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Encyclopedia > Wan Chai
See Wan Chai District for the broader administrative district that covers Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Happy Valley, etc.
For a place in Sai Kung Peninsula, see Wan Tsai.
Wan Chai
Chinese: 灣仔
Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyin: Wān Zaǐ
Cantonese
IPA: [wɑn55 tsɐɪ35]
Jyutping: waan1 zai2
Literal meaning: "small bay" or "cove"
Wan Chai as seen from the Victoria Harbour.
Wan Chai as seen from the Victoria Harbour.
Fleming Road, Wan Chai
Fleming Road, Wan Chai
A Chow Sang Sang jewelry shop, established 40 years ago.
A Chow Sang Sang jewelry shop, established 40 years ago.
Tai Yau Arcade in Wan Chai.
Tai Yau Arcade in Wan Chai.

Wan Chai, or Wanchai, is an area situated at the western part of the Wan Chai District, in northern Hong Kong Island, in Hong Kong, China. It is bounded by Canal Road in the east, Arsenal Street in the west and Bowen Road in the south. The area north of Gloucester Road is often called Wan Chai North. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... ... Large crowd of shoppers can be seen on Causeway Bay. ... A pedestrain footpath in Happy Valley previously used by horses to get to the racecourse. ... Sai Kung (西貢; pinyin: Xi1gong4; Cantonese: sai1 gung3) is the second-largest of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. ... Wan Tsai (灣仔) is a peninsula between Hoi Ha Wan and Long Harbour in north-western Sai Kung Peninsula, Hong Kong. ... Standard Mandarin is the official Chinese spoken language used by the Peoples Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Singapore. ... Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), commonly called Pinyin, is the most common variant of Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. ... Standard Cantonese is a variant, and is generally considered the prestige dialect of Cantonese Chinese. ... Not to be confused with the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Jyutping (sometimes spelled Jyutpin) is a romanization system for Standard Cantonese developed by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) in 1993. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 471 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Wan Chai User:Deadkid dk/Gallery Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 471 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Wan Chai User:Deadkid dk/Gallery Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... Victoria Harbour The night view of the Victoria Harbour with the skyscrapers in Central behind, viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui Victoria Harbour (Traditional Chinese: 維多利亞港; Simplified Chinese: 维多利亚港; Cantonese Jyutping: wai4 do1 lei6 aa3 gong2; Mandarin Pinyin: Wéiduōlìyà GÇŽng) is the harbour between the Kowloon Peninsula and the... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 724 KB) By Jaye Lam, 香港灣仔 菲林明道, Fleming Road, Wan Chai. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 724 KB) By Jaye Lam, 香港灣仔 菲林明道, Fleming Road, Wan Chai. ... Fleming Road (菲林明道) is a road in Wan Chai and Wan Chai North on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ... Image:DSCN1969. ... Image:DSCN1969. ... Image:DSCN1966. ... Image:DSCN1966. ... ... The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (Traditional Chinese: 香港島; Simplified Chinese: 香港岛; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dou2; Mandarin Pinyin: XiānggÇŽngdÇŽo) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory... Canal Road East (堅拿道東), Canal Road West (堅拿道西) and the Canal Road Flyover (堅拿道天橋) are important roads in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, Wan Chai District of Hong Kong. ... Arsenal Street Arsenal Street (軍器廠街) is a street between Admiralty of Central and Wan Chai in Hong Kong. ... Bowen Road (寶雲道) is a road from the Mid-levels to Wong Nai Chung Gap of Hong Kong Island, on the slope above Central, Wan Chai and Happy Valley in Hong Kong. ... Gloucester Road (Chinese: 告士打道) is a major road in the north of Wan Chai and East Point on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ...


Wan Chai is one of the busiest commercial areas in Hong Kong with many small- and medium-sized companies gathering, likewise various shopping centres and restaurants serving cuisines of different countries. Wan Chai North features office towers, parks, hotels and a world-class conference centre. The locality is also a highly-populated yet ever-aging residential zone, facing an urban decay problem. Arousing much public concern, the government has put an overwhelming attempt in district regeneration in recent years. A Chow Sang Sang jewelry shop, aged over 40 years Tai Yau Arcade in Wan Chai Old-fashioned shops in Wan Chai squatters are typical examples of modern Lingnan architecture, compared to those found in Guangzhou and Taipei. ... Urban decay and renewal in Cincinnati Urban decay is the popular term for both the physical and social degeneration of cities and large towns. ... Blight often stands side-by-side with new structures during urban renewal efforts. ...

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Overview

In addition to local residents, up to 600,000 people commute daily to the locality for school or work, or simply to shop and enjoy its amenities. Wan Chai offers an urban and expedient public transportation system including the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), buses, mini buses (also known as light public bus or maxicab) and trams. Taking a ferry from Wan Chai is a handy method for those who need to cruise across the Victoria Harbour to Kowloon. Each day, crowds of people come to the region to experience its fascinating diversity. There are many unique buildings and skyscrapers, the most notable ones being the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Central Plaza and Hopewell Centre. This article is about the metro system in Hong Kong. ... Hong Kong Double-Decker Tram (#120), the only tram in the fleet that retained its 1950s style. ... The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, ca. ... Victoria Harbour The night view of the Victoria Harbour with the skyscrapers in Central behind, viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui Victoria Harbour (Traditional Chinese: 維多利亞港; Simplified Chinese: 维多利亚港; Cantonese Jyutping: wai4 do1 lei6 aa3 gong2; Mandarin Pinyin: Wéiduōlìyà Gǎng) is the harbour between the Kowloon Peninsula and the... In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon refers to the urban area made up of Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon, bordered by the Lei Yue Mun strait in the east, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Stonecutters Island in the west, Tates Cairn and Lion Rock in the north, and... The following is a list of buildings, sites and areas in Hong Kong: // List of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, with a partial list of their sub-areas and streets Hong Kong Island Central and Western Central Admiralty Kennedy Town Mid-levels Sai Ying Pun Shek Tong Tsui Sheung... Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing Harbour view of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心; often abbreviated as HKCEC or 會展) is a convention and exhibition venue in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, the business hub of Hong... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... View from side Hopewell Centre (合和中心) is a skyscraper in Hong Kong. ...


History

A staircase in Ship Street
A staircase in Ship Street
The coastline of Wan Chai in the early 1960s
The coastline of Wan Chai in the early 1960s

Wan Chai (formerly Ha Wan 下環, lit. "a bottom ring"; as, geographically, its location is relatively low) is one of the earliest developed areas in Hong Kong. Central, Sheung Wan, Sai Wan and Wan Chai are collectively known as the four rings (四環) by the locals. Image:Wanchaishipstair2s. ... Ship Street (船街) is a street in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. ... Image:Wanchai60s. ... Image:Wanchai60s. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... The night view of the Central as viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui on the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Central (Chinese: 中環; Jyutping: zung1 waan4; Cantonese IPA: ; Pinyin: Zhōnghuán) is an area located in Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... Sheung Wan (上環) is an area in Hong Kong, located in the north-west of Hong Kong Island (in between Central and Sai Ying Pun). ... West Point or Sai Wan (西環) is an area in Hong Kong that corresponds to Sai Ying Pun, Shek Tong Tsui, Belcher Bay and Kennedy Town. ...


Wan Chai literally means "a cove" in Cantonese. But Wan Chai itself was no longer a cove due to drastic city development and continual land reclamation. Before the British colonisation, there had been Chinese villagers already dwelling along the undisturbed coastline of Wan Chai, that is, the today's location of Hung Shing Temple, and most of them were fishermen. They got together to work around the area near Hung Shing Temple overlooking the entire harbour and worshiped Hung Shing Ye as God of the Sea. Hung Shing Temple is still erecting in its original location in Queen's Road East, but years of reclamation have pushed the shoreline farther away. Now the temple is surrounded by clusters of residential and commercial buildings. When the British arrived Hong Kong, the areas around Spring Garden Lane began to develop in various businesses. Cantonese is a major dialect group or language of the Chinese language, a member of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. ... Land reclamation is either of two distinct practices. ... Hung Shing Temple Constructed before 1847, Hung Shing Temple on Queens Road East, in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, used to overlook the sea front. ... Hung Shing (洪聖), also known as Hung Shing Ye (洪聖爺) and Tai Wong (大王), was a government official in the Tang Dynasty named Hung Hei (洪熙) serving Pun Yue in present-day Guangdong, China. ... A painting of Queens Road Central in 1865 The Japanese army marched into the City on 26 December 1941, following the fall of Hong Kong. ...


