GO LOCAL IN HONG KONG’S HIDDEN NEIGHBOURHOODS
Hong Kong is a city of fascinating contrasts. Its amazing array of districts and co-existing cultures guarantee an authentic local experience from the moment you land.
Go beneath Hong Kong’s glamorous surface, beyond its dazzling intensity and into its many neighbourhoods to embrace its colourful history, heritage and signature East meets West vibe. Get a taste of authentic Hong Kong and experience its thriving communities overflowing with culture and streets and sidewalks brimming with personality.Visit Hong Kong’s neighbourhoods and discover the city like a true local. Old Town Central, Eastern District, Sham Shui Po and Wan Chai are just a few of the hidden gems you need to add to your itinerary.
Old Town Central
Beneath the stunning skyline of Central, history, arts, food and culture flourish in one of the city’s oldest and most archetypal neighbourhoods. With exceptional street art, shopping and dining on every corner, this neighbourhood is a perfect starting point for visitors. Take yourself on a self-guided walking tour through the instagram friendly streets and enjoy some of the not to be missed highlights including, Man Mo Temple, the newly opened Tai Kwun – Cultural Centre, Graham Market and the famous mid-level escalators. If all that walking works up an appetite, you’re in luck. Old Town Central is a foodie haven offering everything from traditional Dai Pai Dong to world class Michelin cuisine.
On a map, Eastern District takes the shape of a sea serpent writhing along the shores of Victoria Harbour. This neighbourhood was once Quarry Bay’s old dockyards. In recent years, it has been transformed into a bustling commercial district, dotted with pristine pockets of nature, excellent seafood restaurants and a fascinating motley of local culture. Soak up the city views and take a breezy stroll along Quarry Bay Park’s famous waterfront promenade and check out the dynamic ArtisTree – Taikoo, Cultural Centre. Don’t miss the centre’s unique Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery – a mini museum housed in an actual grounded boat once used to fight Hong Kong’s fires.
Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po is one of Hong Kong’s oldest districts. At first glance, this historically working class neighbourhood may seem intimidating but it offers a distinctive urban charm and a fascinating glimpse into a Hong Kong of the past. Located on the Kowloon side, Sham Sui Po is known as the haberdashery region. In recent years, the area has experienced a surge in modern infusion to create a unique neighbourhood that delivers old traditions with a fresh take. Test your haggling skills at the unique and colourful markets, sample the city’s most authentic street food and discover captivating local stories.
If you think Wan Chai is just The World of Suzie Wong, Karaoke bars and neon lights, think again. This pulsating district has its share of good time joints and exotic nightlife. What’s really exciting is Wan Chai’s thrilling evolution into one of the Hong Kong’s coolest and fast paced neighbourhoods. It has a heady mix of old and new and East meets West, where new bars and happening restaurants mix with old tenement buildings and hidden temples among the district’s towering skyscrapers.
Find out how you can experience these neighbourhoods like a local, with feature articles, insights from residents, itineraries and more, you’ll discover the Hong Kong missed by most guidebooks.
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