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Busy Hong Kong - You’ll Never Walk Alone!

Want to know where the busiest places are in Hong Kong? Check out CityLife’s selection of Hong Kong’s busiest landmarks and gathering spots.
 
 
 
If you love humanity, you are going to love Hong Kong and it's humanity, en masse. Hong Kong is full of people, and busy people at that. Safe to say that being busy is one of the city's defining characteristics – thronging crowds, hustle -bustle streets, jam-packed transport interchanges, snarly traffic, and non-stop activities - Hong Kong is all that and more!
 
 
Admittedly, as the city's population ages and its growth slows, other megapolis such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Delhi, Mexico City, etc, have far more people and can be more crowded. But still, Hong Kong remains a special city of perpetual motion and dynamism, a city that still sets the standards for being busy.
 
 
 What makes Hong Kong such a busy place? The primary reason is that Hong Kong is densely populated, especially in the urban areas; its 7.3 million people are crammed into less than 20% of the land area due to its hilly terrain. Second, it's the sheer magnitude of economic activity that takes place in the city daily that helps exude this busy feel. In short, people just love going out – to eat, to shop, to play and to work!
 
 
 So why not immerse yourselves and follow us on a busy journey of Hong Kong and experience its many busy aspects? Bring your camera and click away at the masses. One thing is for sure, wherever you go, you’ll never walk alone!
 
 
 
1.Street crossing – Yee Wo Street crossing, Causeway Bay, at Hennessey Road Junction. Arguably the busiest crossing in Hong Kong and certainly its most photographed. On any day. chockful of throning shoppers wait to cross the city's main thoroughfare. The giant LED TV screen mounted outside of Sogo department is always a nice diversion while waiting for the stop light to turn.
 
 
 
2.Pedestrian Foot Bridge Crossing – Connaught Road, Central, crossing between Exchange Square and Worldwide House/Chater Building. Located in the heart of Central and part of the extensive Central pedestrian footbridge system, all you need to know about this crossing is that a parallel foot bridge had to be built next to the original one just to accommodate the overflowing crowds. It is also an excellent vantage point from where to capture the busy vehicular traffic below. The busy foot bridge above O'Brien street connecting Wan Chai MTR Station to the Immigration Tower on Gloucester Road and beyond gives a good run for the money as one of the busiest in the city.
 
 
3.Busiest Outlying island - Cheung Chau. On a nice weekend, the ferries to and from Central to Cheung Chau, one of Hong Kong's most popular and iconic outlying islands, can be jam-packed – and these are fairly large ferries by Hong Kong standards! Expect thousands of visitors meandering the island's main street, its beaches, and other points of interest. Expect the crowds to multiply during the popular Cheung Chau Bun Festival which takes place in May.
 
 
 
4.Busiest MTR Station – Central MTR Station; As the city's most used and busiest transport system, crowning the busiest MTR station is going to invite arguments given the number of crowded stations and platforms there are throughout the network. We are sticking with Central as the busiest MTR Station since it is both an interchange and, of course, a busy destination, with busy commuters pouring in and out of more than 10 exits. As for the runners-up, the MTR stations in Kowloon Tong and Admiralty give a good run for the money as both serve as major interchanges.
 
 
 
5.Busy Street Market – Lady's Market, Mong Kok. In a city lined with street markets, we are spoiled for choice. In the end, the city's most popular street market known for selling fashion wares of all types is also its busiest, with a more than respectable numbers of contenders that include Ap Liu Street in Sham Shui Po, Temple Street, and even the Flower Market during Chinese New Year – they are all worth visiting and joining in the fun.
 
 
 
6.Busiest Hiking Trail – Mount Parker Road, Quarry Bay. Yes, we know, the Dragon Back is considered by many as Hong Kong's most iconic and well-known hiking trail. For sheer busyness, though, we would choose the Mount Parker Green Trail that takes hikers and walkers alike from Quarry Bay to the top of Mount Parker, Hong Kong Island second highest peak. The road passes through Quarry Gap, a busy trail interchange with hiking trails leading to Tai Tam, Mount Butler, and other hiking trails . You'll never hike alone is never truer here on a nice weekend.
 