Start-up

It is said that an unknown millionaire owned Spring Garden Lane, building his residence, pier and warehouse in the vicinity. Spring Garden was the exact name of his mansion. The Cantonese name Chuen Yuen (lit. a garden in spring) is, in fact, a translating corruption of Spring Garden, which originally means "a garden with a spring". The spring mentioned possibly refers to the mountain creek beside Hopewell Centre in Queen's Road East. Around Spring Garden Lane are Lee Tung Street, Swatow Street and Amoy Street where abounded with warehouses storing cargoes to be shipped to Chinese coastline cities. There were also dockyards in Ship Street and McGregor Street for building and repairing ships. The periphery of Sun Street, Moon Street and Star Street is the original site of the first power station in Hong Kong. Spring is one of the four seasons of temperate zones, the transition from winter into summer. ... A natural spring on Mackinac Island in Michigan. ... View from side Hopewell Centre (合和中心) is a skyscraper in Hong Kong. ... A painting of Queens Road Central in 1865 The Japanese army marched into the City on 26 December 1941, following the fall of Hong Kong. ... Road sign of Lee Tung Street. ... Amoy Street at Telok Ayer, Singapore. ... Ship Street (船街) is a street in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. ... Sun Street (日街) is a street in Wan Chai, with two companions Moon Street (月街) and Star Street (星街), on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ... Sun Street (日街) is a street in Wan Chai, with two companions Moon Street (月街) and Star Street (星街), on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ... Star Street is a Dutch childrens cartoon that was popular both in Benelux and in the United Kingdom. ... Hongkong Electric (Traditional Chinese: 香港電燈; SEHK: 0006) is a vertically integrated electricity utility company in Hong Kong. ...


Reclamations

Areas around Queen's Road East were the most hustling place in Wan Chai in the early days. The shape of Wan Chai's seashore had been alternating, being extended outward, merely owing to persistent reclamation schemes. Early in 1841, Queen's Road East, where the earliest coastline was located, was constructed and a reclamation project had undergone. The coastline was consequently extended to Praya East, that is, today's Johnston Road. Tram rails were then built in 1902 at the same location. Twenty years later, there was another large-scale reclamation lasting for nearly a decade. As a result, the coastline was extended farther to Gloucester Road after the nine-year project; Hennessy Road and Lockhart Road were set up as well. The reclamation after WWII, from 1965 to 1972, pulled the coastline out to the areas around Convention Avenue and the Wan Chai Pier. The last reclamation happened to cater for the construction of the second phase of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Retrace the Wan Chai coastline over the years at the wccoastline.org website. A painting of Queens Road Central in 1865 The Japanese army marched into the City on 26 December 1941, following the fall of Hong Kong. ... 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The east end of the road Johnston Road (莊士敦道) is a major road in Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Hennessy Road (Chinese: 軒尼詩道) is a thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... Lockhart Road at Causeway Bay. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Wan Chai Pier (Chinese: 灣仔碼頭) , often called Wan Chai Ferry, is a pier at the coast of Wan Chai North on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ... Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing Harbour view of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心; often abbreviated as HKCEC or 會展) is a convention and exhibition venue in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, the business hub of Hong...

The changes of Wan Chai's coastline from 1842 to 1997

Image:Wanchaireclamation. ... 1842 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Buildings

Wan Chai Market, a typical Streamline Moderne architecture
Wan Chai Market, a typical Streamline Moderne architecture
Old-fashioned shops in Wan Chai squatters are typical examples of modern Lingnan architecture, compared to those found in Guangzhou and Taipei. Attached to the second storey from the pavement, numerous pillars were built in front of the closed stores.
Old-fashioned shops in Wan Chai squatters are typical examples of modern Lingnan architecture, compared to those found in Guangzhou and Taipei. Attached to the second storey from the pavement, numerous pillars were built in front of the closed stores.

Throughout the development of the region, the architecture in Wan Chai has changed by leaps and bounds. In the earliest stage, buildings in Wan Chai were still short in a typical Chinese style. A notable example would be the Hung Shing Temple, which was built in the Qing Dynasty. The British migrants coming to Hong Kong in the later time instilled ground-breaking western concept of building; colonial-styled roofs, columns, ceilings were commonly found in the edifices built after the British colonisation, such as the Old Wan Chai Post Office (built in 1912), the Blue House(1920s). The Wan Chai Market (1930s) was under the influence of Streamline Moderne (also known as Streamlined Moderne or Art Moderne) architecture, a popular style of building of the 1930s (it is often confused by local architects and laypeople alike with the Bauhaus style of architecture). Erecting along Johnston Road, where lie lines of tram trails, are suviving examples of pre-World War II shophouses or tenement houses. Similar structures are found in Tai Wong Street East and Heard Street. Buildings built shortly after WWII include shophouses on Lee Tung Street and Tai Yuen Street, and the early Modernist Caltex House (also known as "Ha Ba (that is, Harbour) Oil Station") on Johnston Road, which is a true Bauhaus-style building. In the 1950s and 1960s, an increasing number of girlie bars and nightclubs were opened in the red-light district by the side of Jaffe Road and Lockhart Road to entertain visiting sailors who usually landed at Fenwick Pier. Beyond Gloucester Road is the commercial area developed in the late 1970s and 1980s, a time at which Hong Kong underwent economic development in full speed. At the same time, buildings like the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), and Central Plaza were constructed on the new reclaimed land. Golden Bauhinia Square and the second phase of HKCEC are situated at the seashore, overlooking Victoria Harbour. Image:Hk-wanchai-market. ... Image:Hk-wanchai-market. ... Wan Chai Market, a typical Streamline Moderne architecture The Wan Chai Market was constructed in 1937. ... Bathers building, now a Maritime Museum at San Franciscos Aquatic Park, 1937 Judges tower at San Franciscos Aquatic Park Streamline Moderne, sometimes referred to by either name alone, was a late branch of the Art Deco style. ... Image:DSCN1981. ... Image:DSCN1981. ... This article is about occupying land without permission. ... Guangzhou is the capital and the sub-provincial city of Guangdong Province in the southern part of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Nickname: the City of Azaleas (杜鵑花之城) Coordinates: Country Republic of China Region Northern Taiwan Capital Xinyi Dist (信義區) Mayor Hau Lung-bin Area    - City 271. ... Chinese architecture refers to a style of architecture that has taken shape in Asia over the centuries. ... Hung Shing Temple Constructed before 1847, Hung Shing Temple on Queens Road East, in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, used to overlook the sea front. ... The Qing Dynasty (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Ching chao; Manchu: daicing gurun; Mongolian: Манж Чин), occasionally known as the Manchu Dynasty, was the ruling dynasty of China from 1644 to 1912. ... Old Wan Chai Post Office - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Blue House The osteopathy clinic in the Blue House Blue House, is referred to be 4-storey balcony-type tenement blocks, located in 72-74A Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai. ... The 1920s is a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Wan Chai Market, a typical Streamline Moderne architecture The Wan Chai Market was constructed in 1937. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... Bathers building, now a Maritime Museum at San Franciscos Aquatic Park, 1937 Judges tower at San Franciscos Aquatic Park Streamline Moderne, sometimes referred to by either name alone, was a late branch of the Art Deco style. ... The east end of the road Johnston Road (莊士敦道) is a major road in Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ... Hong Kong Double-Decker Tram (#120), the only tram in the fleet that retained its 1950s style. ... Road sign of Lee Tung Street. ... For the British goth band, see Bauhaus (band). ... Tourists sit outside a bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand A Depression-era bar in Louisiana. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The De Wallen red-light district in Amsterdam A red-light district is a neighborhoooood where prostitution and other businesses in the sex industry flourish. ... Jaffe Road, 謝斐道, is a long street in Hong Kong that runs between and parallel to Gloucester Road and Lockhart Road. ... Lockhart Road at Causeway Bay. ... The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (Traditional Chinese: ), located near the north coast of Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong, is both an academic institution and a venue for performances ranging from amateur dramatics through to international professional appearances. ... Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing Harbour view of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心; often abbreviated as HKCEC or 會展) is a convention and exhibition venue in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, the business hub of Hong... Central Plaza is the second tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong (tallest as of 2001) after IFC, Hong Kong Phase 2. ... The Golden Bauhinia Square at night The Golden Bauhinia Square (Chinese: 金紫荊廣場; pinyin: JÄ«n Zǐ JÄ«ng Guáng ChÇŽng) is an open area in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong. ... Victoria Harbour The night view of the Victoria Harbour with the skyscrapers in Central behind, viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui Victoria Harbour (Traditional Chinese: 維多利亞港; Simplified Chinese: 维多利亚港; Cantonese Jyutping: wai4 do1 lei6 aa3 gong2; Mandarin Pinyin: Wéiduōlìyà GÇŽng) is the harbour between the Kowloon Peninsula and the...


Community life

Arts & Culture

Wanchai is a major foreign and Chinese cultural hub in Hong Kong. It is home to Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institut, Dante Alighieri and the British Council. The Arts Centre, which holds frequent exhibitions and shows non-mainstream films, and the Academy of Performing Arts, a school and venue for performances, are found next to each other in Wanchai. There is also a public library and a handful of bookshops.


