Wan Chai isn’t just a party district. Its dim sum restaurants, historical and cultural temples, and relaxing parks and trails provide a diverse range of activities. We’ve rounded up some of the best things to see and do in the area.
Take a stroll down Wan Chai Heritage Trail
The Wan Chai Heritage Trail is exactly what the name suggests – a walking trail. It is divided into two parts, architectural and cultural. Launched in 2009, the whole walk takes about two hours and has a total of 15 stops. The architectural trail includes Blue House, Wan Chai Market and Nam Koo Terrace. The Pak Tai Temple, Old Wan Chai Post Office and the Hung Shing Temple complete the cultural trail. Taking a stroll along this historical route is an easy and free way to experience not only the city’s culture, but also to appreciate both its colonial and modern architecture.
The trail starts at Mallory Street and ends at Wing Fung Street
Party at Lockhart Road Bars
An alternative to Lan Kwai Fong (LFK), if you want to do something more original, is the Lockhart Road nightlife scene. It used to be considered a gritty area when it was the red light district, but it has definitely improved since then. The film and novel The World of Suzie Wong was set here and still feels very much alive. The drinks on offer are much more attractive than LKF’s or SoHo‘s, as they’re usually around half the price. One of the famous bars is Carnegie, which has been open since 1994, but the busier and most visited bars are around ‘The Corners,’ on the crossroads of Luard Road, and Fenwick Street.
Dine at Dim Sum Restaurants
Wan Chai is overflowing with Dim Sum restaurants, as much as it is overflowing with Cha chaan tengs. There are many choices available to touch your heart (literal translation of dim sum). One of the most well-known is Fook Lam Moon and its main branch is located in Wan Chai. It’s dubbed the ‘Cafeteria for the Wealthy,’ as various celebrities have dined there. Another alternative is Guo Fu Lou. Its interior holds a modern Chinese ambience and the suckling pig is a must.
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