center Conduit Road is a narrow, winding road that leads down from Mid-Levels. We walked along it downwards towards Central after reaching the top by the Central Escalator. Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is the longest escalator system in the world, over 800m. It begins near Central Market and The Center in Central, passes SoHo, Hollywood Road, NoHo and ends at Mid-Level, a fashionable district up in the mountains, 135m higher then the lower parts. More then 55 000 people passes every day. Central_Escalator, first, lower, part near Central Market.  Because of rush hour, the escalators run downhill between 6 and 10 in the morning, and uphill the rest of the day. It has been in operation since 1993. View from Central-Mid-Levels Escalator. Central-Mid-Levels Escalator. Central-Mid-Levels Escalator. Central-Mid-Levels Escalator, first, lower, part near Central Market.  Because of rush hour, the escalators run downhill between 6 and 10 in the morning, and uphill the rest of the day. It has been in operation since 1993. Central_Escalator_07 Central_Escalator_08 Central_Escalator_09 Hollywood Road seen from Central Escalator. Hollywood Road seen from Central Escalator. Hollywood Road seen from Central Escalator. Central_Escalator_13 Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is the longest escalator system in the world, over 800m. It begins near Central Market and The Center in Central, passes SoHo and ends at Mid-Level, a fashionable district up in the mountains, 135m higher then the lower parts. More then 55 000 people passes every day. SoHo, HK Island's hip entertainment and restaurant area, seen from Central Escalator. SoHo, HK Island's hip entertainment and restaurant area, seen from Central Escalator. SoHo, HK Island's hip entertainment and restaurant area, seen from Central Escalator. SoHo (that means South of Hollywood Road) seen from Central Escalator. SoHo seen from Central Escalator. SoHo seen from Central Escalator. SoHo seen from Central Escalator. SoHo seen from Central Escalator. SoHo seen from Central Escalator. SoHo seen from Central-Mid-Levels Escalator. Jamia Mosque near Central Escalator. Jamia Mosque near Central Escalator. Central_Escalator_27 Jamia Mosque near Central Escalator. Central_Escalator_29 Central_Escalator_30 Central_Escalator_31 Jamia Mosque near Central Escalator. Central_Escalator_33 Central_Escalator_34 Mid-Level, Mid-Level-Central Escalator's last stop. That means the highest reached level. Mid-Level is a fashionable residential district, where the rich inhabitnants escape the humidity in the lower parts of the city. Mid-Level Central Escalator's last stop. That means the highest reached level. Mid-Level is a fashionable residential district, where the rich inhabitnants escape the humidity in the lower parts of the city. Conduit Road is a narrow, winding road that leads down from Mid-Levels. We walked along it downwards towards Central after reaching the top by the Central Escalator. Conduit Road is a narrow, winding road that leads down from Mid-Levels. We walked along it downwards towards Central after reaching the top by the Central Escalator. Conduit_Road_01 Conduit_Road_05 Conduit_Road_06 Conduit_Road_07 Conduit_Road_08 Central/Admirality skyscrapers seen from Central. Conduit_Road_10 Conduit_Road_11 Conduit_Road_12 Conduit_Road_13 Conduit_Road_14 Conduit_Road_15 Conduit_Road_16 Conduit_Road_17. Where is the dangerous flashing flood!? Conduit_Road_18 Conduit_Road_19. Near the entrance to Hong Kong Zoo. Garden_Road_01 Admirality area. Garden_Road_03 IFC seen from Garden Road. Garden_Road_06 St Joseph's Church. A modern and colourful catholic church , built in 1968, at Garden Road. St Joseph's Church. A modern and colourful catholic church , built in 1968, at Garden Road. Helena May Institute, a beautiful colonial building at Garden Road. Helena May Institute, a beautiful colonial building at Garden Road. Garden_Road_10 Garden_Road_11 The Peak Tram Terminus at Garden Road. This building is where you can take the Peak Tram up to the over 500m high Victoria Peak. The Peak Tram Terminus at Garden Road. This building is where you can take the Peak Tram up to the over 500m high Victoria Peak. Garden Road with Cheung King Center. St John's Cathedral is an anglical cathedral on Garden Road. Completed in 1849, it is the oldest surviving western building in Hong Kong, and the seat of the archbishop of HK. St John's Cathedral is an anglical cathedral on Garden Road. Completed in 1849, it is the oldest surviving western building in Hong Kong, and the seat of the archbishop of HK. Skyscrapers at Statue Square near Garden Road, from the left: Cheung King Centre, Bank of China Tower, Citibank Plaza. Garden_Road_18 Hong_Kong_Park_01 Hong_Kong_Park_02 Entrance to Hong Kong Park. Hong_Kong_Park_05 Hong_Kong_Park_06 Hong_Kong_Park_07 Hong_Kong_Park_08 Hong_Kong_Park_09 Citibank Plaza and Bank of China Tower seen from Hong Kong Park. Olympic arena, Waterfall, Hong Kong Park. Hong Kong Park opened in 1991 and covers an area of 80,000 