Dining

Lung Mun, an old-styled Cantonese restaurant
Lung Mun, an old-styled Cantonese restaurant
A cha-chan-teng in Wan Chai selling lo por cakes and preserved egg custards
A cha-chan-teng in Wan Chai selling lo por cakes and preserved egg custards

Like many Chinese in other places, the Wan Chai residents enjoy eating very much. In the early days, Wan Chai was still a developing business district, and people living there were not that well-off. Therefore, the restaurants in the neighbourhood usually offered food that was reasonably priced and yet nutritious. Most eateries were cha-chan-teng, a typical local-styled fast-food restaurant, selling milk tea, sweet buns, and baked egg tarts. Many cha chan teng can be found on Jaffe Road. Some food was even served as a heathy food: numerous Chinese drinking shops offered some cheap Chinese herbal tea, like leong cha (lit. cool tea) and ya-sai mei (lit. twenty-four flavours) for curing sore throat and common flu, and people thus could save money for visiting the doctor. The ex-governor of Hong Kong, Lord Chris Patten tried a bowl of herbal tea in an old drinking shop before his return to the United Kingdom. Dai pai dong, an open-air restaurant in a big tent, was another common kind of restaurant that appeared in Wan Chai. Despite the unclean and hot conditions, many people would like to enjoy fresly-made steamed rice roll, congee and chow mein early in the morning. Due to urban renewal projects in recent years, most tai-pai-dongs have been closed down. Image:DSCN1968. ... Image:DSCN1968. ... Image:DSCN1961. ... Image:DSCN1961. ... A typical breakfast with Silk-sock Milk Tea Interior of a Cha Chaan Teng External view of a Cha Chaan Tang A cha-chan-teng (茶餐廳) is a kind of Hong Kong-styled fast-food restaurant. ... Sweet heart cakes A sweet heart cake (老婆餅 or lo po pang) is a traditional Chinese pastry made with winter melon and almond paste. ... Century egg Unshelled century egg Century eggs served with pickled ginger roots The century egg (a. ... A typical breakfast with Silk-sock Milk Tea Interior of a Cha Chaan Teng External view of a Cha Chaan Tang A cha-chan-teng (茶餐廳) is a kind of Hong Kong-styled fast-food restaurant. ... A fast-food restaurant is a restaurant characterized both by food which is supplied quickly after ordering, and by minimal service. ... Hong Kong-style Milk Tea (Cantonese: 奶茶, nai cha) is a beverage originating from Hong Kong. ... An egg tart with puff pastry crust Egg tart is a kind of pastry that is popular in Hong Kong, Macau and surrounding areas in southern China. ... Herbal tea An herbal tea, tisane, or ptisan is an herbal infusion not made from the leaves of the tea bush (Camellia sinensis). ... Also see Pharyngitis Sore Throat is a legendary British noisecore band, credited among others with inventing the genre Sore Throat formed in 1987 as a Crust Punk/ hardcore punk and grindcore act. ... Respiratory disease properly named influenza(say: in-floo-en-zah ). Some specific varities of influenza with a vaccination available are: A-New Caledonia, A-California, B-Shanghai. ... Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, CH, PC (born 12 May 1944) is a prominent British Conservative politician and a Patron of the Tory Reform Group. ... Man Yuen Noodle, a former dai pai dong on Elgin Street, Central. ... Rice congee is a type of Asian rice porridge known as zhōu (粥 or juk in several Chinese dialects and Korean, and pronounced kayu in Japanese). ... Take-out chicken chow mein from an American Chinese restaurant Chow mein is a stir-fried dish in American Chinese cuisine, consisting of noodles, meat, and cabbage and other vegetables. ... Blight often stands side-by-side with new structures during urban renewal efforts. ...


For those having a greater purchasing power, they would prefer having breakfast at Chinese restaurants, known as "yum cha", and enjoying their freshly-brewed cuppa. People usually had "one bowl with two pieces" (一盅兩件, meaning a cup of tea with two dim sums) for breakfast. There were three old-fashioned Chinese restaurants in Wan Chai, namely Lung Mun, Lung To, and Lung Tuen. Only Lung Mun is still operating at present. Later, there were also lots of restaurants serving vegetarian cuisine, catering for the Buddhists and people yearning to keep fit. The oldest vegetarian restaurant in the area has started its business more than a century ago. Lung Mun, an old-styled Cantonese restaurant in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Yum cha (Cantonese:飲茶; Japanese: ヤムチャ, kanji:喫茶), literally translated as drinking tea, refers to the Cantonsese custom of eating tiny tastes of many different foods while sipping a well-brewed Chinese cuppa. ... This section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Dim sum (Chinese: 點心; Cantonese IPA: dɪm2sɐm1; Pinyin: diǎnxīn; Wade-Giles: tien-hsin; literally dot heart or order heart, meaning order to ones hearts content; also commonly translated as touch the heart, dotted heart, or snack), a Cantonese term... For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ... A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. It had subsequently been accepted by...


In the 1980s, more and more western restaurants were set up in Wan Chai. Nowadays, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Indian restaurants are also very common in the locality. There are also many fast food restaurants serving Cantonese and other Chinese dishes, such as Maxims and Café de Coral. Jaffe Road and Lockhart Road are famous for pubs. The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... Western cuisine is a term used for cuisine in The Americas and in Europe. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Cantonese (Yue) cuisine originates from Guangdong Province in southern China, or more precisely, the area around Canton (Guangzhou). ... Maxim may refer to: Maxim (saying), an aphorism Maxim (magazine), an international mens magazine Maxim gun, the first self-acting machine gun Gricean maxims, conversational principles theorized by philosopher Paul Grice Maxim (law) Maxim_(philosophy), a principle of willing Maxim is the name of: Maxim Litvinov (1876-1951), Russian... A promotional poster of the restaurant Café de Coral (Traditional Chinese:大家樂) SEHK: 0341 is a fast food franchise based in Hong Kong. ...


Entertainment

Two south Asian boys playing basketball in the Southorn Playground
Two south Asian boys playing basketball in the Southorn Playground

The Southorn Playground was a major landmark to the senior residents of Wan Chai. It is linked both as a place of leisure and work. Its character changed through the day. In the morning, labourers (commonly known as "coolies") came together to wait for employment. Other labourers provided "massage" service for these "coolies" to alleviate their pain and physical tiredness. In the evening, it was altered into an open-air, working class "night club" where yet other groups of labourers entertained people by selling food, performing Chinese magic and kung fu. Today, the Southorn Playground still remains popular among Wan Chai dwellers: the senior citizens would spend time playing Chinese chess in here, while the younger generation would play football and basketball. Street basketball games are held occasionally in the playground which attract flocks of Hong Kong young spectators and ball players. Image:Southorn playground. ... Image:Southorn playground. ... Southorn Playground in Wan Chai. ... Coolie refers to unskilled laborers from Asia of the 1800s to early 1900s who were sent to the United States, Australia, New Zealand, North Africa and the West Indies. ... Massage is the practice of applying structured or unstructured pressure, tension, motion, or vibration — manually or with mechanical aids — to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, lymphatic vessels, organs of the gastrointestinal system and reproductive system to achieve a beneficial response. ... Alternative meaning: Kung Fu (TV series) Kung fu or gongfu (功夫, Pinyin: gōngfu) is a well-known Chinese term used in the West to designate Chinese martial arts. ... Xiangqi (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: hsiang4-chi2;  ), is a two-player Chinese game in a family of strategic board games of which Western chess, Indian chaturanga, Japanese shogi, and the more similar Korean janggi are also members. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ...


Education

Several renowned schools were located in Wan Chai before and after WWII. One of these was established by the famous traditional teacher, Mo Dunmei (莫敦梅). Started as a shushu (書塾) in 1919, the school was renamed Dunmei School (敦梅學校) in 1934. It taught classical Chinese writings and Confucian ethics. The school had once been closed during the Japanese Occupation. After the war, the school continued to provide Chinese education for children from more affluent families. In response to the great demand for school places in the neighbourhood, it also provided fee reduction for poorer children. Without a unified school premise, classes had to be run in separate apartments in pre-war tenement buildings throughout Wan Chai. This was one of the problems shared among private Chinese schools. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Confucian temple in Jiading district, Shanghai. ... The History of Hong Kong began as a coastal island geographically located in southern China. ...


Sex work

Prostitution is one of the oldest occupations in Wan Chai. Senior residents recall that sex work was actually an integral part of neighbourhood life. Some residents take it for granted whereas others feel ashamed of sharing the locality with sex workers, for the past decade almost exclusively Thai catering almost exclusively to Western men, replacing the Filipino prostitutes in the previous decade. Some of them work in topless nightclubs and brothels while others as 'waitresses' in restaurants and bars such as Mes Amis to tout. Caution is to be exercised with the latter as their intention and identity are usually concealed. Many of the Thai, Filipino and Indonesian sex workers present themselves as Hong Kongers to appear more glamorous, even though they have only been in Hong Kong for a few years and many are illegal. Money scams involving them and Western men are very common. Despite rapid changes as a result of reclamation and redevelopment, the presence of sex workers operating in the midst of ordinary residents continues to be a distinct feature of the region. The ethnic picture had been dramatically illustrated to the western world in the movie The World of Suzie Wong. Now a few bars and nightclubs, like the Tonnochy Night Club and Joe Bananas can still be found, with myriads of characteristical neon light signboards dazzling in the dark. They are popular particularly among visiting American navy and Westerners both visitors and residents. A sex worker in Germany. ... The World of Suzie Wong is a 1957 novel written by Richard Mason, which has since been adapted into both a play and a film. ... The United States Navy, also known as the USN or the U.S. Navy, is a branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations. ...


