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Hotels of Hong Kong Island
A hotel on Hong Kong Island is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Hong Kong Island hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Hong Kong Island are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Hong Kong Island hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Hong Kong Island hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Hong Kong Island have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels on Hong Kong Island
An upscale full service hotel facility on Hong Kong Island that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Hong Kong Island hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels on Hong Kong Island
Full service Hong Kong Island hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels on Hong Kong Island
Boutique hotels of Hong Kong Island are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Hong Kong Island boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Hong Kong Island may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels on Hong Kong Island
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Hong Kong Island travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Hong Kong Island focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels on Hong Kong Island
Small to medium-sized Hong Kong Island hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Hong Kong Island traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Hong Kong Island hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs on Hong Kong Island
A bed and breakfast on Hong Kong Island is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Hong Kong Island bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Hong Kong Island B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels on Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Island hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Hong Kong Island hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Hong Kong Island
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Hong Kong Island hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Hong Kong Island lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs on Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Island timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Hong Kong Island often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Hong Kong Island on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels on Hong Kong Island
A Hong Kong Island motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Hong Kong Island for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Hong Kong Island motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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August 2011 dusk view of Hong Kong Island as seen from North Point.
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88.5%, Chinese, 4% Filipino, 2.4% Indonesian, 2.4% White
Hong Kong Island
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The panoramic night view of "Island side" as seen from "Kowloon side" - TST
A view of Middle Island in the foreground and Repulse Bay in the background from the Ocean Park cable car ride (in the Southern District)
Kornhill and Shau Kei Wan, located in the northern part of Eastern District
Hong Kong Island (Chinese: 香港島; Cantonese Yale: Hēunggóng dóu) is an island in the southern part of Hong Kong. It has a population of 1,289,500 and its population density is 16,390/km², as of 2008. The island had a population of about 3,000 inhabitants scattered in a dozen fishing villages when it was occupied by the United Kingdom in the First Opium War. In 1842, the island was formally ceded in perpetuity to the UK under the Treaty of Nanking and the City of Victoria was then established on the island by the British Force in honour of Queen Victoria.
The Central area on the island is the historical, political and economic centre of Hong Kong. The northern coast of the island forms the southern shore of the Victoria Harbour, which is largely responsible for the development of Hong Kong due to its deep waters favoured by large trade ships.
The island is home to many of the most famous sights in Hong Kong, such as "The Peak", Ocean Park, many historical sites and various large shopping centres. The mountain ranges across the island are also famous for hiking. The northern part of Hong Kong Island, together with Kowloon and Tsuen Wan New Town, forms the core urban area of Hong Kong. Their combined area is approximately 88.3 square kilometres (34.1 square miles) and their combined population (that of the northern part of the island and of Kowloon) is approximately 3,156,500, reflecting a population density of 35,700/km² (91,500/sq. mi.).
The island is often referred to locally as "Hong Kong side" or "Island side". This style was formerly applied to many locations (e.g. 'China-side' or even 'Kowloon Walled City-side') but is now only heard in this form and 'Kowloon side', suggesting the two sides of the harbour. The form was once more common in Britain than now, such as 'Surrey-side' and is still seen in British placenames like 'Cheapside', 'Tyneside', and 'Teesside', not all of which have an obvious watercourse or boundary with actual sides.
Hong Kong Island: Suburbs and localities
Hong Kong Island comprises the following suburbs/localities of Hong Kong:
Ap Lei Chau
Deep Water Bay
Pok Fu Lam
Sai Wan Ho
Sai Ying Pun
Shau Kei Wan
Shek Tong Tsui
Siu Sai Wan
So Kon Po
Wong Chuk Hang
Hong Kong Island: Administration
Main article: Hong Kong Island (constituency)
Hong Kong Island is not part of the Islands District. Four districts of Hong Kong are located on the island:
Central and Western District
Southern District (including the islands of Ap Lei Chau and Ap Lei Pai)
Wan Chai District
Hong Kong Island is one of the five Legislative Council geographical constituencies.
Hong Kong Island: History
Hong Kong Island: British colony
See also: History of Hong Kong (1800s–1930s)
Hong Kong island became a colony of the British Empire when their forces defeated the Chinese in the First Opium War (1839-1842). The island was populated by only a few thousand people when British empire colonized it, and was thus described as being almost uninhabited.
Hong Kong Island: Japanese invasion and occupation
The Second World War was a dark period for Hong Kong. In the 1930s, the British anticipated a Japanese attack on Hong Kong. As Wong Nai Chung Gap was a strategic important place of defence, large-scale defensive works were constructed there, including anti-aircraft batteries, howitzers, and machine gun nests.
The Battle of Hong Kong began on 8 December 1941. British, Canadian, Indian armies and the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Forces resisted the Japanese invasion commanded by Sakai Takashi, which began eight hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. However, the Japanese were able to take control of the Hong Kong skies on the first day of attack, outnumbering the defenders. The defenders retreated from the Gin Drinker's Line and consequently from Kowloon under heavy aerial bombardment and artillery barrage.
On 18 December, the Japanese had conquered North Point, reaching Wong Nai Chung Gap on the next day. English and Scottish forces and the Canadian Winnipeg Grenadiers vigorously defended the crucial point of Wong Nai Chung Gap, and for a while successfully secured the passage between Central and the secluded southern parts of the island. Japanese casualties were about 600. However, Allied forces there were ultimately defeated by the Japanese on 23 December, and Wong Nai Chung Reservoir was lost – the only one in Hong Kong at the time. As Wan Chai Gap had also fallen that same day, the British had no choice but to surrender.
