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Admiralty, located between Central and Wan Chai, is only one MTR stop east of Central. A former British naval station, the site is now a mix of beaming office towers and shopping malls. In Admiralty, visitors will find the Pacific Place, one of Hong Kong's ritziest shopping malls, showcasing top names in fashion, such as Lane Crawford and Marks & Spencer. The town also houses three of the region's five-star hotels: Conrad, Marriott, and Island Shangri-La.

A few minutes from Admiralty is Wan Chai, the legendary nightlife center of Hong Kong that was featured in the film The World of Suzie Wong, which was about the life of a benevolent Chinese prostitute. By day, Wan Chai is a bustling commercial center as the rents are quite expensive in neighboring Central.

Near the waterfront are the Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Arts Centre, two of the most popular venues for theatrical and cultural performances in Hong Kong. The Art Centre also houses a few galleries, rehearsal rooms, and restaurants that promote the views of the harbor. On the right of the harbor is the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. A HK$4.8 billion convention center extension was completed expeditiously in line with the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China. The extension covers over 16 acres of newly reclaimed land, adding an extra 38,000 sq. meters of function space to the existing convention center.

In the convention center are the ritzy Grand Hyatt and the New World Harbour View Hotels, which are linked by walkways to the 78-story (Asia's second tallest building) Central Plaza office tower. South of the convention center is the Wan Chai MTR station and Lockhart Road, one of the busiest streets in Wan Chai's nightlife district. Lockhart Road East is where a lot of hardware and interior decor supplies shops are found. On the west of Lockhart Road is a lively neighborhood of bars, restaurants, and old office buildings.

Hung Shing Temple

A traditional temple in Wan Chai is the Hung Shing Temple on Queen's Road East, next to a narrow lane of steps leading towards Mid-Levels. The dark and tiny temple is built atop huge boulders. According to legends, the temple was named after a Tang Dynasty official who was well known for his surpassing virtue and ability to make predictions that was of great value to traders.

Pak Tai Temple

A more impressive structure is the Pak Tai Temple at the top of Stone Nullah Lane. This triple-hall temple was constructed in 1863, with a three-meter-high statue of the deity Pak Tai that was built in 1604. It is common to see old men and women pottering around in the dark recesses of the temple, lighting incense sticks or laying out offerings.

Hopewell Centre

Prior to Stone Nullah Lane is the 66-story Hopewell Centre, which was once Hong Kong's tallest building. On the roof-top is a restaurant that provides delicious comestibles and an excellent view of the city below. The center also provides a bypass to Mid-Levels through the elevator on the 17th floor.

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