Military

From the early 20th century, Wan Chai had chiefly become a Chinese residential zone, but it was also tasselled by British military establishments — the army barracks and the naval Dockyard. The Naval Dockyard is another well-remembered signpost. Instead of saying naval dockyard in conversational Chinese, they refer to dockyard as dug yar or dog yar. This Sinicization and the amalgamation of English vocabulary into the local Chinese language reflects the interconnectedness between the colonial power and ordinary people’s lives. This regal landmark also circuitously endangered the area as it became a target of the bombing both by the Japanese in 1941 and the Allies during the Japanese occupation. Small shipyard in Klaksvík (Faroe Islands), reparing fishing vessels Dockyards and shipyards are places which repair and build ships. ... Look up ally in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The History of Hong Kong began as a coastal island geographically located in southern China. ...


Administration

Wan Chai is part of the Wan Chai District, which covers Causeway Bay, Happy Valley, Jardine's Lookout, Tai Hang and Stubbs Road. Out of the 11 constituencies of the Wan Chai District Council, 3 are within Wan Chai, and 1 is halfly lying within the area of Wan Chai. ... Large crowd of shoppers can be seen on Causeway Bay. ... A pedestrain footpath in Happy Valley previously used by horses to get to the racecourse. ... Jardines Lookout (Chinese: 渣甸山) , named after William Jardine, is a moutain located on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong S.A.R., China and is a wealthy residential area. ... Tai Hang in the 1980s. ... Stubbs Road connects Happy Valley and The Peak area on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... ... The territory of Hong Kong is divided in 18 administrative districts (Population as of 2000) Hong Kong Island Central and Western (274,400) Eastern (620,800) Southern (282,400) Wan Chai (190,300) Kowloon (New Kowloon included) Kowloon City (406,000) Kwun Tong (564,700) Sham Shui Po (372,200... The District Councils (區議會 and formerly District Boards) are district organizations in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). ...


Culture of Wan Chai people

Religious diversity and eclecticism

People in Wan Chai have a wide range of religions like Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Sikhism and Islam, showing an enormous diversity in spiritual belief. Despite such great differences, eclectic mixtures of diffenent religions are yet not uncommon in the neighbourhood. Hung Shing Temple, for example, is a typically Taoist temple; the worship of mortals-turned-immortals is the distinct characteristic of the Chinese religion. There is, however, also a Buddhist Kwun Yum chapel situated beside the main altar inside the Temple. People coming to worship Hung Shing Ye would also burn joss sticks to Kwun Yum as well, showing their pious respect. Da Siu Yan, or literally known as "Hit little men", is another blended religious ceremony, a disproportional combination of Confucianism, Taoism and folk religions. Some old female "psychics" perform this ancient ceremony under the Canal Road Flyover in particular days of a lunar month. Christianity is another popular religion in the neighbourhood. The Wan Chai Church of Christ offers religious services mainly to the Filipino community in Hong Kong. The Masjid Ammar mosque is part of the Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Center in Oi Kwan Road. It is an eight-storey building without the traditional Moorish look, but is indeed one of the most important Islamic community centers in Hong Kong. The Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple located in Wanchai is the biggest Sikh temple in Hong Kong. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1528 KB) Hung Shing Temple File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Hong Kong Wan Chai User:Instantnood/Sandbox/Hong Kong Hung Shing Temple ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1528 KB) Hung Shing Temple File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Hong Kong Wan Chai User:Instantnood/Sandbox/Hong Kong Hung Shing Temple ... Hung Shing Temple Constructed before 1847, Hung Shing Temple on Queens Road East, in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, used to overlook the sea front. ... Buddhism is a dharmic, non-theistic religion, which is also a philosophy and a system of psychology. ... Taoism is the English name for a cluster of Chinese religious and philosophical traditions. ... The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic Church (see terminology below) is the Christian Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, currently Pope Benedict XVI. It traces its origins to the original Christian community founded by Jesus Christ and led by the Twelve Apostles, in particular Saint Peter. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sikhism (IPA: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is a religion that began in fifteenth century Northern India with the teachings of Nanak and nine successive gurus. ... Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. ... Hung Shing Temple Constructed before 1847, Hung Shing Temple on Queens Road East, in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, used to overlook the sea front. ... For other uses of the words tao and dao, see Dao (disambiguation). ... A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. It had subsequently been accepted by... Kuan Yin (Pinyin: Guanyin; also written Kwan Yin or in other variants which hyphenate or remove the space between the two words) is the bodhisattva of compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists. ... Hung Shing (洪聖), also known as Hung Shing Ye (洪聖爺) and Tai Wong (大王), was a government official in the Tang Dynasty named Hung Hei (洪熙) serving Pun Yue in present-day Guangdong, China. ... Confucian temple in Jiading district, Shanghai. ... Taoism is the English name for a cluster of Chinese religious and philosophical traditions. ... Folk religion consists of beliefs, superstitions and rituals transmitted from generation to generation of a specific culture. ... Bowrington Canal in 1920 Canal Road East (堅拿道東), Canal Road West (堅拿道西) and the Canal Road Flyover (堅拿道天橋) are important roads in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, Wan Chai District of Hong Kong. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... There are on average around 140,000 Filipinos in Hong Kong, of whom most are domestic workers. ... Oi Kwan Road (愛羣道) is a circular road that encircles the original site of Morrison Hill near Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple is in Hong Kong, on the junction of Queens Road East and Stubbs Road, Hong Kong Island. ...


Street entertainments

Wan Chai dwellers enjoy street entertainment, from street basketball to Chinese chess, from window shopping to soccer. Some people would dress in a very casual way when taking part of these pastimes: perhaps a T-shirt and a pair of shorts going along with a pair of flip-flops. People call this kind of outfit the "neighbour look". The Southorn Park would be the best rendezvous for social gathering due to its terrific location and zero entrance fee. Sitting on the stage aside, many senior citizens would like to spend an hour or two in the Park, chatting with their old mates, playing Chinese chess, or sometimes enjoying a football match. Similar to the Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, the Southorn Park provides ball fields for both soccer and basketball, which attract many sportive youngsters to have fun in there. Occasionally, three-player drill contests and hip hop dance competitions are held in the Park. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Streetball. ... Xiangqi (Chinese: 象棋; pinyin: xi , Wade-Giles: hsiang-chi; roughly pronounced shyang-chee; literally translated as elephant chess) is one of a family of strategic board games of which chess and shogi are also members. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... T-Shirt A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a shirt with short or long sleeves, a round neck, put on over the head, without pockets. ... In footwear and fashion, flip-flops are a kind of flat, backless sandal that consist of simple soles held on the foot by a V-shaped strap that passes between the toes and around either side of the foot, attached to the sole at three points. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... Statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Park Victoria Park (Chinese: 維多利亞公園, pinyin: Wei Duo Li Ya Gong Yuan) is a public park in Hong Kong, named after Queen Victoria. ... Large crowd of shoppers can be seen on Causeway Bay. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Breakdancer in Ljubljana, Slovenia. ...


Tourism and recreation

Groceries in Tai Yuen Street
Groceries in Tai Yuen Street

Each day, crowds of people come to the locality to experience its vitality and fascinating diversity. There are many world-class commercial complexes and skyscrapers, the most notable being the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Central Plaza for its height. At the same time, inimitable structural design reminding people of the past has also been preserved. Wan Chai's renowned historical spots and cultural vestiges include Old Wan Chai Post Office, Hong Kong's oldest post office and a declared monument, Hung Shing Temple which sees the seaside development one and a half centuries ago, and Pak Tai Temple where a bronze figurine is dedicated to Pak Tai. Moreover, a three-storeied, highlighted pergola with a pre-war frontispiece wall exhibiting reflective classical taste and the imaginative touch of customary buildings has been built right opposite to Li Chit Garden in Li Chit Street after the Garden's renovation. Image:DSCN1970. ... Image:DSCN1970. ... Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing Harbour view of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心; often abbreviated as HKCEC or 會展) is a convention and exhibition venue in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, the business hub of Hong... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Old Wan Chai Post Office - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Hung Shing Temple Constructed before 1847, Hung Shing Temple on Queens Road East, in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, used to overlook the sea front. ... Pak Tai (北帝; pinyin Bei Di) is a Taoist god of the North. ...