Hong Kong was surrendered on 25 December 1941, thereafter often called "Black Christmas" by locals. The Governor of Hong Kong, Mark Young, surrendered in person at the temporary Japanese headquarters, on the third floor of the Peninsula Hotel, thus beginning the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. Isogai Rensuke became the first Japanese governor of Hong Kong. Hyper-inflation and food rationing followed; and the Japanese declared Hong Kong Dollars illegal. The Japanese enforced a repatriation policy throughout the period of occupation because of the scarcity of food and the possible counter-attack of the Allies. As a result, the unemployed were deported to the Mainland, and the population of Hong Kong had dwindled from 1.6 million in 1941 to 600,000 in 1945.
Hong Kong Island: Geography
Hong Kong Island is the second-largest island of the territory, the largest being Lantau Island. Its area is 78.59 km (30.34 sq mi), including 6.98 km (2.69 sq mi) of land reclaimed since 1887 and some smaller scale ones since 1851. It makes up approximately 7% of the total territory. It is separated from the mainland (Kowloon Peninsula and New Territories) by Victoria Harbour.
Technically Hong Kong Island is part of the Wanshan Archipelago.
Most of the hills across the middle of the island are included within the country parks.
Hong Kong Island: Demographics
The population as of 2011 is 1,270,876, which makes up approximately 19% of that of Hong Kong. Its population density is higher than for the whole of Hong Kong, ca. 18,000 per km². However, the population is heavily concentrated along the northern shore. The combined population of Central and Western, Wan Chai, and Eastern is 1,085,500, giving this urbanised part of the island a density of around 26,000 per km², or 67,000 per mi², in its approximately 41.3 km (15.9 sq mi).
The residents living in the Central and Western and Wanchai districts of Hong Kong island have the highest median household income of any area in Hong Kong. Affluent districts on Hong Kong Island are The Peak, Western Mid-Levels (Conduit Road/Robinson Road/Magazine Gap Road, etc.), Eastern Mid-Levels (Happy Valley/Tai Hang/Jardine's Lookout), Tai Tam, Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay.
88.5% of Hong Kong Island's residents are of Chinese descent. The largest ethnic minority groups are Filipinos (4%), Indonesians (2.4%), and White people (2.4%).
80.2% of Hong Kong Island's residents use Cantonese as their usual language, while 8% use English and 1.9% use Mandarin.
Hong Kong Island: Transport
Admiralty MTR station, the cross-platform interchange station of the Island Line and Tsuen Wan Line
The Island Line of the MTR underground railway network runs exclusively on Hong Kong Island, from Kennedy Town in the west to Chai Wan in the east, along the northern coastline of the island. Tsuen Wan Line and Tseung Kwan O Line have cross-platform interchange stations with the Island Line which extend the metro transport northward across the Victoria Harbour. Tung Chung Line and Airport Express which connect to the Lantau Island and international airport share one single station on the island at Hong Kong Station, north to Central Station and provide pedestrian link between the 2 stations within paid area.
The South Island Line will provide metro service from Admiralty to Ap Lei Chau via Wong Chuk Hang. This line is expected to inaugurate in December 2016 and relieve the congested Aberdeen Tunnel during rush hour. North South Corridor, the southward extension of the East Rail Line will also terminate at Admiralty and stop by the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre before leaving the island, providing direct metro service to the Hong Kong–Shenzhen border checkpoints. This line is tentatively expected to open in 2021. North Island Line is planned to extend Tung Chung Line and Tseung Kwan O Line to be met at Tamar Station. The majority of the extended sections will be situated beneath the reclaimed land of the northern coastline of the island. The project is aimed at sharing the load of the already busy Island Line, but it will not begin construction before 2020.
Hong Kong Tramways and the Peak Tram run exclusively on Hong Kong Island, which run from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan, with a branch links from Causeway Bay to Happy Valley and the Central District to Victoria Peak respectively.
Hong Kong Island is connected to the Kowloon Peninsula on the mainland by two road-only tunnels (the Cross-Harbour Tunnel and the Western Harbour Tunnel), two MTR railway tunnels (Tsuen Wan Line and Tung Chung Line) and one combined road and MTR rail link tunnel (Eastern Harbour Tunnel, containing the Tseung Kwan O Line and road traffic in separate conduits running side by side). A fourth rail link (Shatin to Central Link from Causeway Bay to Hung Hom) and a fourth harbour-crossing tunnel are being planned in order to solve the congested traffic of the current tunnels in peak hours. There is no bridge between the island and the mainland. A bridge connects Ap Lei Chau and Wong Chuk Hang of Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island. It was opened in 1983 with two lanes and was expanded to four in 1994. Another bridge that connects the two will be used by the South Island Line of MTR in 2016.
Hong Kong Island: See also
Hong Kong portal
List of areas of Hong Kong
List of streets and roads in Hong Kong
Islands and peninsulas of Hong Kong
Country parks and conservation in Hong Kong
Des Voeux Road
Hong Kong Island: References
Census and Statistics Department (2008), Population and Vital Events (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 24 August 2009, retrieved 31 August 2009