Wan Chai - Central Plaza, Convention Centre, Gloucester Road

Wan Chai is a vibrant district, situated on central Hong Kong Island, bordering Central district to the West and Eastern district to the East. Together with Central, it is the district that has the largest number of skyscrapers and the most impressive skyline in Hong Kong. Wan Chai is the most central neighbourhood in the Wan Chai district, that also includes part of Causeway Bay.
Wan Chai is 100% Hong Kong, filled with a mix of crowded streets, neon lights, luxury hotels, cheap stores and restaurants, luxury hotels, wide roads, gritty streets, rundown residential highrises, well maintained parks, expensive department stores and tall skyscrapers! Wan Chai is filled with skybridges above trafficated roads. The southern part is very hilly and is sloping towards the mountains in the middle of Hong Kong Island. Gloucester Road, parallel with Victoria Harbour, is the most impressive one. From its skybridges you have really impressive views over the city! Hennessy Road and Lockhart Road are other examples. The most importants buildings in Wan Chai are Central Plaza, HK:s 3rd tallest skyscraper (that also offers a free observation deck), the huge Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre at Victoria Harbour and Hopewell Centre with its rotating restaurant and glass elevators. Wan Chai is also known for its bar districts, its restaurants and its wide range of different religious buildings. Wan Chai was actually my favourite district in Hong Kong, even though we just visited once. Don't miss part 2.

Harbour Road, Wan Chai Wan Chai 002 Wan Chai skyscrapers, from the left: Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, Central Plaza, Immigration and Revenue Towers Wan Chai 005 Harbour Road, Wan Chai Harbour Road, Wan Chai Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Harbour Road entrance. Wan Chai Tower, next to Tax & Immigration Towers Central Plaza and  Immigration and Revenue Towers Wan Chai 012 Harbour Road, opposite Central Plaza. Kon Wan Fire Station, Harbour Road. Wan Chai 016 Central Plaza  Immigration and Revenue Towers, China Resources Center Central Plaza Wan Chai 020 Central Plaza, the tallest building in Wan Chai and the 3rd tallest building in Hong Kong, tallest upon completion. Central Plaza has 78 floors, was built in 1992 and is 374m tall. Sky Lobby is a free observation deck on 46th floor. Central Plaza Central Plaza, at the entrance Wan Chai 022 Wan Chai 023 Harbour Centre Fleming Road towards the postmodern building of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Wan Chai 026 Wan Chai 027 Wan Chai 029 Central Plaza, the tallest building in Wan Chai and the 3rd tallest building in Hong Kong, tallest upon completion. Central Plaza has 78 floors, was built in 1992 and is 374m tall. Sky Lobby is a free observation deck on 46th floor. Central Plaza Wan Chai 032 Central Plaza Central Plaza Ground lobby, Central Plaza Ground lobby, Central Plaza Ground lobby, Central Plaza Ground lobby, Central Plaza Wan Chai 040 Ground lobby, Central Plaza Ground lobby, Central Plaza Wan Chai 043 Wan Chai 044 Skybridge at Cenral Plaza Elevator of Cenral Plaza View of Wan Chai from Cenral Plaza Hopewell Centre in Wan Chai, one of Hong Kong's older skyscrapers, tallest in HK 1980-90, and 2nd tallest in Asia at the moment of completion. It was built in 1980 and has 64 floors. This 216m tall skyscraper has glass enclosed elevators on the facade, and a rotating rooftop restaurant, as well as a rooftop swimming pool. Hopewell Centre in Wan Chai, one of Hong Kong's older skyscrapers, tallest in HK 1980-90, and 2nd tallest in Asia at the moment of completion. It was built in 1980 and has 64 floors. This 216m tall skyscraper has glass enclosed elevators on the facade, and a rotating rooftop restaurant, as well as a rooftop swimming pool. Wan Chai, View from Central Plaza Wan Chai, View from Central Plaza Wan Chai, View from Central Plaza Sky lobby on 46th floor, Central Plaza Sky lobby on 46th floor, Central Plaza Wan Chai, View from Central Plaza Sun Hung Kai Centre, Wan Chai, View from Central Plaza Harbour Centre, View from Central Plaza Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, View from Central Plaza  Renaissance Harbour View and Grand Hyatt. Wan Chai 060 Sky lobby on 46th floor, Central Plaza View from Central Plaza Gloucester Road, View from Central Plaza View from Central Plaza towards Citi Tower. 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There are many skybridges in Wan Chai, with impressieve views over the trafficated roads and the skyscrapers. Gloucester Road is the most impressive and "Blade Runner" looking road in Hong Kong! Gloucester Road.  The road was named in 1929 after Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Gloucester Road Central seen from Gloucester Road Police car at Gloucester Road Immigration Tower, Wan Chai 096 Wan Chai 097 Lockhart Road Lockhart Road Lockhart Road Hennessy Road Hennessy Road Wan Chai 104 Gloucester Road Gloucester Road Gloucester Road Kowloon seen from Wan Chai Gloucester Road Gloucester Road Gloucester Road Gloucester Road Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, looking towards Central. Wan Chai 114 Sino Plaza (left) at Gloucester Road Wan Chai 117 Wan Chai 118 Wan Chai 119 Wan Chai 120 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints (Mormons) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints (Mormons) Convention Cenre and Wa Chai Dispaly of a BMW "art car", Convention Centre Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is situated on reclaimed land on the harbourfront of Wan Chai, opposite Kowloon. It is designed by famous  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (who also designed Burj Khalifa) and it was completed in 1997. This huge building hosts more then 45 international fairs a year. Wan Chai 132 Convention Centre Convention Centre Convention Centre Convention Centre Convention Centre Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is situated on reclaimed land on the harbourfront of Wan Chai, opposite Kowloon. It is designed by famous  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (who also designed Burj Khalifa) and it was completed in 1997. This huge building hosts more then 45 international fairs a year. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibtion Centre by SOM. Some people thinks it reminds of Sydney Opera house. Convention Centre and Kowloon Aqua Luna old ship Wan Chai skyline with Central Plaza and Convention Centre. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is situated on reclaimed land on the harbourfront of Wan Chai, opposite Kowloon. It is designed by famous  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (who also designed Burj Khalifa) and it was completed in 1997. This huge building hosts more then 45 international fairs a year.