Wanchai Computer Centre where people can buy cheap computer equipment
Wanchai Computer Centre where people can buy cheap computer equipment

Wan Chai's streets are steeped in history and offer an astonishing range of shopping. Walking down Queen's Road East a number of excellent rattan and Chinese furniture shops could be hit upon. Spring Garden Lane and the stretch of Johnston Road near it are great places to pick up simple clothes and bags at very competitive prices. The market stalls exclusively sell products originally meant for export, meaning quality and price are very competitive. It also connects to local wet and dry markets, and so offers a multicultural experience in the heart of Wan Chai. Spring Garden Lane is in between Queen's Road East and Johnston Road. Image:DSCN1960. ... Image:DSCN1960. ... A painting of Queens Road Central in 1865 The Japanese army marched into the City on 26 December 1941, following the fall of Hong Kong. ... Rattan furniture - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The east end of the road Johnston Road (莊士敦道) is a major road in Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ...


Besides Sham Shui Po, which is located in Kowloon, people can buy low-priced computer hardwares and applications in the area. Interestingly enough, certain medium-sized shopping centres are named in numerals, such as Oriental 188, 328, and 298 Computer Centre. The Wanchai Computer Centre would be the most popular computer center in Wan Chai. In spite of the abundance of sophisticated computer equipment, pirated discs abound in the computer shops. Skyline of Sham Shui Po Sham Shui Po (Chinese: 深水埗; Cantonese IPA: , Jyutping: sam1 sui2 bo2, Yale: sam seuí bouh; Mandarin Pinyin: shen1 shui3 bu4; lit. ... In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon refers to the urban area made up of Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon, bordered by the Lei Yue Mun strait in the east, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Stonecutters Island in the west, Tates Cairn and Lion Rock in the north, and...

Central Plaza is a modern triangular office building. Completed in 1992, it stands near Wan Chai Bay and occupies 7,230 m². The land and construction costs totaled HK$ 5 billion. This 374-metre, 78-story high skyscraper was once Asia's tallest and the world's fourth tallest building. At present it is the second tallest in Hong Kong. The apex of Central Plaza is designed as a unique neon tower clock. It consists of four spandrel neon bands, each representing 15 minutes, and the colour changes from top to bottom. When the four bands are of the same colour, an hour has passed. Small and free art exhibitions are on on the second floor year round. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x623, 433 KB) Summary English: The Golden Bauhinia Square, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China The photograph was taken by Alan Mak in December, 2004. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x623, 433 KB) Summary English: The Golden Bauhinia Square, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China The photograph was taken by Alan Mak in December, 2004. ... The Golden Bauhinia Square at night The Golden Bauhinia Square (Chinese: 金紫荊廣場; pinyin: JÄ«n Zǐ JÄ«ng Guáng ChÇŽng) is an open area in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The Hong Kong dollar (currency code HKD) is the currency of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China, and has been the currency of Hong Kong since 1937. ...


More than an innovative clock, LightimeTM has become a new symbol of Hong Kong in a similar way to which the Eiffel Tower reminds people of Paris. Eiffel tower on Bastille Day The Eiffel Tower (French: , ) is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the River Seine in Paris, France. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ...


Located outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Golden Bauhinia Square, which witnessed the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, represents the end of British colonial rule and the return of the territory to China. A flag-raising ceremony is held there on a daily basis. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing Harbour view of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心; often abbreviated as HKCEC or 會展) is a convention and exhibition venue in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, the business hub of Hong... The Golden Bauhinia Square at night The Golden Bauhinia Square (Chinese: 金紫荊廣場; pinyin: Jīn Zǐ Jīng Guáng Chǎng) is an open area in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong. ... Special administrative region may be: Peoples Republic of China Special administrative regions, present-day administrative divisions (as of 2006) set up by the Peoples Republic of China to administer Hong Kong (since 1997) and Macau (since 1999) Republic of China Special administrative regions, also translated as special administrative...


Wan Chai Tai Fat Hau footbridge make an absorbing display of art available. Made up of 30,000 citizens' fingerprints, the sticker pictures on the 50 poles of the footbridge, designed by famous artists and lay out "50 landscapes of Wan Chai", are now in line for enclosure in Guinness World Records Primetime. The Footbridge Gallery is located at the junction of Hennessy Road and Queen's Road East. Description: This TV series was based on the Guinness Book of World Records, and aired on the FOX television network from July 1998 to October 2001. ... Hennessy Road (Chinese: 軒尼詩道) is a thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ...

Lovers' Rock reclines on the hillside of Bowen Road near Shiu Fai Terrace and looks like a stone pen sticking out of a stone base. This special looking rock is said to have granted happy marriages to pious worshippers. In certain days, couples who want a happy marriage come to the Lovers' Rock to burn joss sticks and candles in sincere worship. Many overseas tourists, attracted by its reputation, come to marvel at the Lovers' Rock. From that location, they can also enjoy a splendid view of the whole of Wan Chai District, Happy Valley Racecourse, Central Plaza, the Hopewell Centre and other famous buildings in the community. Image:DSCN1977. ... Image:DSCN1977. ... Old Wan Chai Post Office - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Bowen Road (寶雲道) is a road from the Mid-levels to Wong Nai Chung Gap of Hong Kong Island, on the slope above Central, Wan Chai and Happy Valley in Hong Kong. ... This page is a candidate to be copied to Wiktionary. ... ... Happy Valley Horse Racing Track is one of the two racecourses for horse racing in Hong Kong. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... View from side Hopewell Centre (合和中心) is a skyscraper in Hong Kong. ...


To appreciate a lush view of Wan Chai, tourists can take several routes up to the Peak. They may start from the old stone stairs facing Ship Street, or from the brae contiguous to Old Wan Chai Post Office and then ascend, step by step, to the top where grass and trees thrive. The flag-raising ceremony held every day at the Expo Promenade of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is always a must-see occasion that should not be missed; especially on July 1, the anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR and on October 1, the National Day, times when the ceremony is most spectacular. The view of Hong Kong, Kowloon and Victoria Harbour from the top of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong Island Victoria Peak or The Peak (太平山頂, 扯旗山, 爐峯, Tai Ping Shan, Mount Austin; usually referred to locally in Cantonese by the nickname Shàn Déng, 山頂, literally mountain peak) is a mountain in the... Ship Street (船街) is a street in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. ... Old Wan Chai Post Office - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Suzie Wong

To most foreigners, Wanchai is still synonymous with images of sailors and soldiers during the Vietnam war relaxing, and enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Wan Chai, especially along Lockhart Road. Decades after Suzie Wong was gone, the main attraction for locals and tourists alike are the large number of bars, mini discos, and eating establishments. Wan Chai can be enjoyed by young and old 24 hours a day even though in Western restaurants and bars where Thai, Filipino and Indonesian sex workers conduct their business, non-Southeast Asian women, including local women, might not feel comfortable and are sometimes unwelcome. The segregation is very distinct.


Cultural institutions

Near the waterfront are the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Arts Centre, two of the most popular venues for theatrical and cultural performances in Hong Kong. The Academy is a convenient venue to perform live art performances such as dramas, mini-concerts, dances, and musicals. Every year there are many Broadway musicals playing in the Academy, like Singin' in the Rain, Saturday Night Fever, and Annie, which gain overwhelming response from the locals. The Art Centre also houses a few galleries, rehearsal rooms, and restaurants that promote the views of the harbour. The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (Traditional Chinese: ), located near the north coast of Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong, is both an academic institution and a venue for performances ranging from amateur dramatics through to international professional appearances. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2005 A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Singin in the Rain is a 1952 musical film starring Gene Kelly, Donald OConnor, and Debbie Reynolds and directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, with Kelly also handling the choreography. ... Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 movie starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth whose weekend activities are dominated by visits to a Brooklyn discotheque. ... Annie is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. ...


On the right of the harbour is the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). A HK$ 4.8 billion convention centre extension was completed expeditiously in line with the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China. The extension covers over 16 acres (65,000 m²) of newly reclaimed land, adding an extra 38,000 m² of function space to the existing convention centre. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing Harbour view of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心; often abbreviated as HKCEC or 會展) is a convention and exhibition venue in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, the business hub of Hong... The Hong Kong dollar (currency code HKD) is the currency of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China, and has been the currency of Hong Kong since 1937. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The HKCEC is mainly a venue for international trade fairs, some of which are the biggest in the world, and conferences, but also for various cultural events in Hong Kong. Every year in July, there is a big book fair held in the Centre, promoting a good reading habit to Hong Kong people. Then a comic fair follows in the next month at the same location. Comics from different countries, likewise their spin-out products, can be found in such occasion; a cosplay competition would be held at the same time, and cosplay fans would dress up as their favourite comic or animation characters. The Hong Kong Book Fair (Traditional Chinese: 香港書展) is a fair organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, held annually at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, selling and exhibiting books, printed matters, stationery, printing, compact discs and other multimedia publishing. ... Cosplayers Cosplay ), a contraction (or portmanteau) of the English words costume and play, is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, or Japanese pop music bands. ...


The best view of the Centre is from Kowloon peninsula or on a ferry.


