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Highlights Trip

Highlights Trip

By Time Out Hong Kong

There’s no shortage of attractions in Old Town Central, from decades-old temples to chic rooftop bars. To help you make the most of your time in this vibrant neighbourhood, we’ve put together this highlight route, which allows you to discover some of the best historic monuments, shops and restaurants in the area. Whether you’re looking to learn about the colourful heritage of this district or sample some delicious local eats, this walking tour will introduce you to the very best that Old Town Central has to offer while also helping you to discover some other hidden gems along the way.

1Possession Street
Possession Street

Ordinary as it may seem, Possession Street has a significant place in the history of Hong Kong. On 25 January 1841, the British navy arrived at nearby Possession Point (now Hollywood Road Park) and began 150 years of colonial rule, marked by a flag-raising ceremony the day after the initial landing. Originally perched on the waterfront, Possession Street was given a new lease of life through reclamation. The area is now dotted with hip restaurants and boutiques, alongside historic stores where you can still sample a taste of an older Hong Kong.

2Chu Wing Kee
Chu Wing Kee

This iconic neighbourhood homeware shop is a treasure trove of household goods from a time gone by. A dwindling sight in Hong Kong, Chu Wing Kee is a place where you can find stacks of old-school crockery and teapots, bamboo baskets dangling from the ceiling, and feather dusters and kerosene stoves tucked away in corners. Forget mass-produced modern items and opt for these classic and affordable Hong Kong products, which also make for great souvenirs.

Address: 24 Possession Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2545 8751
3Tai Ping Shan Street
Tai Ping Shan Street

Walk up from Possession Street and you will find yourself at Tai Ping Shan Street. A number of distinctive ancient temples line the two sides of this 300-metre-long path. The most eye-catching of them all is probably the smoky, red temple called Kwong Fook I Tsz. Built in 1856, it is a classic example of a temple that fulfilled diverse roles. It was an ancestral temple for migrant families, a shelter for the ill and also housed memorial tablets for immigrant workers who passed away while in Hong Kong. Also be sure to visit Tai Sui Temple near the staircase, Kwun Yum Temple, and the unassuming Fook Tak Palace – all of which are still frequented by worshippers.

Address: Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
4Upper Lascar Row
5Man Mo Temple
6Pak Tsz Lane Park
746 Graham Street / 48 Hollywood Road
8Tai Cheong
9Lan Fong Yuen
10Tai Kwun


This is one of five self-guided walks in Old Town Central, Hong Kong’s most quintessential neighbourhood. Be sure to check out the others here.

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