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.
I also adore the Wellcome mini-supermarket just around the corner along Queen’s Road West, where we bought water and food, just like the locals in the area.
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.
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