There is also a Dried Seafood Street (Des Voeux Road West) and a Herbal Medicine Street (Ko Shing Street). As you can imagine, there are a lot of small, specialty shops around here. Some definitely still look traditional while the others are noticeably more modern. But of course, all with a Chinese family-run-store atmosphere.
There’s also an area near the hotel with this square, where locals rest and sit around, again another good sign that you’re not in a touristy neighborhood.
But compared to other districts, Sheung Wan is definitely quieter and more authentic than touristy.
There is a harmonious co-existence here of a unique Chinese living culture as well as copious sprinkling of colonial touches, a fact which makes Sheung Wan attract ingenues and modern galleries and cafes. It’s no wonder that it has become a favorite district for Hong Kong expats.
I myself simply love the laidback vibe, as exemplified by this “sitting-out area” which I discovered in one of my walkabouts of Sheung Wan. Isn’t the idea of “sitting-out” area just so lovely?
I’m glad I was able to stay in SoHotel in Sheung Wan. If my hotel was located somewhere else, perhaps I wouldn’t have been able to explore this unique and very interesting district. If you’re considering booking a hotel or apartment in Hong Kong that is not for the usual tourist’s appetite, do consider Sheung Wan. I’m sure you will find it as lovely and layered as I did.