Final part of my video game tourist feature on enjoying a virtual Hong Kong trip with the 2012 open-world adventure game, Sleeping Dogs. I saved the best of Hong Kong Island for this part!
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Central and Victoria Peak
Once More, Our Esteemed Guide for This Virtual Hong Kong Trip, Officer Wei Shen …
Sleeping Dogs Hong Kong Trip Itinerary 3: Central & Victoria Peak
Central is the affluent business district of Hong Kong Island, but in Sleeping Dogs’ virtual Hong Kong, it encompasses the Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay precincts too.
The most international and modern stretch of the island, some of Asia’s tallest buildings are found here. Central is also where Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong’s most famous nightlife area, is located.
As one of the first places developed by British colonists, Central additionally contains a good number of European colonial-style buildings. For tourists, the most recognizable ones would be the Cenotaph and The Court of Final Appeal at Statue Square.
Lastly, with Central also home to a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment establishments, and with direct transportation to the HKIA, the area is a must-visit for practically anyone visiting Hong Kong. One more thing, the famous Peak Tram is located on the outskirts of Central. If you are going up to Victoria Peak via that, you have to pass through this bustling heart of Hong Kong Island.
Central Picture References
Victoria Peak (太平山 or 山頂)
In my opinion, no visit to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Victoria Peak.
Known as “san deang” in Cantonese, this is a major tourist attraction of the ex-colony and of Asia. Arguably, the view of Victoria Harbour from the Peak beats even that seen from Tsim Sha Chui.
Once the residential district of Europeans during colonial times, Victoria Peak is nowadays also an assortment of public parks and VERY high-value residential properties. The area surrounding the actual summit is furthermore a tourist playground with many attractions, all centred on the oddly shaped Peak Tower.
So I’ve been told, that wok/bowl shape is intentional. Capping the highest point of Hong Kong Island, Peak Tower symbolises the best of Hong Kong capturing the riches of the world. (Monumental Feng Shui, in other words)
Update Nov 2017: Read my post on photo taking at Victoria Peak!
Victoria Peak Picture References
Sleeping Dogs: Central (Day)
Sleeping Dogs: Victoria Peak
Sleeping Dogs: Central (Night)
With that, I conclude this video game tourist series on enjoying a virtual Hong Kong trip with Sleeping Dogs.
Please consider getting a copy of the game.
If you haven’t, I hope you get to visit Hong Kong someday too!
UPDATE NOV 2017
I have completed a second series! Check it out!
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