Taken by the British in 1840, Hong Kong Island is the most contemporary part of the Special Administrative Region and home to the majority of the city's businesses. To the north of the island is Victoria Harbour, where most of Hong Kong's most famous buildings make up its iconic skyline.
Main places of interest
Hong Kong has one of the most impressive skylines in the world, and it's a delight to behold both at day and night, especially when seen from Tsim Sha Tsui. Some of the most important buildings and places of interest on Hong Kong Island are:
- Bank of China Tower: built in 1989 as the tallest building in Hong Kong, this 315-metre-tall glass and aluminium tower has an observation deck on the 43rd floor.
- International Commerce Centre: currently the tallest building in Hong Kong and home to the Sky100 observation deck.
- Two International Finance Centre: with a height of 415 metres, this peculiar skyscraper is known for its appearance in the movie "Batman: The Dark Knight".
- Central Plaza: built in 1995, this striking building has 78 floors and is 374 meters tall.
- Hong Kong Park: a green lung located in the heart of Hong Kong's concrete jungle.
- Victoria Peak: the tallest mountain in the city and a popular tourist attraction thanks to the impressive views it offers.
- Aberdeen Bay: located in the south of the island, this coastal area is home to floating houses and restaurants reminding visitors of the region's roots as a fishing village.