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The area
Neighbourhood: Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
Wan Chai and Causeway Bay are the retail centres of Hong Kong Island. Filled with shops, malls and restaurants, both areas are bustling with people – tourists and locals alike. Causeway Bay has one of the highest rents on the planet, and is a bit more polished and modern than its Wan Chai counterpart. Beneath the surface there is more than meets the eye – find boutique stores in the above ground floors of buildings and wander into side streets to find interesting restaurants and shops tucked away from the main roads. Wan Chai especially has experienced a modern revival in recent times, with an influx of trendy restaurants and bars around the Star Street area. In addition, both areas contain many of Hong Kong’s iconic tourist attractions worthy of your visit.
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  • Wan Chai • 3 min walk
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bob2bkk
Bangkok, Thailand5,905 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Wan Chai is another shopping area like Causeway Bay but more low key. Many small side streets with small shops and kiosks. It is accessible by MTR with aptly named station. Surprisingly, I was able to find a cable for a charger that I could not find anywhere including Bangkok, where we live. So it may surprise you also. Walk thru Lee Tung Avenue, a pedestrian mall with cute shops, a Pizza Express and Dan Ryan's Chicago Grill. Most of this area is wheelchair accessible.
Written 3 May 2023
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Marco
Schio, Italy5,138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Business
Wan Chai is a metropolitan area situated at the western part of the Wan Chai District on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, in Hong Kong. Its other boundaries are Canal Road to the east, Arsenal Street to the west and Bowen Road to the south. The area north of Gloucester Road is often referred to as Wan Chai North.
Written 28 September 2019
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sigehaizi
Sooke, Canada207 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
I will admit I was mainly in one area of Wan Chai, but all the bars and brothels, or the suggestion of being brothels, made me want to be anywhere but wan Chair. Fortunately the MTR is nearby to do so.
Written 2 October 2012
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abberley887
New York City, New York29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
Wan Chai is all things to all people... depending on the time of day. Sure, it is Hong Kong's red light district, but that light does not turn on before dark. During the day, you will encounter nothing offensive there (the focal point of Wan Chai being Lockhart Road). To the contrary you will find good English pubs, wide array of reasonable restaurants and, to my amazement, legitimate (inexpensive) massage therapy places.

Sure there are girlie bars, but they do not wake until dark and even then they are harmless places. (Nearly all are staffed by simple, small-town girls from the Philippines who arrive in HK, work every day six months and fly home. Very sad). Sure, you will be pressured to buy drinks, but you will not be mugged or drugged. That is folklore.

There are also several good live music venues (bands start at 10 pm) and good street food.

There are, however, no street walkers or other uninvited attractions. Walk anywhere in Wan Chai, holding tight your wife's hand, and you will be respected. No one will bother you.

ps: If the US Navy is in town, avoid Wan Chai at all costs.
Written 17 August 2012
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,734 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
One of the small garden and public spaces in Wan Chai that is of interest is Dominion Garden situated at the Queen's Road East and Landale Street junction, just below the Star Street Precinct.

There is bench seating here as well as tall trees here providing considerable shade. History buffs will also find relatively new and good condition information panels that have been placed here, detailing the history of Wan Chai.

Here you can learn how the shoreline has moved numerous times since the 1850s as a result of major land reclamations endeavours. Important historic buildings and landmarks are shown along with the numerous previous shorelines of Wan Chai. It is an interesting perspective, especially if you stopped at the nearby Hung Shing Temple on which was once on the rocky shoreline.

You can conveniently read the panels in 5-8 minutes, have a rest in the garden if you like and then continue onward with intended sightseeing you have around the Wan Chai area.
Written 13 July 2019
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Wan chai is one of the most happenings places in HK
Many stores for shoppers
Options for foodies and bars pubs and nightclubs for a grind and bit more
Also body relaxing centers and higher options for guys who wants more
Many pubs on the streets make the place more live
Go and enjoy 😊😊😊
Written 14 October 2018
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,734 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This year's HK Wall Art Festival (23-30 March 2019) was held in Wanchai. During the event international and local street artists have created over 25 street artworks around the district. These should be up for a while for those interested.

A map providing the location of all works can be found on the hkwall.org website You find a particularly high concentration of street art was added around Morrison Hill Swimming Pool, including some of the best from this year's event.
Written 7 April 2019
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mariomad
Greater London, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Business
Always head to Wan Chai and the Computer Centre, I always get lost as there are few floors full of technology and computers....and always stop by the Loving Hut restaurant. It s quiet clean nice and the food is really good and healthy (all vegan).Lot of shoe shops around as well.
Loving Hut :The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kon (MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A3;
Restaurant at Johnston Road next to Caltex Gas Station)
Business Hours:11:00am-10:00pm
Tel: (852) 2574 3248
Written 14 August 2012
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GrantMuir
Hong Kong, China68 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012
Red Light Distract area, if looking for a hot girl / lady this is the place to go apparently. I've been here once with friends and to tell you the truth I didn't see many street walkers / prostitutes as my friends and I were out getting drunk. However, it is meant to be the place to go if your looking for some fun with girls and don't mind paying for it.
Written 1 June 2012
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Sebastian-HongKong
416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
Wan Chai is on Hong Kong island and is in between the Admiralty and Causeway Bay districts. It is one of Hong Kong's oldest commercial and residential centers and in the distant past was also home to a number of dockyards. The dockyards have all gone and were swallowed up by land reclamation.