 
7.Busiest Beach – Repulse Bay. Hong Kong's most famous beach is also its busiest. Between sun worshippers, swimmers, and tourists. This expansive, sandy beach framed by steep hills and high-rise buildings can get might busy on a sunny afternoon. Shek O
 
 
8.Busiest Gathering Place – Sundays or Public Holidays in Central near Worldwide House. There are over 300,000 domestic helpers in Hong Kong who, on a Sunday or public holidays fan out across the city in search of a place to rest, remit money home, run errands, shop, meet friends and just chill. None are busier than the few city blocks in Central, with Worldwide House, which houses a vibrant Filipino shopping arcade inside, serving as its hub. Even a whole street (Chater Road) is blocked off to allow gatherings to spill over on to the road. It's a unique sight to behold! Victoria Park, which is more a haven for Indonesian helpers, gets pretty crowded too.
 
 
9.Busiest Waterfront Promenade-Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui. After a long - awaited redevelopment, the new-look Avenue of Stars is sleeker and busy as ever, still retaining its claim as Hong Kong's busiest promenade. In the end, what makes it so special is the views of Victoria Harbour, which offers one of the world's most iconic cityscape. The Central Harbourfront which now stretches from Sheung Wan to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is quickly catching up though. Both are delightful places for a leisurely stroll.
 
 
10.Busiest Tunnel- Cross Harbour Tunnel, Hung Hom to Causeway Bay. Hong Kong's oldest cross-harbour tunnel is also its busiest. While built as a two-lane (in each direction) tunnel, Cross-Harbour Tunnel which was completed in 1972 remains the city's busiest due to its central location, carrying around 110,000 vehicles a day. Interesting enough, Lion Rock Tunnels, which were built in 1967 and 1978 which connect Kowloon to Sha Tin is the city's oldest road tunnel and its second busiest, carrying over 90,000 vehicles daily.
 
 
11.Busiest Bridge - Tin Kau Bridge. Major road bridges in Hong Kong are quite a recent development. The trio of Tsing Ma Bridge, Kap Shui Mun Bridge and Ting Kau Bridge comprising the Lantau Link which were completed in 1997/1998 as part of the Hong Kong Airport Core Program were the first ones. Of the three, the 1.2 kilometres long Ting Kau Bridge, which connects Kowloon to Yuen Long and Tuen Mun via Tsing Yi, has turned out to be the busiest, carrying over 70,000 vehicles daily.
 
 
12. Busiest Ferry -Star Ferry. While nowhere as busy as during its hey days when it was the primary means of connecting Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, the Star Ferry is still running steadily every ten minutes between Tsin Sha Tsui and Central and Wanchai respectively . Surprisingly, Star Ferry was still ranked as the busiest ferry system in the world in 2018, carrying around 26 million passengers yearly. The iconic ferry remains top on any visitor's to-do list.
 
 
13.Busiest Urban Park – Victoria Park/Kowloon Park. It's a toss-up between Hong Kong's two most popular urban parks with both located closely to heavily trafficked shopping districts – Both parks offer a full set of amenities and provides a welcome respite for weary shoppers looking for a tranquil break.
 
 
14.Busiest Escalator System – Mid-levels Escalator System. Touted as the longest escalator system in the world, the 800-metre escalator connecting the Central business areas to the high-rise residential neighbourhoods in the Mid-levels has created a unique eco- system from which Soho was born. Thousands of commuters jostling with tourists and visitors use the system daily, passing by trendy and vibrant bars, restaurants, work-out gyms and boutique shops. Ocean Park also touts its escalator system as one of the longest, which we would also heartily recommend going to.
 
 
 
15.Busiest Pedestrian Tunnel-Tsim Sha Tsui along Peking Road: Tsim Sha Tusi has by far Hong Kong's most extensive pedestrian tunnel system. The system connects tens of thousands of MTR passengers and other passersby to major points of interest in Tsim Sha Tsui and TST East. The stretch along Peking Road is arguably the busiest owing to the heavy traffic going to the shopping district on Canton Road plus Harbour City, Hong Kong's largest shopping mall. It is also a haven for buskers performing music and other feats at all hours.
 

 

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