Highlights Trip
Highlights Trip

By Weekend Weekly

Possession Street is the best point to start a day or half-day walk around Central. You can discover heritage sites, explore art, sample local food and hunt for hidden treasures in a warren of narrow streets and alleys. Conclude your trip on Pottinger Street, in the vibrant heart of the neighbourhood.

Possession Street
Possession Street

Ordinary as it may seem, Possession Street has a significant place in the history of Hong Kong. On 25 January 1841, the British navy landed at nearby Possession Point and began 150 years of colonial rule. Originally perched on the waterfront, Possession Street was given a new lease of life through reclamation. The area is now dotted with hip restaurants and boutiques, alongside historic stores where you can still sample a taste of an older Hong Kong.

Address: Possession Street, Sheung Wan
Tai Ping Shan Street
Tai Ping Shan Street

Tai Ping Shan Street is part of PoHo, which also includes Po Hing Fong, Pound Lane, Sai Street and Square Street. In contrast to much of the surrounding area, PoHo is a quiet neighbourhood where shops selling hip goods from around the world are nestled between galleries and teahouses; and design studios meet vintage stores in a discreet little bohemian neighbourhood.

InBetween
Address: 6B Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 6097 1817

 

Chateau Zoobeetle
Address: 38 Sai Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 9288 2472
Website: www.zoobeetle.com

 

L'impression du temps
Address: 58 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2803 2993
Website: l-impression-du-temps.com

 

squarestreet
Address: 15 Square Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2362 1086
Website: www.15squarestreet.com
Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Bridges Street Centre
Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Bridges Street Centre

Local architecture was greatly enriched when Western and Chinese influences came together during the colonial era. The Bridges Street Centre of the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong is a case in point.

Completed in 1918, the centre is a six-storey blend of Chicago School architecture and Chinese roofing techniques. Founded in 1901, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong was one of the city’s first youth centres for teenagers. The centre on Bridges Street is the first one in Hong Kong that has an indoor playground, swimming pool, a hall, a fitness centre, restaurants and a hostel. In the early 20th century, it was a major social centre for the Chinese community.

Address: 51 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2540 0526
Website: bsc.ymca.org.hk
Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple

Descend from Ladder Street, and the greenroof of Man Mo Temple will come into sight between the surrounding high rises.

Estimated to have been built between 1847 and 1862, Man Mo Temple is a complex comprising Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Kung and Kung Sor. Man Mo Temple pays tribute to the God of Literature and the God of War, whilst Lit Shing Kung was created for all heavenly gods. Kung Sor was an assembly hall for resolving community disputes.

This well-preserved historic building houses a bronze bell dating back to 1847 and a sedan chair from 1862, and comprises granite pillars, granite door frames, engraved wood plaques and ancient mural paintings.

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2540 0350
PMQ
PMQ

Formerly the Police Married Quarters, PMQ now houses works by promising young artists and designers in Hong Kong. Here, not only will you find a fascinating line-up of creative studios and designer products, but there are also exhibitions and workshops all year round, giving you insights into the local creative scene.

Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: +852 2870 2335
Website: www.pmq.org.hk
Gough Street
Gough Street

Gough Street is music to the ears of hipsters who have a soft spot for homeware. Flanked by stores selling myriad home decorations, this unique block has something for everyone who wants a tasteful souvenir for his/her own home.

Check out Nordic Room by Homeless, a concept store with a playful selection of homeware from Scandinavia. And be sure to drop by Visionaire where you’ll find carefully homeware and jewellery from around the world.

Nordic Room by Homeless
Address: 29 Gough Street
Tel: +852 2581 1880
Website: www.homelessexpress.com

 

Visionaire
Address: 26 Gough Street
Tel: +852 2745 6868
Website: www.visionaire.hk
Pak Tsz Lane Park
Pak Tsz Lane Park

Central was a perfect breeding ground for revolutionary movements in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The free mobility of people, goods and funds in Hong Kong proved favourable to groups such as the Revive China Society and Tongmenhui, which were founded by the great Chinese revolutionary Dr Sun Yat-sen, who spent many years in Central and Sheung Wan.