Urban decay and renewal

Old dilapidated buildings in metro area
Old dilapidated buildings in metro area
The new and the old in Wan Chai
The new and the old in Wan Chai
The "Blue House" in Stone Nullah Lane
The "Blue House" in Stone Nullah Lane
Lee Tung Street
Lee Tung Street
a printing shop closed down with a sign posted by the Urban Renewal Authority.
a printing shop closed down with a sign posted by the Urban Renewal Authority.

Wan Chai faces a serious problem of urban decay. In order to tackle the problem, the government has launched a series of urban renewal projects to bring new life into the area. Image:DSCN1967. ... Image:DSCN1967. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image:Blue house hk. ... Image:Blue house hk. ... Image:DSCN1974. ... Image:DSCN1974. ... Image:DSCN1973. ... Image:DSCN1973. ... Urban decay and renewal in Cincinnati Urban decay is the popular term for both the physical and social degeneration of cities and large towns. ... Blight often stands side-by-side with new structures during urban renewal efforts. ...


Examples

Two pilot townscape enhancement schemes, namely Stone Nullah Lane in Wan Chai and the area around Lan Kwai Fong and adjoining the Central District Central-Mid-Levels escalator (the Soho area), are proposed to preserve their unique local character and to enhance their attractiveness to tourists. For the Stone Nullah Lane area, it is proposed to form part of an adjoining redevelopment priority project area. The redevelopment project will be carefully designed to integrate with the preservation of a group of the adjoining buildings of heritage value. It will be carried out by the Urban Renewal Proposals. Lan Kwai Fong in the daytime. ... The night view of the Central as viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui on the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Central (Chinese: 中環; Jyutping: zung1 waan4; Cantonese IPA: ; Pinyin: Zhōnghuán) is an area located in Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... An entrance to the Central-Mid-levels escalator. ... Image:SoHo. ...


Demolition of Lee Tung Street

Lee Tung Street, better known by its local nickname "Wedding Card Street", is famous for its printing shops that sell custom-made wedding cards, coloured flashy red for luck. Despite efforts by local residents and conservationists to save the street's character, old buildings along the street are scheduled for demolition. Many proprietors have shut down their shops and moved out. Today, most stores have signs that say "This is an Urban Renewal Authority Property" on their front gates. Campaigners who fought to keep the street's character concede that the buildings are in poor shape, but they are sad to see Hong Kong losing another piece of its cultural identity. Road sign of Lee Tung Street. ... The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) is a statutory body in Hong Kong responsible for accelerating redevelopment to provide a better living environment and neighbourhood. ... Chinese people in Hong Kong have adopted many western folkways, but a substantial number of them still adhere to traditional Chinese traditions on various aspects of social living; for instance family solidarity, “courtesy and face” in interpersonal relationship. ...


Renovation of Tai Yuen Street

Visitors may gain a distinctive experience of bustling local street-stall shopping in Tai Yuen Street. About 200 huckster stalls sell a wide variety of dried goods, garments and household products there. Fascinating goods are offered at bargain prices. Some of them, such as dumplings, Chinese herbal medicine and preserved food are predominantly tourist attractions to overseas travellers. This is a place where old houses and modern mansions mingle, creating an interesting disparity. Today, as Wan Chai becomes a business hub, the government is planning to have these stalls moved into a new indoor market building. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Herbology is the art of combining medicinal herbs. ... Various preserved foods Food preservation is the process of treating and handling food in such a way as to stop or greatly slow down spoilage to prevent foodborne illness while maintaining nutritional value, texture and flavor. ...


Relocation

Commercial tenants face similar problems as their domestic counterparts in that low-cost premises are getting hard to find in Wan Chai. Affordable commercial space is not always available in newly-developed commercial buildings. Even owner-operators of commercial premises are unable to relocate in the same district because the compensation they get from the Urban Renewal Authority do not always match the purchase price of similar-sized properties in the same district. It was proposed, therefore, that options should be made available to owners or tenants so that they can choose between physical relocation by developers, cash compensation to allow them buy or rent elsewhere, or wind up their businesses altogether. The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) is a statutory body in Hong Kong responsible for accelerating redevelopment to provide a better living environment and neighbourhood. ...


Renewal of Southorn Playground

In partnership with the Wan Chai District Council, the British Council Hong Kong invited English designer, Thomas Heatherwick, and urban renewal specialist, Fred Manson, to lead a public art project at Southorn Playground. The project seeks to increase the amount of public space available with the use of art. Art in public spaces is about making art for the benefit of the citizens, the community who uses it. It is not about putting sculptures in a public area for people to look at. Instead, it is about establishing a relationship with the community and improving the quality of the environment. The project will endeavour to create a public art intervention in Southorn Playground, which will meet the community's needs and address the cultural complexities of Wan Chai. It is hoped that the project will serve as a model of community participatory approach in public art in Hong Kong. In summary, the project's objectives include: Logo of the British Council British Council building in London The British Council is a non-departmental public body and registered charity for cultural relations in the United Kingdom. ... The Rolling Bridge, London. ... Fred Manson is an urban renewal specialist from the United Kingdom. ... Southorn Playground in Wan Chai. ...

  • To create changes so people will take a fancy to it;
  • To make it better so people will benefit from it;
  • To bring it up to date so that it has new significance as Wan Chai's main square in the past, present and future, and
  • To make the playground a public art in its own right.

Sustainable development

Central and Wan Chai Reclamation

The floor plan of the Central and Wan Chai Reclamation
The floor plan of the Central and Wan Chai Reclamation
Banners brandished all over Lee Tung Street against the demolishing action of the government
Banners brandished all over Lee Tung Street against the demolishing action of the government

After the completion of the Central and Wan Chai Reclamation Feasibility Study in 1989, the then Land Development Policy Committee endorsed an idea of ongoing execution of the reclamation. The reclamation comprises three district development cells separated by parks, namely, Central, Tamar and Exhibition. These development cells were further divided into five phases. Image:Central a. ... Image:Central a. ... Image:DSCN1975. ... Image:DSCN1975. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Objectives

The proposed reclamation extends along the waterfront from Sheung Wan to Causeway Bay. The broad objectives of the project, inter alia, include :

  • to supply land for the Hong Kong Station and the extended overrun tunnel of the Airport Express;
  • to provide land for Central-Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link;
  • to offer land for the upcoming Shatin to Central Link;
  • to give land for the potential North Hong Kong Island Line;
  • to improve the surroundings of neighbouring crowded districts by providing supplementary open space on the new reclamation; and
  • to integrate the development with the existing areas.

The reclaimed land above the underground transport infrastructure could be used to construct a world-class waterfront promenade. Concourse of Hong Kong MTR station, Tung Chung Line side. ... This is the complete route map of the Airport Express. ... Island Eastern Corridor (Chinese: 東區走廊) is an expressway along the north shore of Hong Kong Island in the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. ... Sha Tin (Chinese: 沙田 Pinyin: Shātián, literally Sandy Farm), formerly named Lek Yuen (Chinese: 瀝源 Pinyin: Lìyuán, literally Source of Trickling or Source of Clear Water), is one of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. ... Look up Central in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (Traditional Chinese: 香港島; Simplified Chinese: 香港岛; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dou2; Mandarin Pinyin: XiānggÇŽngdÇŽo) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory... A Promenade is a seaside walkway constructed so that people can enjoy walking near the sea without getting their clothes wet and dirty. ...


Wan Chai Development Project

Phase I

Wan Chai Reclamation Phase I (also known as Island Reclamation for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Extension) includes the formation of an island of 70,000 m² by reclamation at the northern side of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to supply land for building an additional room to the Centre. The island configuration is to ensure that water quality in the vicinity remained at satisfactory levels after reclamation was completed. Works commenced in March 1994 and were completed in July 1997. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing Harbour view of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心; often abbreviated as HKCEC or 會展) is a convention and exhibition venue in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, the business hub of Hong... Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing Harbour view of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre New Wing The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心; often abbreviated as HKCEC or 會展) is a convention and exhibition venue in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, the business hub of Hong... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Phase II

Wan Chai Development Phase II extends along the water's edge from the Central Reclamation Phase III to Causeway Bay. This project together with Central Reclamation Phases I, II and III will mainly provide land for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass and the Island Eastern Corridor Link, the Hong Kong Island section of the Shatin to Central Link and the North Hong Kong Island Line. The project is being reviewed at the moment. Large crowd of shoppers can be seen on Causeway Bay. ... Island Eastern Corridor (Chinese: 東區走廊) is an expressway along the north shore of Hong Kong Island in the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. ... Sha Tin (Chinese: 沙田 Pinyin: Shātián, literally Sandy Farm), formerly named Lek Yuen (Chinese: 瀝源 Pinyin: Lìyuán, literally Source of Trickling or Source of Clear Water), is one of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. ... Look up Central in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Island Line (MTR) - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Public opposition

