Where to Stay

Hong Kong Island: Central

For

Close to the Star Ferry pier, famous skyscrapers and luxury malls; within walking distance of excellent bars and restaurants; good transport links.

Against

Nearest eats, sleeps, bars and shops are pricey; office vibe; hectic and crowded.

Hong Kong Island: the Peak & the Northwest

For

Excellent nightlife and dining action; close to the Peak and the historic sites in Sheung Wan.

Against

Sloping topography, hence more trips uphill and down; districts further west are quiet and away from the action.

Hong Kong Island: Wan Chai & the Northeast

For

Good for Hong Kong Park, Happy Valley Racecourse and shopping; abundant eating and drinking options; great transport links.

Against

Wan Chai and Causeway Bay are traffic-choked and crowded; districts further east are a little worn and far away.

Hong Kong Island: Aberdeen & the South

For

Great for Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, Stanley Market, Horizon Plaza, swimming and hiking around Repulse Bay and Shek O.

Against

Not central, frequent traffic jams near Aberdeen Tunnel, limited sleeps, eats, bars and shops.

Kowloon

For

Convenient for many big museums and theatres, best views of the harbour; great for shopping, eating, even ‘slumming’; cool mix of old and new, highbrow and low heel; great transport links.

Against

Crowded and traffic-choked around Nathan Rd; some areas can be touristy and/or a little tacky.

New Territories

For

Fewer crowds, fresher air; handy for outdoor sports, nature tours, walled villages; prices generally lower.

Against

Far from the action; fewer eats, sleeps, bars and shops; little to do at night.

Outlying Islands: Lamma, Lantau & Cheung Chau

For

Laid-back vibe, nice setting, good for seafood on Lamma, windsurfing on Cheung Chau, hiking the Lantau Trail and loads of beaches.

Against

Longer time spent commuting; fewer eats, sleeps, bars and shops; activities dependent on weather.