Home Sweet Home: Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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Wan Chai is infamously known as Hong Kong’s red light district, where many expats and businessmen party at after work. Most youngsters will also know Wan Chai for its ladies’ night, also known as ‘Wan Chai Wednesday’. However, Wan Chai is more than just dazzling neon signs and quirky bars. It is one of the most cultural and religious areas in Hong Kong. It is also a popular area for fellow foodies, with a huge selection of restaurants ranging from fast-food stores to high-end fine dining restaurants.

 

CULTURE

As a culturally diverse city, Hong Kong’s culture emerged as a sophisticated combination of the West and the East. Most of the places you will visit in Hong Kong are generally quite westernized and modernized. However, hidden in different areas of Wan Chai are various historical sites that are worth visiting.

 

The Wan Chai Heritage Trail:

A walking trail that is divided into two parts, namely architectural and cultural. The whole trail is around 2 hours and has 15 stops in total. The cultural trail includes the Pak Tai Temple, Old Wan Chai Post Office and the Hung Shing Temple, while the architectural trail includes Blue House, Wan Chai Market and Nam Koo Terrace.

Begin: Mallory Street, Wan Chai – End: Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai

 

Wanchai Haunted Tour:

Dare to venture the different places in WanChai and learn more about the haunted tales and myths that have been passed down through generations? Join the Wanchai Haunted Tour where tales and myths will be unveiled and help shed light on how the local religions and beliefs have shaped the community.

Route: Blue House, Wanchai Market, Southorn Playground, St. Francis Street, Nam Koo Terrace

Link: http://houseofstories.sjs.org.hk/?q=engtour_4

 

 

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC):

1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Built along the Victoria Harbour, HKCEC has become Hong Kong’s symbol of the city. It holds various exhibitions throughout the year, namely the Book Fair, the Anime and Comic Convention, Toy Festival, Pet Show and the world’s largest jewelry fair.

 

 

ART

Wan Chai is also an art hub with famous Broadway musicals such as Singing in the Rain and Saturday Night Fever played in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and exhibitions and installations such as the Familiar Otherness: Art Across Northeast Asia exhibition in the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

 

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts:

1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong Arts Centre:

2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

 

RELIGION

Wan Chai is one of the most religiously diverse areas in Hong Kong, ranging from Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity to Mormonism, Sikhism and Islam. What’s more interesting is how close in proximity most religious structures are with one another.

 

Taoism/ Buddhism:

Hung Shing Temple

Nos. 129-131 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

 

Chinese Folk Religion:
Pak Tai Temple

Lung On Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island

 

Sikhism:

Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple (Biggest Sikh temple in Hong Kong)

371 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

Catholicism:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

1 Star St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

Methodism:

Chinese Methodist Church

36 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

Islam:

Ammar Mosque and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre

40 Oi Kwan Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

 

FOOD

There is a reason why Hong Kong is also named as food heaven: it is where the east meets the west

 

Chinese Dim Sum:

金輝點心

G/F, 10 Gresson Street, Wan Chai

Recommend: Claypot rice ‘bo zai fan’

 

Hong Kong Style Fast Food (Chaa Chan Teng):

Kam Fung Café

41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Mon-Sun: 6:45-19:00

 

Japanese Yoshoku:

Cat’s Eye

25 Swatow St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Mon-Sun: 11:30-15:00; 18:00-21:30

 

Mexican-Western Fusion:

Agave Tequila Y Comida

93 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Mon-Fri: 12:00-02:00; Sat-Sun: 12:00-04:00

 

Spanish:

Espuma

2/F, Wing Cheong Building, 18-20 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai

Mon-Sun: 11:30-23:00

 

Ham and Sherry

G/F., 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai

Mon-Sat: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-23:00 Sun: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-22:00

 

German:

King Ludwig Beer

Shop 2, 2/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queens Road East, Wan Chai

Mon-Thu & Public Holiday: 11:00-01:00; Fri-Sat & Eve of Public Holiday: 11:00-02:00

 

Thai:

Sawali Club

2/F, Wing Cheong Building, 18-20 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai

Mon-Sun: 11:30-22:30

 

Vegetarian:

Loving Hut

2/F, Luen Tai Building, 93-99 Wanchai Road, Wan Chai

Mon-Sun: 11:00-21:00

 

Happy Veggies

Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Mon-Sat: 11:30-14:30; 18:00-22:00

 

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