Connaught Central Walkway - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
This panorama was taken from the walkway over Connaught Road Central on a Sunday afternoon. I was struck by the number of people who had set up camp on the walkway for the afternoon. The panorama was taken late in the afternoon, the sun has set and many of the people were beginning to leave. The majority of those gathered here are workers form the Philippines. Mostly maids working for wealthy Hong Kong residents, they gather together on their day off to see friends and socialize. Hong Kong being so crowded, this walkway seems one of the few spaces available, offering cover, a safe place and easy access via public transport.
Connaught Central Walkway - FURTHER INFORMATION
Connaught Central Walkway - Hong Kong visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Connaught Central Walkway' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Hong Kong.
Connaught Road is a major road on the north shore of Hong Kong Island, running from Admiralty to Shun Tak Center. It runs parallel to Central and the north shore, connecting to the main ferry piers and a short walk from Central Ferry Terminal.
Once a waterfront promenade where one would walk along taking in the views across the bay, haggle with dockside merchants trading their goods brought from foreign lands, or quietly watching the ships sail in and out of the harbour. Now it's a very different and busy area having been extended by land reclamation to enable a highway to be built to enhance the transportation network.
Along Connaught Road, you will find notable buildings such as AIG Tower, Hong Kong Club Building, Statue Square, City Hall, World-Wide House, Echange Square, One - International Finance Center, Wing On House, New Hang Seng Bank Headquarters Building and the Shun Tak Centre.
This central walkway was created to allow easy pedestrian access across these major roads. It has become a popular meeting place because it is so close to major road and ferry terminals and it offers a sheltered open space to congregate for free.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
MRT: Central, Hong Kong
Ferry: Star Ferry Pier