Hong Kong may be best known for its towering skyscrapers, its fast paced lifestyle and ocean of people streaming its streets non-stop, but if you look further, in each neighbourhood, you will find endless mesmerizing encounters.
One of the oldest yet also most dynamic neighbourhoods in Hong Kong is Sheung Wan District. A district filled with many narrow and sloped streets with a lot of small alleys but it is here, you will most likely find hidden treasures of Hong Kong. Packed with attractions, this neighbourhood is perfect to experience on foot. One of the ways to explore this neighbourhood is to join a Hong Kong tour, to explore the off the beaten tracks of Sheung Wan and find your own little gems.
Walking along Hollywood Road, one of the first roads to be built in Hong Kong in 1844, you will find excellent antique shops and art galleries. Look out for a respected and well-known artist called Grand So, who finds inspiration painting on the side of Hollywood Road, you can even buy and take home his paintings with you.
Make sure you don’t miss the street arts and graffiti in the area, from Sheung Wan District to where it’s joined with the Central District. The street arts are created by locals and artists from all over the world, among others: Elsa Jean de Dieu’s work (French artist) on Peel Street, SENK’s work (Chinese artist) on George’s Lane, Christian Storm’s work (Danish artist) on Shing Wong Street, Alex Croft’s work (local artist) on Graham’s Street and Shingo Katori’s work (Japanese celebrity) under Mid-Levels escalator.
Hollywood Road is also home to century-old temple, a place of worship dedicated primarily to Man Cheong (god of literature) and Mo Tai (god of war) – the atmosphere created by the heavy clouds of incense will whisk you away and transported you back in time.
Don’t leave Sheung Wan without a visit to Cat Street Market, it is the place if you’re looking to add a touch of Hong Kong to your home. A true treasure trove, the street is lined with stalls selling all types of quirky and wonderful curios, such as Chinese antiques, jade pendants, mahjong tiles and even figurines of Chairman Mao.
Last but not least, get a taste of Hong Kong and Sheung Wan area is the perfect place for it. It is a true foodie paradise, especially if you’re looking for an authentic taste of Hong Kong. Take a journey to one of the Michelin Guide recommended restaurants on Hello! Hong Kong Food Tour and try the Dim Sum, various of small dishes normally served in little bamboo baskets and the Dim Sum is still served via trolley service. You will find yourselves transported back to a bygone era.
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