Quarry Bay was once a major sugar refinery area with dockyards to export the product. After the industry declined, the area was redeveloped into an alternate office district with cheaper prices yet reasonable proximity to Central. It also has a sizeable upper middle class residential community, with Taikoo Shing being one of the city's benchmark blue-chip estates.
Kornhill stretches along a quiet street uphill, offering serenity yet quick access to the MTR.
Nan Fung Sun Chuen was built in the late 1970s with 12 blocks offering over 2800 units.
The tallest building in the area is One Island East, which has 59 floors and has a public space on its 37th floor sky lobby offering free views.
There are still older buildings along the tram line. Yik Cheong Building has been dubbed the "Monster Building" was featured in 2 Hollywood movies and has attracted Instagrammers for its high density canyon views.
There are a number of hiking trails in the hills behind the area, which can take you all the way to Braemar Hill for the skyline shot.
Heading east, Sai Wan Ho has mostly older buildings for a more working class demographic. There are mre independent small shops with good food options.
The H-shaped Tai On Building to the right is a famous foodie destination. Built in the 1960s, it had a mall built at the base, a novelty at the time. Today, it hosts many interesting street food shops and looks like it has stood still in time.