Located in the north-west of Hong Kong Island, between Central and Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan is a busy and highly commercialized area with shops and buildings that provide glimpse of Hong Kong's colonial past and modern present.
It is sometimes referred to as the Gateway District because it was where the British first entered and occupied Hong Kong. The site of the original occupation of Hong Kong Island by British forces in 1842 was at Possession Street, between Queen's Road Central and Hollywood Road and is considered a part of the historical Victoria City.
Recognizing its historical importance is a plaque that can be found in Hollywood Road Park at the top of Possession Street. The foot of Possession Street, aptly called Possession Point, was at that time on the shoreline, but is now several hundred yards inland due to reclamation.
Because of its strategic location (surrounded by Sai Ying Pun in the west, Central in the east, Victoria Harbour in the north and Mid-levels in the south), Sheung Wan is always abuzz with activity. It is used to be known for its Chinese antique shops and dried-fish stores. Today, it has established itself as an upscale bohemian hub after posh bars and restaurants, boutiques and art galleries sprouted in the area to cater to the hip Hong Kong crowd looking for an alternative hang out.
A chic hotel, Hotel de Edge by Rhombus, offers great accommodations to budget-conscious travelers looking for excellent service. The the 32-story hotel is known for its streamlined rooms, free Wi-Fi, and sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.
Some of the most popular attractions and tourist destinations in the area are Hollywood Road Park, Blake Garden, Man Mo Temple, Sheun Wan Civic Center, Ladder Street, The Center (fifth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong) and the Western Market (one of the oldest structures in the district).
To get to the Sheung Wan District, take the MTR and get off at the Sheung Wan Station. Then take the exit for the Western Market and walk west.
Attractions in Sheung Wan District, Hong Kong