The Central Waterfront Promenade is one of the most breathtaking walks in Hong Kong offering splendid views of our breezy and effervescent Victoria Harbour and the towering skyline running all along next to it.
A relatively new area that had been previously in permanent construction, the Central Promenade is Hong Kong Island's answer to the Avenue of the Stars on the opposite side of the Harbour, and
a much needed respite offering an open space to the congested Central District.
The Promenade extends from the Central Star Ferry Pier to Admiralty traversing through the greenery of Tamar Park. Eventually, the plan is to link all the way to Wanchai along the waterfront, connecting with the Convention Centre, Bauhinia Square and the Wanchai Star Ferry Pier.
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Along the promenade there are elevated viewing platforms, beautifully landscaped beds and greenery, toilet facilities, benches to relax and take it all in...
As this is an ongoing project, a number of cafes and restaurants are still to come. So even if there isn't much there yet, it is still worth a stroll just for the fantastic views, specially since it is so easy to get to if you are travelling on the Star Ferry to or from Central you are basically there.
Fantastic views from the ICC and the TST side greet you as you start your walk...
And I suppose not everyone is here just to admire the views and take photographs...
It is about a 15-20 minute walk to Tamar Park, and all along you have not only the fantastic waterfront scenery but also dramatic views of the Hong Kong skyline fom a different perspective.
The International Finance Centre is the tallest building on this side of the Harbour
Views of the Central Business District from the Promenade
Victoria Harbour Views and the Kowloon skyline from the Promenade
The promenade provides a new vantage point to enjoy the nightly Symphony of Lights and the iconic firework displays that lit up the entire Harbour-front on those special occasions throughout the year.
It offers the perect backdrop for some of the city's most popular festivals and events. It hosts the territory's
premier sports entertainment venue, the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Fan Zone
as well as the annual Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival in the fall.
Tamar Park and the Tamar Site public space is Hong Kong Island's waterfront open green space, currently the site of Hong Kong's Central Government Offices.
Since its opening in late 2011, Tamar Park's Civic Square is often used as a venue for official celebrations such as the events to commemorate the Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR and the National Day Flag Raising ceremonies.
You can walk through Tamar Park's beautifully landscaped lawns, fountains and cafe heading inland to reach the Admiralty Metro Station.
To the east, you have views of the Wanchai skyline and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Hong Kong Observation Wheel
An Observation Wheel a la London Eye has recently opened in the area between Central Piers 9 and 10. The Wheel is 60 meters high and has 42 gondolas with a capacity of 8 to 10 people each.
Here's more on the Hong Kong Ferris Wheel.
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