Not everyone welcomed with the reclamation plan warmly. Some Hong Kong residents thought the action was totally unnecessary; it did nothing good, merely reducing the size of Victoria Harbour. Instead of building a bypass, the opponents urge the government to start an electronic road toll scheme in the community. In October 2003, close to 1,000 protesters marched on the Central Government Offices calling for a halt to reclamation work in the harbour. They also promised to follow up with a three-pronged protest next month using land, sea and air to get their message across. The march was one of several protests in recent weeks over harbour projects, which the government says are necessary to ease traffic congestion in Central. The government had lost the first round of a court battle, but then appealed against the decision. Victoria Harbour The night view of the Victoria Harbour with the skyscrapers in Central behind, viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui Victoria Harbour (Traditional Chinese: 維多利亞港; Simplified Chinese: 维多利亚港; Cantonese Jyutping: wai4 do1 lei6 aa3 gong2; Mandarin Pinyin: Wéiduōlìyà Gǎng) is the harbour between the Kowloon Peninsula and the... Many ETC systems use transponders like this one to electronically debit the accounts of registered cars without their stopping Transponder used in some Chilean freeways Electronic toll collection (ETC), an adaptation of military identification friend or foe technology, aims to eliminate the delay on toll roads. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Among the protesters was Save Our Shorelines spokesman John Bowden who, like many among the group, was dressed in blue. The Society for the Protection of the Harbour applied for a stay of order and judicial review in September 2003, prohibiting the government from continuing with the third phase of the Central reclamation project. The government resumed work to reclaim 230,000 m² of the harbour last week after the society failed in its bid to get hold of a court order to provisionally halt work ahead of December's judicial review. The government finally won the lawsuit, and the reclamation continued under immense social dissatisfaction. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Mega Tower

Hopewell Holdings Limited was planning to build an entertainment complex and a hotel, Mega Tower, in the areas of Ship Street and Kennedy Road. The latest planning proposal was rejected by the Town Planning Board. The development is now on hold, and Hopewell is planning to appeal. Ship Street (船街) is a street in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. ... Kennedy Road (堅尼地道) is a road in the Mid-levels on the Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ...


Transport

Geographically, Wan Chai is in the midway between the west (West Point and Central) and the east (Causeway Bay and North Point) of the Hong Kong Island, thus linking up all major roads and traffic pathways on the Island. Consequently, a transport network with a high accessibility is highly demanded. Now, Wan Chai has an efficient yet complicated transport network, merely due to various reclamations in the locality. Several highways were built to connect neighbouring districts. Like most of Hong Kong's urban areas, public transport is the common mode of travel for the majority of Wan Chai residents. So as to cater 600,000 people from different districts gathering every day to school, work, and shop in Wan Chai, a wide range of public transport services is offered to allow smooth enormous population movements during peak hours. Sai Wan - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The night view of the Central as viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui on the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Central (Chinese: 中環; Jyutping: zung1 waan4; Cantonese IPA: ; Pinyin: Zhōnghuán) is an area located in Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... Large crowd of shoppers can be seen on Causeway Bay. ... North Point (北角; Min Nan: Pak-kak, Jyutping: bak1 gok3; Cantonese IPA: ) is an area of Hong Kong, located in the northern part of Hong Kong Island. ... The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (Traditional Chinese: 香港島; Simplified Chinese: 香港岛; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dou2; Mandarin Pinyin: Xiānggǎngdǎo) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory...


Main roads and tunnels

Gloucester Road in Wan Chai
Gloucester Road in Wan Chai

Gloucester Road is also connected to the first underwater tunnel in Hong Kong, the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, connecting Hong Kong Island at Kellet Island (a former island now connected to Hong Kong Island by reclamation) and a reclaimed site at Hung Hom Bay in Kowloon. The Tunnel provides a direct linkage between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, making it possible to drive directly between the isolated island and the peninsula. Prior to the tunnel's opening, cross-harbour vehicular traffic depended solely upon ferries. With the tunnel linking the main financial districts on both sides of Victoria Harbour, it became the busiest route in Hong Kong, with (as of March 2005) 121,700 vehicles using it daily. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Toll plaza of Cross Harbour Tunnel at Hung Hom Kowloon Entrance of XHT The area around the entrance of the Cross Harbour Tunnel at the Island side in the 1970s, when the tunnel was being contructed. ... The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (Traditional Chinese: 香港島; Simplified Chinese: 香港岛; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dou2; Mandarin Pinyin: XiānggÇŽngdÇŽo) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory... Kellett Island (奇力島, also 燈籠洲 in Chinese) is a former island in Hong Kong. ... In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon refers to the urban area made up of Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon, bordered by the Lei Yue Mun strait in the east, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Stonecutters Island in the west, Tates Cairn and Lion Rock in the north, and... A peninsula in Croatia A peninsula (from the latin words paene insula, almost island) is a geographical landform consisting of an extension of a body of land from a larger body of land, surrounded by water on three sides. ...

Aberdeen Tunnel (Chinese: 香港仔隧道) is a tunnel linking Happy Valley and Wong Chuk Hang near Aberdeen on the Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... Canal Road East (堅拿道東), Canal Road West (堅拿道西) and the Canal Road Flyover (堅拿道天橋) are important roads in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, Wan Chai District of Hong Kong. ... Toll plaza of Cross Harbour Tunnel at Hung Hom Kowloon Entrance of XHT The area around the entrance of the Cross Harbour Tunnel at the Island side in the 1970s, when the tunnel was being contructed. ... Gloucester Road (Chinese: 告士打道) is a major road in the north of Wan Chai and East Point on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ... Hennessy Road (Chinese: 軒尼詩道) is a thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ...

Mass Transit Railway

A road directory in the Wan Chai MTR Station
A Wan Chai street chock-full with buses and taxis
A Wan Chai street chock-full with buses and taxis

The main MTR railway is beneath Hennessy Road in the locality. Due to the large area of Wan Chai, more than 50 entry/exit gates and 8 entrances/exits are set up. One of the entrances/exits is on the footbridge along O'Brien Road, which leads to Immigration Tower in Wan Chai North. Image:MTR Wan Chai station (2). ... Image:MTR Wan Chai station (2). ... Platform of Wan Chai station Wikimedia Commons has more media related to: Wan Chai (MTR) Wan Chai (Chinese: 灣仔, Jyutping: Waan1 Zai2, Pinyin: Wānzǎi) is a station on Island line of Hong Kongs MTR. It serves Wan Chai. ... Image:DSCN1965. ... Image:DSCN1965. ... This article is about the metro system in Hong Kong. ... Hennessy Road (Chinese: 軒尼詩道) is a thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ...

This article is about the metro system in Hong Kong. ... Causeway Bay MTR station on the Island Line. ... Platform of Wan Chai station Wikimedia Commons has more media related to: Wan Chai (MTR) Wan Chai (Chinese: 灣仔, Jyutping: Waan1 Zai2, Pinyin: Wānzǎi) is a station on Island line of Hong Kongs MTR. It serves Wan Chai. ...

Trams

Trams serve between Shau Kei Wan on the east of the island, and Kennedy Town on the west, with a branch circuit in Happy Valley. The route serves the Johnston Road and Hennessy Road at Wan Chai. Shau Kei Wan (Traditional Chinese: 筲箕灣) or Shaukeiwan, Shaukiwan is a town in Eastern District, Hong Kong. ... Kennedy Town (堅尼地城) is at the western end of Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... A pedestrain footpath in Happy Valley previously used by horses to get to the racecourse. ... The east end of the road Johnston Road (莊士敦道) is a major road in Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ... Hennessy Road (Chinese: 軒尼詩道) is a thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ...


Buses

Most buses travel in Wan Chai from Admiralty to Causeway Bay via Hennessy Road, whereas some would use Johnston Road or Gloucester Road as detours. Old Admiralty House, Whitehall, London, Thomas Ripley, architect, 1723-26, was not admired by his contemporaries and earned him some scathing couplets from Alexander Pope The Admiralty was historically the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ... Large crowd of shoppers can be seen on Causeway Bay. ... Hennessy Road (Chinese: 軒尼詩道) is a thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... The east end of the road Johnston Road (莊士敦道) is a major road in Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ...

  • NWFB: 2, 2A, 2X, 8, 8P, 15, 18, 18P, 19, 23, 23A, 23B, 25, 26, 38, 42, 63, 66, 81, 720, M722
  • Citybus: 1, 5, 5B, 6, 6X, 8X, 10, 11, 37A, 37B, 40, 40M, 70, 72, 72A, 76, 77, 85, 90, 92, 96, 97, 260, 592, 780, 788, 789, to and from airport via WHC: A11, A12, E11
  • Tunnel buses:

There is a bus terminal opposite the Star Ferry Pier. General New World First Bus Services Limited (First Bus, or NWFB) was established in 1998, taking over China Motor Buss franchise to provide bus services on Hong Kong Island together with Citybus. ... Citybus is one of the three major bus operators in Hong Kong. ... The Western Harbour Crossing (abbreviation WHC; Chinese: 西區海底隧道) is an underwater tunnel in Hong Kong. ... Toll plaza of Cross Harbour Tunnel at Hung Hom Kowloon Entrance of XHT The area around the entrance of the Cross Harbour Tunnel at the Island side in the 1970s, when the tunnel was being contructed. ... Entrance to Eastern Harbour Crossing at Cha Kwo Ling with tollgates EHC redirects here. ... The Western Harbour Crossing (abbreviation WHC; Chinese: 西區海底隧道) is an underwater tunnel in Hong Kong. ... Lower deck of a Star Ferry in the morning Old Star Ferry Pier in Central, Hong Kong. ...


