Wan Chai Heritage Trail

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Wan Chai Heritage Trail
Points of Interest & Landmarks
The area
Neighborhood: Sheung Wan
Unlike most of Hong Kong’s other popular districts, Sheung Wan welcomes wanderers with an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. Art galleries are plentiful and boutique cafés are tucked away in every side street in the sub district known as “PoHo.” Browse through the vintage clothing and handmade leather goods stores – it’s no surprise fashionistas flock to this area. History enthusiasts will be rewarded with sites of beautiful architecture, reflecting Sheung Wan’s past as one of the earliest settlements by British forces. As night falls, the entertainment scene reveals itself to be just as laid back with its private kitchens, speakeasies and underground bars dotted throughout the area. When in Sheung Wan, everyday feels like the weekend.
How to get there
  • Sai Ying Pun • 5 min walk
  • Sheung Wan • 8 min walk
Popular mentions

11 reviews
Very good

United Kingdom4,950 contributions
Temples, Street Markets and Colourful Tong Lau Houses
Feb 2021
This is an easy, mostly flat walking trail around historic areas of Wan Chai that includes temples and market streets still operating today. Despite more recent development, Wan Chai is not short of history. It’s still one of those wonderful parts of Hong Kong where you can see the old world and traditional practices, sitting cheek by jowl alongside the modern and the new.
The Heritage Walking Trail takes in 15 sites but the most interesting ones are the
small Hung Shing Temple (1847), the large Pak Tai Temple (1862), the colourful Blue, Orange, Green & Yellow tong lau Houses, the lively Tai Yuen Street Open Market and the pretty Gresson flower street.
All of the buildings or site that are open to the public, have free entry and the AMO (Antiquities and Monuments Office) government website will direct you to the trail map from (as well as several other heritage walking trails around Hong Kong).
Written March 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hong Kong, China139,181 contributions
Good heritage trail with 15 stops in the Wanchai District
Nov 2020
This is a self-guided walking route which takes in 15 historic buildings and points of interest in the Wanchai District of Hong Kong Island. The trail concept was formed in 2009 as a way to promote the local heritage and history while preserving unique architecture found in district.

There is a good map available on the Urban Renewal Authority website that can be found fairly easily through google search. It shows the designated walking route with each of the 15 stopping points. These include in order of suggested visit (obviously you can do the trail in reverse as well):

Stop 1 - Green House (Comix Home Base)
Stop 2 - HK TB Chest & Heart Disease Association
Stop 3 - Wanchai Market Building
Stop 4 - Blue House
Stop 5 - Yellow House
Stop A - Pak Tai Temple
Stop B - Former Wan Chai Post Office
Stop C - Tai Yuen Street Open Market
Stop 6 - Nos 186-190 Queen's Road East Shophouses
Stop D - Hung Shing Temple
Stop 7 - No 60A-86 Johnston Road Shophouse (The Pawn)
Stop 8 - No. 18 Ship Street - Shophouse
Stop 9 - Nam Kou Terrace
Stop E - Gresson Street Market
Stop 10 - Star Street Precinct (former No 31 Wing Fung Street)

The Wanchai Heritage Trail can be completed by foot in 1.5-2 hours depending on your walking speed and how time you spend at various stops along the way. If you want to stop for food and drinks or stay longer at any of the attractions along the way, best to allow for up to 3 hours to complete the trail.

The sponsored map from the Urban Renewal Authorities website includes a second page with brief description of each inclusion on trail. However, for more specifics and details about each place, visit the HK Extras website. There you'll find a considerably more comprehensive report on the various stops to make along the Wanchai Heritage Trail.
Written December 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hong Kong, China139,181 contributions
Gresson Street - CNY flower market during the holiday season
Feb 2018 • Couples
One of the interesting stops to make on the Wan Chai Heritage Trail is Gresson Street, which is lined with street market stalls.

During Chinese New Year season (late Jan - mid Feb annually), Gresson Street becomes a very attractive flower market. This is a much unknown hot spot to see and potentially purchase traditional Chinese New Year flowers and plants.

