Top 10 Things To Do And See In Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Island

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Hong Kong © cliff hellis | Flickr
Lavanya Nair

The Mid-Levels region in Hong Kong (also referred to as the ‘half mountain’) is located in the Central & Western District and showcases spectacular views of the Victoria Harbor. Here’s a list of ten things to do and see while in Mid-Levels Hong Kong.

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1. Causeway Bay

Market

One of the most diverse shopping districts in Mid-Levels Hong, the Causeway Bay boasts a vast range of shops in all niches such as funky boutiques, trendy street markets and marvelous dining establishments. Sample a Swedish meatball, cooked up at the IKEA Bistro or the Ying Heong Yuen Chinese snack shop on Cannon street. Regardless of preferences and pricing, the district manages to balance flavor with quality and cost. Emulating the styles of cuisine prepared in historical times, many petite shops are nestled within the area to assist in satiating the weary and hungry traveler.

Watch out for: Wet Markets (selling fresh seafood)

2. Home Thai Massage & Spa

Spa

The Home Thai Massage & Spa aids in pampering its guests by providing organic treatments consisting of massages, body care, facials and waxing. Enter a haven dedicated to making you feel at peace with the world while rejuvenating your skin to rid it of impurities. Let specialists gently exfoliate your delicate facial planes using natural and local ingredients as a healthier alternative to harsh chemicals and indulge in anti-cellulite massages to tone your body.

Watch out for: Body polish (with honey and oatmeal)

3. Hong Kong Central Library

Building, Library

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Lovers of literature can flock to this building. Featuring an innovative overhead book carousel that automatically catalogs hundreds of books and transports them to their rightful sections, the establishment redefines the essence of libraries, infusing technological advancements so as to appeal to the younger generation. With a designated area for children to enter a fantasy world of castles, faraway lands and mythical creatures, families can come and enjoy the company of a thrilling novel. The first mode of conveying morals, thoughts and quirky characters, the Hong Kong Central library evokes nostalgic memories that can be forever treasured.

Watch out for: Arts Resource Center

4. Golden Bauhinia Square 金紫荊廣場

Natural Feature, Park

The Golden Bauhinia Square, named after the grand statue of a golden Bauhinia blakeana, is an open area in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. It is situated near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, the site of the previous ceremonies for the handover of Hong Kong (and the establishment of the Administrative region) that were held in July 1997. Be sure to visit this iconic location to witness the flag raising ritual that occurs every morning at 8. The intricate sculpture stands at six meters high, on a red granite base and depicts a gilded flower bauhinia which illuminates on the second day of Chinese New Year with the help of fireworks.

Watch out for: Majestic sculpture

5. Hong Kong Flower Show

Park

Horse Skull
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This intriguing outdoor space endeavors to inject a slice of nature into your vacation. Marvel at the exuberant and kaleidoscopic models of sculptures. The show offers an impressive array of potted plants, intricate floral arrangements as well as gorgeous landscape exhibitions constructed by local and overseas participants. One can appreciate hand-drawn masterpieces penned by students as well as commercial stalls with vendors selling an assemblage of flowering plants and horticultural products. Capture the prickly cacti on camera along with countless species of beautiful flowers.

Watch out for: Sculpture of a Piano

6. Hong Kong Racing Museum

Museum

Interior Lobby
Photo Courtesy of LOST
Established in October 1996, the goal of this museum was to chart the remarkable history of the racing culture that dominated Hong Kong and preserve its memory. The history of horse racing in Hong Kong from its extremely humble beginnings (during the mid-19th century) to its current professional status is recounted along with its recent popularity and success. The development of the Hong Kong Jockey Club is also illustrated. Witness how the club expanded into a charitable organization; the transformation highlights the overwhelming kindness that it has donated for the industrialization of the city. This is an unconventional tourist attraction detailing a relatively small but crucial piece of history.

Watch out for: Equine skeleton

7. LOST

Building

Noon day Gun
© Noirin Shirley Flickr
Put your problem solving skills to the test when competing in a series of room escape games in which players are locked in a room and have to utilize the elements of the area to resolve puzzles, uncover hidden clues and beat the clock in order to escape the room. LOST features seven distinctive rooms with differing themes that include Ancient Egypt, an underground network system, and an isometric room featuring multiple fluorescent shapes and models. An amusing activity to do with families that can stretch you mentally and improve communication, observation and team building skills. Ignite your competitive spirit at LOST.

Watch out for: Ancient Egypt room

8. Noonday Gun

Park, Natural Feature

Noonday Gun
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This historic attraction is a time-honored tradition that links back to the early times when Hong Kong was developing under the British Empire. Known as the Noonday Gun, it is located at the Causeway Bay Shelter in Causeway Bay, near Victoria Park. At 12.00 p.m., a Jardine Company employee shoots the Noonday Gun in accordance with a penalty issued by the British Naval senior officer in Hong Kong back in the 1860s. Make sure to be present at the time of the shooting and take in its well-maintained surroundings that overlook the Ferry pier.

Watch out for: The luscious vegetation

9. Laforet

Shopping Mall

Model at center
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Located at the heart of the Causeway Bay, Laforet is encased within a three-story building and is brimming with boutiques, shops and restaurants while being easily accessible by public transport. Occupying an expansive area of 42,000 square feet, this shopping center caters to shopaholics and the trend-conscious, providing top-quality accessories, cosmetics, fashion items and footwear. Aryaki Co, one of the many outlets, sells pieces that use Korean designs at their muse while Charm Accessories entices shoppers with its unique range of jewelry at affordable prices.

Watch out for: Cute and quirky clothing designs

10. Hong Kong Arts Centre

Art Gallery, Cinema

Photo courtesy of Pao Galleries
Unite with other art enthusiasts at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Launched in 1977, it prides itself on being a non-profit organization that promotes film, visual and performing arts while giving tutelage on design and sculpting techniques. Complete with exhibition rooms, theaters, immaculate classrooms and studios along with a few select dining establishments, emerging artists can indulge in a multitude of activities ranging from photography and ceramics to illustrations and sculpting. Participate in an informative, hour-long guided tour that can help you gain a deeper insight into the complex minds of those who created these masterpieces and consult with professionals on particular portraits or models that catch your eye.

Watch out for: Assaggio Trattoria Italiana (providing Italian food and beverages)

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