Whenever tour guide books introduce Hong Kong, they often only mention Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, and Mong Kok where you can go sight seeing, shopping and satisfy your taste buds. Have you ever thought to go deeper into the history of the vibrant city? Just a 23-minute walk away from the financial hub, Sheung Wan is a world of wonder where the modern metropolis complement the colourful age-old traditions perfectly. Below are recommendations of the 10 best things you can do and see in Sheung Wan.
Opening hours: Mon- Sun, 10 am – 12 am
Dried Seafood Street
Walk along Wing Lok Street and Bonham Strand and you will find them lined with specialty shops selling rare and expensive dried seafood. The streets will be more lively and crowded during Chinese New Year because households scramble for dried seafood like black moss, dried snakeskin, dried sausage, and dried scallops for preparing a festive banquet. These are good areas to learn about Chinese-traditional eating habits. Keep in mind that most of these shops will be closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Antique Street and Cat Street
Hollywood Road (AKA Antique Street) and Upper Lascar Row (AKA Cat Street) are best-known for their curio and antiques shops selling inexpensive pottery, jewellery, ornaments, coins, and carvings. These streets are of great fun to haggle and hunt for old trinkets. Buyers are able to deliver their goods outside of Hong Kong with the assistance of sellers.
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8 am – 6 pm
Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 1 pm -5 pm
Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail
If you are interested in learning about Hong Kong history, you shouldn’t miss out on the greatest man in Chinese history – the founding father of Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen. Hong Kong was the cradle of his revolutionary thoughts and uprising plans and he studied and was baptised in the city as well. Follow the Yat-sen Historical Trail, which was set up in 1996 by the Central and Western District Council, and you can trace the life of Sun Yat-sen and other revolutionaries in the late Qing era.
Ding Ding Tram
Hong Kong Tramways – affectionately called ‘ding ding’ by locals because of its bell sound mimicry for embarkation – are not precisely a Sheung Wan feature but are the best way to slow down the pace of life and sightsee. You can catch any Westbound tram heading towards Kennedy Town from Central or any stop with a fare costing only a few dollars for an adult. You will see dried seafood stalls and Chinese medicinal shops as well as traditional neon signs along the street.
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