Smaller in size and scale to places like the Victoria Park and Mongkok Flower markets, you will still find the popular and famous seasonal purchases such as lucky bamboo, kumquat trees, orchids, peach blossoms and other flower and plants associated with CNY.

The street is quite photogenic at this time of year for those who intend to visit and spend time in Wan Chai.
Written February 11, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mankato, MN185 contributions
Like being in the country in the middle of the city
Feb 2017 • Business
Looking for some exercise? Take Wan Chai Gap "road" ( it's really a trail with no cars) up to the top or stop midway and rest your legs and head either direction on the flat trail that traverses the mountain. Lots of runners, walkers, tai chi-ers, and pet walkers. Fantastic views all over. It's In the jungle so it's shaded mostly but it's a sporty hike to get up there from the Wan Chai area. If you are looking for a quiet, aggressive hike, head up and over Wan Chai Gap to Aberdeen Country Park on the south side. Miles and miles of hilly terrain trails, reservoirs and beautiful waterfalls to see. A great way to get out of the city on foot.
Written July 23, 2017
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Lindsay W
210 contributions
Starts off strenuous
Nov 2015 • Family
We started at Queens Rd east Wanchai and walked up to Kennedy Road, take a left until you reach Bamboo Grove cross over and climb the steps. The trail is well signed. The first 45 minutes is steep and we rested several times. Once you get to Stubbs Rd it is a much easier walk.At the end of the walk we took #6 bus back to Central. The views are lovely and it is a good work out for those who are able. I would suggest you only try this walk if you have a reasonable level of fitness.
Written December 3, 2015
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Donna S
Florence, WI1,601 contributions
Take a peek at one of Hong Kong's oldest neighborhoods
Oct 2015 • Solo
Wanchai is one of Hong Kong's oldest neighborhoods. There is an active "Neighborhood Cultural/Social Preservation Project" here that provides various community events, tours and exhibits throughout the year, for students and also the general public. Their mission is to enhance understanding and develop pride in the area's heritage. "Blue House" is the center of this project, and is a building which was formerly a tenement housing as many as 70 people per room, altho 35-40 was more typical, some of whom occupied the space in shifts. There was no water and no toilets in the tenement; the municipality collected "night soil" buckets daily as a public health measure. "Model quarters" are not part of the site, but there are a few artifacts, and a lot of photographs. The volunteer docent is a very nice gentleman who grew up in the area; unfortunately, his English is limited. He did tell me that the buildings in the area are painted in such vibrant colors (pink, chartreuse, blue, yellow) because the paint was surplus donated by the government, and residents used what they could get. I'm a history buff, so details about lesser known places like this are appealing to me. You have to decide for yourself if it's worth your time.
Written October 22, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hong Kong, China139,181 contributions
Wan Chai Heritage Trail - Nice place to see heritage buildings in HK
Aug 2014 • Couples
The Wan Chai Heritage Trail was formed in 2009 in cooperation between the Wan Chai Revitalisation Initiatives Special Committee and the Hong Kong Urban Renewal Authority as a way to promote area history, heritage, culture and to preserve unique 19th century architecture styles found here that are fast becoming lost to Hong Kong.

The Wan Chai Trail includes a host of interesting different historic buildings, temples and market places on or near Queen's Road East. These include The Green House (Burrow's street), Blue House, Yellow House, old Ruttonjee Hospital building, buildings Nos. 186-190 and the Old Wan Chai Market building.

Two temples, around Queen's Road are also included. These are Hung Shing Temple and Pak Tai Temple (Lung On Street) as well as several open market areas, Cross Street, Tai Yuen Street and Gresson Street.

Other trail inclusions are the historic Pawn and Ovologue buildings on Johnston Street, building No 18 and Nam Koo Terrace on Ship Street as well as the nearby Starstreet Precinct.

Overall, you can stroll the area and see each of these heritage buildings and sites in around 2-3 hours depending if you stop at any neighbourhood restaurants or bars. The Pawn is now a popular bar/restaurant and there are quite a few options on Ship Street and within the recently developed Star Street Precinct.
Written August 6, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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