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Wan Chai, renewed

A melting pot of east meets west and old and new, Wan Chai’s surroundings are uniquely portrayed by its office buildings and buzzing nightlife. While the neighbourhood has undergone significant transformation that has boosted its status, the quirkiness of old Wan Chai still exists in parts. Depending on the time of day, there’s a distinctive contrast of what you can explore in Wan Chai; be entranced by the neighbourhood’s liveliness during the day and the dazzling neon lights on Lockhart Road at night. There’s more to Wan Chai than meets the eye.


Wan Chai Expo waterfront harbourfront

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Leisure Facilities

Situated on Gloucester Road, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is a leading educational institution in Asia. In addition to its full schedule of musicals, dance performances and live theatre, the centre offers undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies in Opera, dance, film, and more.

A prominent landmark in Hong Kong and overlooking glistening harbour views, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is recognisable by its bird-like rooftop. The expansive exhibition centre opened in 1988 and hosts a number of festivals and expos throughout the year. Situated outside the HKCEC is the Golden Bauhinia Square, a popular attraction that signifies the handover of Hong Kong in 1997. 


Wan Chai Golden Bauhinia Square

Shopping

The shopping options are extremely varied in Wan Chai. QRE Plaza is the area’s main shopping mall. Located on Queen’s Road East, QRE Plaza offers a range of shopping at reasonable prices. Otherwise for luxury shopping, Pacific Place in Admiralty is within walking distance from Wan Chai. 


Wan Chai QRE Plaza shopping mall

For hardware and gadgets, Wan Chai Computer Centre has plenty to offer. Although Wan Chai Computer Centre spans over several stories, it is extremely crowded inside, with narrow corridors between shops. The centre offers mainly computer products and accessories but there are a handful of stores that sell video games, cameras and small electronic goods.

Tai Yuen Street Market is nicknamed Toy Street for good reason. The vibrant market has a unique atmosphere with countless displays of toys, figurines, collectables and other knick-knacks. During holiday periods like Chinese New Year, the market is filled with festive decorations and household items for you to trove through. 

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Wan Chai Tai Yuen Street Toy Street

F&B

With parts of Wan Chai having undergone significant regeneration in the past few years, the district’s food and beverage offerings have also increased. Lee Tung Ave, just off Johnston Street, is a pedestrianised avenue full of restaurants and cafes. From Asian to international cuisine, the selection of restaurants will sate all your food cravings, which includes Blue Brick Bistro, Shuang Xi Lou and DJAPA.


Wan Chai Lee Tung Avenue DJAPA restaurant

A restaurant by the Le Comptoir restaurant group, DJAPA delivers a fusion of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine. The colourful interior is accentuated by the artworks of legendary artists from around the world, offering an eccentric dining experience. For a tipple or two, venture into the world of Ophelia, an Ashley Sutton-designed restaurant-bar lounge that is sure to tantalise the tastebuds as well as the mind.


Wan Chai Lee Tung Avenue Ophelia bar restaurant

Other notable restaurants in the area include The Optimist, Pirata and 22 Ships. Alternatively, Wan Chai is also home to some of Hong Kong’s most traditional street food and cha chaan tengs (local Hong Kong café).

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