Taxis

Main article: Taxicabs of Hong Kong

Only red taxis serve in Wan Chai. Fares are charged according to distance travelled and waiting time, measured by a meter on board, and surcharges for luggages, pets and adjoining tolled tunnels. Besides some restricted kerbs in the highways, there are some designated pick-up and drop-off points exclusively for taxis in the region. Most taxis are independently owned and operated, but some are owned by taxi companies and the drivers are the employees. An urban red taxi in Hong Kong. ... Curb, gutter, and storm drain A curb or kerb (see spelling differences) is the edge where a raised pavement/sidewalk/footpath, road median, or road shoulder meets an unraised street or other roadway. ...


Minibus

Public light buses (usually referred to as minibuses, also known as maxicabs) run the length and breadth of Hong Kong, through areas which the standard bus lines cannot or do not reach as frequently, quickly or directly. Minibuses carry a maximum of 16 seated passengers; no standing passengers are allowed.


There are two types of minibus: green minibus and red minibus. In general, green minibuses operate scheduled service, with fixed routes and fixed fares. Red minibuses run on non-scheduled service, although some routes may in effect become fixed over time. Minibuses typically offer a faster and more efficient transportation solution due to their small size, limited carrying capacity, frequency and diverse range of routes, although they are generally slightly more expensive than standard buses. The popularity of public light bus services in Hong Kong is due to the high population densities which are needed to support the extensive network of minibus routes.

West Point or Sai Wan (西環) is an area in Hong Kong that corresponds to Sai Ying Pun, Shek Tong Tsui, Belcher Bay and Kennedy Town. ... Large crowd of shoppers can be seen on Causeway Bay. ... Daimaru (大丸) (TYO: 8234) is a corporation that operates department stores throughout Japan. ... Shau Kei Wan (Traditional Chinese: 筲箕灣) or Shaukeiwan, Shaukiwan is a town in Eastern District, Hong Kong. ... Tsuen Wan (Chinese: 荃灣, formerly also Tsun Wan) is a bay in the New Territories, Hong Kong, opposite to Tsing Yi Island across Rambler Channel. ... Public estates in Sheung Shui. ... Yuen Long (元朗, Jyutping: jyun4 long5, pinyin: Yuánlǎng) (used to be known as Un Long), one of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, located in the North-West of the New Territories, is a post-war new town set in the centre of Hong Kongs largest alluvial plain. ...

Ferries

Main article: Wan Chai Pier
A pararoma of Wan Chai Pier Transportation Interchange
A pararoma of Wan Chai Pier Transportation Interchange

Star Ferry, the sole ferry operator in the area, offers several lines across the Victoria Harbour, from HKCEC, Wan Chai to Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui or to Whampoa Garden in Hung Hom. Even though there are now more modern ways to cross the harbour by MTR and road tunnels, the Star Ferry continues to provide an efficient, popular and inexpensive mode of crossing the harbour. The route is also popular with tourists, and tickets for visitors, which permit unlimited travel, are offered. All ferries have chimneys in purple colour. The Wan Chai Pier (Chinese: 灣仔碼頭) , often called Wan Chai Ferry, is a pier at the coast of Wan Chai North on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (5938x1310, 1315 KB) A pararoma taken at Wan Chai Pier Transportation Interchange. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (5938x1310, 1315 KB) A pararoma taken at Wan Chai Pier Transportation Interchange. ... Lower deck of a Star Ferry in the morning Old Star Ferry Pier in Central, Hong Kong. ... Victoria Harbour The night view of the Victoria Harbour with the skyscrapers in Central behind, viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui Victoria Harbour (Traditional Chinese: 維多利亞港; Simplified Chinese: 维多利亚港; Cantonese Jyutping: wai4 do1 lei6 aa3 gong2; Mandarin Pinyin: Wéiduōlìyà Gǎng) is the harbour between the Kowloon Peninsula and the... The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is a convention and exhibition facilities in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island. ... Currently (as at 2005), the Musgrave Park Cultural Centre is under consturction, in collaboration with the local Indigenous community and the Musgrave Park Cultural Centre Inc. ... The Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui is a famous landmark of Hong Kong. ... The landmark of Whampoa Garden, a ship-like shopping centre building. ... Hung Hom Kwun Yum Temple Hong Kong Polytechnic University The landmark of Whampoa Garden, a ship-like shopping centre building. ... This article is about the metro system in Hong Kong. ...


Star Ferry Pier is located at Convention Avenue.


Wan Chai in Fiction

  • Wan Chai is a prominent location in the video game Deus Ex. Many architectural and geographical elements are represented faithfully considering the graphics technology of the time (2000).
  • Wan Chai is also in the Video Game Shenmue II. It is divided into 7 quarters.

This article is about an interactive computer and video game. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shenmue II is the sequel to the Sega Dreamcast Modern Action Adventure, RPG, FREE game Shenmue, written and directed by Yu Suzuki. ...

See also

Wan Chai District
(Victoria Harbour)
Central and Western District

Main borders and locations ... Large crowd of shoppers can be seen on Causeway Bay. ... The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (Traditional Chinese: ), located near the north coast of Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong, is both an academic institution and a venue for performances ranging from amateur dramatics through to international professional appearances. ... Wan Chai Sports Ground Running track in the Wan Chai Sports Ground Wan Chai Sports Ground (Chinese: 灣仔運動場) is located in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... ... Victoria Harbour The night view of the Victoria Harbour with the skyscrapers in Central behind, viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui Victoria Harbour (Traditional Chinese: 維多利亞港; Simplified Chinese: 维多利亚港; Cantonese Jyutping: wai4 do1 lei6 aa3 gong2; Mandarin Pinyin: Wéiduōlìyà GÇŽng) is the harbour between the Kowloon Peninsula and the... Location within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Click here for satellite image) District Council Chairman Chan Tak-chor Constituencies 15 Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 12. ...

Eastern District

Causeway Bay | Happy Valley | Jardine's Lookout | Stubbs Road | Tai Hang | Wan Chai | Wan Chai North | Wong Nai Chung Gap The Eastern district (東區) is one of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. ... Large crowd of shoppers can be seen on Causeway Bay. ... A pedestrain footpath in Happy Valley previously used by horses to get to the racecourse. ... Jardines Lookout (Chinese: 渣甸山) , named after William Jardine, is a moutain located on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong S.A.R., China and is a wealthy residential area. ... Stubbs Road connects Happy Valley and The Peak area on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... Tai Hang in the 1980s. ... A Chow Sang Sang jewelry shop, aged over 40 years Tai Yau Arcade in Wan Chai Old-fashioned shops in Wan Chai squatters are typical examples of modern Lingnan architecture, compared to those found in Guangzhou and Taipei. ... Wong Nai Chung Gap (黃泥涌峽) is a geographic gap in the middle of Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. ...

Southern District

The Southern District (南區) is one of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. ...

Bibliography

Documents

  • A Study on Historical and Architectural Context of Wan Chai Market written by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects. May 2004. (Adobe Acrobat pdf format)

Project pages 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Renewal of the surface coating of an adobe wall in Chamisal, New Mexico Adobe is a natural building material composed of sand, sandy clay and straw or other organic materials, which is shaped into bricks using wooden frames and dried in the sun. ... Adobe Acrobat was the first software to support Adobe Systems Portable Document Format (PDF). ...

  • "Wan Chai ‧Today‧Tomorrow and After" Roadshow
  • Save Wan Chai Market Action
  • Wan Chai Memory‧Photo and Writing Competition

Press

  • Renovation of Southorn Playground by Ta Kung Pao. 29 March 2005.

Website Cover of the first issue Ta Kung Pao (Chinese: 大公報; formerly LImpartial) is the oldest active Chinese language newspaper in China. ...

  • Hong Kong Fun in 18 Districts — Wan Chai
  • Remembering Wanchai – A Community Oral History Project conducted by the University of Hong Kong Centre of Asian Studies
  • Centamap, providing information of transport in Wan Chai

The University of Hong Kong (HKU ; Chinese: 香港大學; Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 daai6 hok6; Mandarin Pinyin: ), is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong, China. ...

External links

Official websites

  • Wan Chai District Council
  • Hong Kong Fun in 18 Districts — Wan Chai

Personal website

  • A memoir of a Wan Chai District resident (Traditional Chinese only)

Other websites

  • Retracing the Wan Chai Coastline — with oral history interviews with old residents (Traditional Chinese only)
  • More pictures of Wan Chai

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