Neighbourhoods Old and New

Neighbourhoods Old and New

Take a day trip around Wan Chai to experience the cultural atmosphere! Start the trip by watching the flag-raising ceremony and before visiting featured exhibitions, or you might want to look for local designer brands and learn about Hong Kong’s history and culture while walking through the old and new buildings in the neighbourhood.

Do-it-Yourself

Morning
  • Golden Bauhinia Square (and HKCEC)
    Golden Bauhinia Square (and HKCEC)
    The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. The Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture that gives the Expo Promenade the commonly used name of ‘Golden Bauhinia Square’ was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover — an occasion that held tremendous significance for the world’s largest nation and that stands out as a landmark event in 20th century history. Today the site is hugely popular with visitors who come to take photos and to enjoy the pomp and symbolism of the daily Flag-raising Ceremony with beautiful Victoria Harbour as a backdrop.
    Address:
    1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2582 8888
    Website:
    How to Get There:
    MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A5, walk along the footbridge of O’Brien Road, pass through Immigration Tower and Central Plaza to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Tai Yuen Street (Toys)
    Tai Yuen Street (Toys)
    Locals’ passion for kiddie collectables hasn’t died on Tai Yuen Street, where everything from semi-precious limited-edition figurines to the humble bottle of bubbles is available. This is also a great place to pick up festive decorations.
    Address:
    Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
    How to Get There:
    MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A3. Walk for around two minutes.
Afternoon
  • The Blue House
    The Blue House
    A 1920s wooden tenement building, known in Cantonese as a tong lau, now classed as a Grade 1 Historical Building. Kung fu master Wong Fei-hung’s student Lam Sai-wing and his nephew launched their studio here.
    Address:
    72 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2835 4372
    How to Get There:
    MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A3. Walk along Tai Yuen Street to Queen's Road East, then turn left to Stone Nullah Lane.
  • The Pawn
    The Pawn
    This four-storey Wan Chai building was acquired by the Urban Renewal Authority, listed as a local heritage conservation site and leased to tenants after its restoration.The name of the bar and restaurant in the pre-war Chinese tenement offers a clue to the type of business that was previously run there. Its original tenant was the famous Woo Cheong Pawn Shop. Local artist Stanley Wong has since breathed new life into the venue, while carefully maintaining many of its original features.
    Address:
    62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2866 3444
    How to Get There:
    MTR Wan Chai Station Exit B2, walk along Southorn Playground to Johnston Road.
  • Starstreet Precinct (Wan Chai)
    Starstreet Precinct (Wan Chai)
    The area around Three Pacific Place and comprising Star Street, Moon Street, Sun Street and Wing Fung Street is now a fashionable dining neighbourhood with design-driven lifestyle stores.
    Address:
    Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
    How to Get There:
    MTR Admiralty Station Exit F, follow the subway signs to the Three Pacific Place Link, which leads directly to the Starstreet Precinct.
Evening
  • Tung Po Seafood
    Tung Po Seafood
    Tuck into some of the ocean’s offerings at Tung Po Seafood. This popular restaurant is a collection of plastic tables and chairs in a cooked food centre, where beer is served out of chilled rice bowls and the seafood is super fresh. Plump for the deep-fried shrimp covered in handfuls of garlic crisps.
    Address:
    2/F, Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2880 5224
    How to Get There:
    MTR North Point Station, Exit A1. Walk west along Java Road for 2 minutes.

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