m² in Central. The upper part was the former site of the Victoria military barracks. Parts of the park is situated on higher levels with great views of the park and the surrounding skyscrapers. Hong_Kong_Park_13 Hong_Kong_Park_14 Hong_Kong_Park_15 Hong_Kong_Park_16 Hong_Kong_Park_17 Hong_Kong_Park_20 Hong_Kong_Park_21 Hong_Kong_Park_22 Waterfall, Hong Kong Park. Waterfall, Hong Kong Park. Waterfall, Hong Kong Park. Hong_Kong_Park_26 Waterfall, Hong Kong Park. Waterfall, Hong Kong Park. Waterfall, Hong Kong Park. Waterfall, Hong Kong Park. Hong_Kong_Park_31 Citibank Plaza and Bank of China Tower seen from Hong Kong Park. Hong_Kong_Park_33 Hong_Kong_Park_34 Hong_Kong_Park_35 Hong_Kong_Park_36 Water cascade, Hong Kong Park Hong_Kong_Park_38 Hong_Kong_Park_39 Hong_Kong_Park_40 Greenhouse, Hong_Kong_Park. Hong_Kong_Park_42 Botanical greenhouse, Hong Kong Park. Hong_Kong_Park_44 Hong_Kong_Park_45 Hong_Kong_Park_46 Hong_Kong_Park_47 Waterfall, Hong Kong Park. Hong_Kong_Park_49 Hong_Kong_Park_50 Hong_Kong_Park_51 Tai Chi Garden, Hong Kong Park Tai Chi Garden, Hong Kong Park Tai Chi Garden, Hong Kong Park: Memorial to doctors who lost their lives during sars. Tai Chi Garden, Hong Kong Park. Tai Chi Garden, Hong Kong Park: Memorial to doctors who lost their lives during sars. Hong_Kong_Park_57 Hong_Kong_Park_58 Aviary, an enclosed area for exotic birds, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, an enclosed area for exotic birds, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, Kong Park. Aviary, an enclosed area for exotic birds, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, an enclosed area for exotic birds, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, Hong Kong Park. Aviary, Hong Kong Park. A restaurant that we visited in Hong Kong Park. A restaurant that we visited in Hong Kong Park. A restaurant that we visited in Hong Kong Park. Lippo Center seen from HK Park. Hong_Kong_Park_78 The Clock Tower in Hong Kong Park. Flagstaff House, Hong Kong Park. A colonial building that houses a tea museum. Flagstaff House, Hong Kong Park. A colonial building that houses a tea museum. Hong Kong Park seen from a nearby road. Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest of its kind in the world, is open to public and has no entrance fee. We just walked in from Conduit Road. It is more like a very beautiful park with animals then a typical zoo. Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest of its kind in the world, is open to public and has no entrance fee. We just walked in from Conduit Road. It is more like a very beautiful park with animals then a typical zoo. Hong_Kong_Zoo was previously known as Bing Tau Fa Yuen. It is actually bigger then Hong Kong Park and contains more plants, birds and facilities. Hong_Kong_Zoo_05 Monkey, Hong Kong Zoo. Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens Hong_Kong_Zoo_09 Hong_Kong_Zoo_10 Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens Turtle, Hong Kong Zoo. Hong_Kong_Zoo_15 Monkey friends, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Hong_Kong_Zoo_18 Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens Hong_Kong_Zoo_20 Koala, Hong Kong Zoo. Hong_Kong_Zoo_22 Hong_Kong_Zoo_23 Hong_Kong_Zoo_24 Hong_Kong_Zoo_25 Hong_Kong_Zoo_26 Monkeys eat apple, not bananas! At least at Avarium, an enclosed area for exotic birds, Hong Kong Zoo.Hong_Kong_Zoo_27 Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest of its kind in the world, is open to public and has no entrance fee. We just walked in from Conduit Road. It is more like a very beautiful park with animals then a typical zoo. Skyline of Central, dominated by Two IFC, seen from HK Zoological and Botanical Gardens. SSkyline of Central, dominated by Two IFC, seen from HK Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Skyline of Central seen from HK Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Skyline of Central, dominated by Two IFC, seen from HK Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Skyline of Central, dominated by Two IFC, seen from HK Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Hong_Kong_Zoo_34 Hong_Kong_Zoo_35 Hong_Kong_Zoo_36 The Garden Fountain in Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical garden with the skyline in the background. The Garden Fountain in  Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical garden. Hong_Kong_Zoo_39 Hong_Kong_Zoo_40 The Garden Fountain in  Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical garden. The Garden Fountain in Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical garden. Hong_Kong_Zoo_43 Hong_Kong_Zoo_44 Hong_Kong_Zoo_45 British Chinese war memorial, Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical garden. Chinese botanical garden, Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical garden. Hong_Kong_Zoo_49 Hong_Kong_Zoo_51 Bamboo tree, Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical garden. Bamboo, a very strong material, is used for many things in Asia,  for example as scaffoldings for construction of highrises!