A Walk from Wan Chai to Sheung Wan

1 The streets of Wan Chai

 

There is never a dull moment in Hong Kong, and I returned to Singapore in love with a new city.

 

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Wan Chai’s Blue House

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Hong Kong House of Stories

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The streets of Sheung Wan

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Western Market

Photography and Editing by myself

 

The second last day of my HK trip, I was desperate to explore as much ground as I could cover. We started off with a visit to the famous Wan Chai Blue House featured on various sites online, apparently classified as a Grade 1 historical building dating back to the 1920s. Wandering down the streets in search of our destination, it was clear that the size and number of streets and shops in the Wan Chai district were on a much grander scale compared to the ones in Kowloon, making it the ultimate haven for any urbanite.

 

To our immense delight (and surprise) however, the Blue House was a modest building nestled in a quiet corner of Wan Chai, with decades old paint peeling from its walls and tiny local restaurants fringing the road. Its ground floor was home to Hong Kong House of Stories, a sleepy museum slash vintage shop that looked as though it had seen many eras. The area around the Blue House was chock full of memories, and without a stamp on it as a famous tourist attraction, it thankfully retained its quaint, rustic charm. A quick tip for those looking for an authentic local food experience; drop by any of the nearby street-side dim sum stores in Wan Chai, grab some dirt cheap dim sum to go, and stand in a street corner to polish it off. It is a real treat not to be missed in winter time.

 

From the Blue House it was a non-stop trek to Sheung Wan with the aid of portable wifi and GPS. We stopped for a bite at the truly photogenic Edwardian-style Western Market, a 1906 building that was restored as a shopping complex back in 1991. The complex houses fabric merchants and numerous arts & crafts shops for those with time and cash to burn. Lacking that, you may wish to stick to Sham Shui Po for cheaper fabrics and a greater variety, as Sheung Wan caters to the artsier crowd. The rest of the evening was spent exploring an endless variety of shops and small businesses along Hollywood Road and the incredible PMQ, hub to young creative designers in Hong Kong, and a place where regular art and design lovers could be found chilling any night of the week. My only regret was that I did not get to explore the shops on every level, and visit all the amazing creatives who opened their doors in PMQ that night.

 

There is never a dull moment in Hong Kong, and I returned to Singapore in love with a new city.

 

“Wait for me, I will be back.”

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      Exactly. And if another trip’s not enough, it’s time to live there for a while. There are some cities you can just never finish exploring… and that’s somewhat amazing.

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      Everyone comparing HK to Taiwan is making me really want to visit there. I can’t wait for a chance to do so!

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