Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 | Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Just west of central, the atmosphere changes dramatically from the high end boutiques and offices to the traditional shops and businesses of Sheung Wan. This district still has an old feel about it and the old 'ladder' streets (steep inclined streets with steps) are imbued with the flavour of the old although on some, the old stalls have been cleared as parts have gentrified.

This area to the west of central were the first to be developed after the British took possession of Hong Street and in fact the location where this happened is named Possession Street.

The area was settled mainly by the Chinese as elite of the time preferred to live higher up. Walking Sheung Wan is to walk the paths laid out in the 19th century, and the contour of the coastline back then can be followed along the non-linear Queens Road Central.

Join me on a tour of one of Hong Kong's most atmospheric areas and prepare for your senses to be assaulted.


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Posted: Oct 18, 2011 | Updated: Aug 14, 2023

A bit of traditional Hong Kong

Sheung Wan still has an old feel about it and when you look at old black and white photos they aren't too different to what you can see now.

The old 'ladder' streets (steep inclined streets with steps) are imbued with old flavour but for many, the old stalls have been cleared way. Nonetheless, much still remains and this area just to the west of Central, the flavour changes dramatically from high end shopping to traditional shops and businesses.

Hollywood Road (named after the holly bushes that thrived here) has antiques and eateries on one end and coffin and funeral shops at the other. The wholesale market shops fill the air with the fragrance of their dried seafoods - sea cucumbers, shrimps, and scallops. Other less offensive items can be seen but what amazes the visitor about Hong Kong is the assault on you experience on your senses.

1) Des Voeux Rd W - Sutherland Street
2) Sheung Wan - Sutherland Street
3) Sutherland St and Ko Shing junction
4) Sheung Wan - Western Market
5) Sheung Wan - Dried Food 1
6) Sheung Wan - Dried Food 2
7) Sheung Wan - Dried Food 3
8) Sheung Wan - Dried Food 4
9) Sheung Wan - Possession Street
10) Sheung Wan - Pound Lane
11) Sheung Wan - Man Mo Temple
12) Sheung Wan - Central Magistracy
13) Sheung Wan - Old Police Headquarters

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