Sheltered from Hollywood Road, Gage Street and Aberdeen Street, Pak Tsz Lane Park was the site of an important vent in the history of Chinese revolutionary movements. On 13 March 1892, Yeung Ku-wan and Tse Tsan-tai founded the Furen Society, a meeting place for revolutionaries, at 1 Pak Tsz Lane, which is right next to the park. The society eventually merged with Sun’s Revive China Society.

In memory of the event, Pak Tsz Lane Park features exhibition panels and interactive facilities tracing the development of the group’s revolutionary activities. The pathway used by society members back then is preserved as the entrance of the park. The quiet space, which comprises white walls, black frames and fences as well as cut-out details, slowly reveals the development of Furen Society’s history layer after layer.

Address: Pak Tsz Lane, Central
Kung Lee Herbal Tea
Kung Lee Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is a quintessential part of Hong Kong life. Chinese herbal tonics, called leung cha (cooling tea), are thought to expel heat and dampness from the body and treat everything from acne to colds.

Founded in the 1940s, the herbal teahouse Kung Lee is still loved by many locals. The décor transports one back to the 1950s and 60s, with wooden fixtures, ceramic tiles and ceiling fans. Among the menu of herbal tonics, sugarcane juice is the bestseller. Peeled and steamed using traditional methods, the sugarcanes are pressed with an antique juicer to produce a refreshingly sweet juice that is served chilled. Don’t miss the glutinous sugarcane cakes if you are a fan of chewy sweet treats.

Address: 60 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: +852 2544 3571
Hollywood Road
Hollywood Road

One of the oldest streets in Hong Kong, Hollywood Road is lined with galleries and antiques shops offering ancient and contemporary, Asian and Western works. A very different expression of creativity can be seen in the form of graffiti on the walls of the many little alleys leading off the street.

Yan Gallery
Address: Shop 5, G/F, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: +852 2139 2345
Website: www.yangallery.com

 

Parkview Art Hong Kong
Address: Upper G/F, Sunrise House, 27 Old Bailey Street, Central
Tel: +852 2413 0028
Website: www.parkviewarthk.com

 

La Galerie Paris 1839
Address: 74 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: +852 2540 4777
Website: www.lagalerie.hk

 

Karin Weber Gallery
Address: 20 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: +852 2544 5004
Website: www.karinwebergallery.com
 
Tai Kwun
Tai Kwun

The Central Police Station Compound represents the introduction of the British judicial system to Hong Kong. In the early days of the colony, the Chinese community would have gone to temples to settle disputes, as they had done for centuries. Over time, they accepted the authority of the British system and this building continues to stand near Chinese temples as a reminder of the unique East-meets-West heritage of this neighbourhood.

Tai Kwun, meaning ‘big station’ in Cantonese, was a nickname for the police compound. The large complex comprises 16 Declared Monuments including what used to be the Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. In the mid-19th century, it housed the offices of the police, the magistracy and the prison, marking its place in history as the heart of the legal system.

Historical significance aside, Tai Kwun is a magnificent work of architecture. The former Police Headquarters building is a resplendent example of Neoclassicism. The barracks, built between 1862 and 1864, is the oldest within the complex and is known for its distinctive Roman-style arch. It is worth noting that these buildings have individual pathways for transporting convicts between the police station, magistracy, and the prison.

The revitalisation of Tai Kwun is now under way. With the addition of two new buildings, the complex will function as an integrated space for history, culture and arts.

Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central
Website: www.taikwun.hk
Pottinger Street
Pottinger Street

The stone slabs spanning the entire Pottinger Street were laid unevenly for a reason: some sections of this street between Hollywood Road and Connaught Road Central were particularly steep, and the pavement of unevenly stone slabs made it easier for commuters and merchant bearers to walk on, and for rainwater to flow down. Because of the unique design, locals still refer to it today as ‘Stone Slab Street’.

There were also stalls on either side of the street when it was built in the 19th century. Originally, they sold household goods, or offered services such as shoe and pot repairing, as well as clothing alteration. Today, as consumer habits have changed, most of them sell festive costumes or handicrafts.

Address: Pottinger Street, Central

This is one of five self-guided walks in Old Town Central, Hong Kong’s most quintessential neighbourhood. Be sure to check out the others here.

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