The Central and Western district (a prime area) is the de facto financial, legal and political centre of the island. The dramatic Hong Kong skyline starts here and continues through the Wanchai and Eastern districts. Sharply dressed office workers walk briskly through the walkways that connect their buildings to MTR stations, hotels, malls and other places in the city.
The district is full of imposing British colonial buildings. In the main square is the Old Court House. Behind it are the residential and commercial buildings of the posh, sloping Mid-Levels area, populated by well-to-do locals and expats.
The area’s outdoor covered escalator is the longest in the world. It brings passengers from the residential Mid-Levels to their offices in Central, and back again. Another form of transportation here is the Peak Tram, which brings passengers to the upper parts of the island. Originally built to bring wealthy residents up to their homes, it is now a tourist attraction and the most scenic way to reach The Peak Tower shopping and entertainment complex. Nearby are the most exclusive homes in Hong Kong; their residents enjoy the best views of the harbour.
In the C&W district are several international schools, excellent private medical centres, luxury shopping centres, and the prestigious University of Hong Kong. On the waterfront is the dock used by the historic Star Ferry to Kowloon, high-speed ferries to most outlying islands, and the hovercraft to Macau. An efficient and inexpensive tram system runs throughout the whole northern part of the island. C&W also has the Soho and Lan Kwai Fong restaurant and club clusters that attract revellers every evening. This makes the district one of the most desirable places to live in Hong Kong.