Watch out for the informational signs dotted hear and there which show how Wan Chai's coastline has changed over the last 200 years. One of those signs is at the entrance of the Southorn Playground next to the Wan Chai MTR station. As an example the original Wan Chai coastline was next to Queen's Road East, and today the coastline is almost a kilometer away.

The starting point for any walking tour of Wan Chai is the Wan Chai MTR station which is centrally placed and provides easy access to majority of the interesting sites in the district. The first thing that one notices at the station are the crowds, even in non-peak periods, and it becomes even more so when there is a major trade show in the nearby Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)

This crush of humanity continues as you take exit A of the MTR station to the Johnston street pedestrian crossing and with its co-located tram stops this area is always busy. From this exit there is easy access to Thomson Road with its hardware shops (and coincidently one of my oft visited streets in Wan Chai). Crossing Johnston street leads you directly into the street markets in Tai Yuen Street, Cross Street and Wan Chai Road. The jostling people filled streets are jam packed with both shops and street stalls with just narrow walking passages providing access through the stalls.

The street markets offer all variety of products from dry goods, fruits and vegetables, and even traditional style meat shops with the meats hang from hooks on the shop facades. Take note how the meat shops are using red lights for illumination to give the beef a deep red color and to give it the appearance of freshness. For westerners used to a different level of hygiene and food safety these butcher shops are quite the eye-opener and getting used to the more lax attitude takes some getting used to. Take a careful look at the photo of the butcher with the big clever and you will get a better understanding of what I mean by a lax attitude.

As a complete contrast to these old world street markets, and just a few streets away, there is Lei Tung Avenue. This area has recently been developed to a modern pedestrian mall, shopping and residential environment and offers a relaxed environment for shopping and relaxation.

Continuing on through the street markets one rapidly reaches Queen's Road East and the iconic Hopewell Tower. This circular commercial tower also offers a revolving restaurant at the top of the tower and it offers spectacular views of the harbor as well as the nearby mountain side. The R66 restaurant offers a buffet dining experience and is a popular place for tourists and locals alike. As you walk eastwards along Queen's Road East the mix of old is apparent. The colorful post war concrete building offset adjacent new development occurring adjacent to them. At the corner of Wan Chai Road and Queen's Road East there is the old Wan Chai Market also showing the distinctive concrete construction but it has been renovated into the adjacent new building development.

Walking back along Wan Chai Road one encounters the street markets again and further own it intersects with Hennessey Road and later Lockhart road. Both these roads are home to many home improvement and shops providing anything and everything that you could want for your apartment (or new property development). From lighting, to tiles, to bathroom fixtures and fittings. Like so many areas in Wan Chai this area always has many shoppers, as they walk from shop to shop looking at the many alternatives for decorating their homes.

Whilst walking along Lockhart Road (or Hennessey Road) one eventually becomes aware of an elevated pedestrian walkway. This walk connects the Wan Chai MTR station with the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center (HKECC). It is a major thoroughfare and often completely full of people. From the MTR station the first major arrival point on the walkway is a triumvirate of Government Office towers. Immigration Tower, Revenue Tower and Wan Chai Tower (Law Courts).

If you live in Hong Kong at least two of these buildings you will be come familiar with. The first (Immigration) decides whether you can live in HK, the second (Revenue) is where you pay your taxes, and the third (Wan Chai) is where you will end up if you don't pay your taxes. This area is also a testament of the compactness of Hong Kong and the ease of being able to get from place to place using only public transport.

Continuing on the elevated walkway the next major building is Central Plaza, a triangular shaped office building with its distinctive façade and pyramid shaped top and spire. Embedded in the spire is a time piece which consists of four neon bands, each representing 15 minutes, that change color on the quarter hour, progressing through the hour, according to a fixed six-hour color cycle.

Moving further on from this building one reaches both the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center, Golden Bauhinia Square and the Wan Chai Star Ferry pier. In the foreground of the pier is the construction site for the new Exhibition MTR station. The Golden Bauhinia Square is at the front and harbor side of the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center and is the site of the final handover from the UK back to China. This square is often used for flag raising ceremonies during important national events such as the handover day.

Walking back towards and Harbor road, one finds the HK Academy for Performing Arts and the HK Arts Center. Shows, musicals, theatre are often performed here with audiences bringing together both expatriates and local Chinese. Continuing along Fenwick Street brings you to Lockhart Road and Jaffe Road, the major bar and entertainment district for Wan Chai. The area is usually quiet during the day and early evening but activity picks ups as the night progresses and people want to have a drink and a meal after finishing work. On a Friday and Saturday night the area can be particularly busy and even more so if the bars are screening live feeds of English Premier League games.

At the corner of Luard Street and Hennessy Road there is the Southorn Playground. This area has a soccer field and basketball courts which are usually occupied day and night with local letting off steam and socializing. Occasionally the area is used for festivals or presentations, and just at the current time some of the basketball courts are blocked off as a new underground walkway is being constructed between the station and Lei Tung Avenue. At the corner of Hennessy Road and Obrien Road there is the Wan Chai computer market. Today it sells mainly computer goods, and associated electronic equipment which is a far cry from the 1990s when it was a place to buy pirated software.
Written 13 April 2017
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