What’s better than exploring the local area with a true local? Wanchai is one of the oldest district in Hong Kong with the highest number of tenement houses. In this tour, we’ll explore different historical buildings along one of the oldest main road in Hong Kong. Meet me at Kam Fung Cafe to start with a light breakfast or afternoon tea, and the tour will begin as follows:
1) Kam Fung Cafe - Visit this local cafe and taste one of the most famous snack and drink in Hong Kong -- Pineapple bun with butter and HK-style milk tea. You’ll get to know the daily eating habits of the locals.
2) The Blue House - We’ll visit the Grade 1 historical building in Hong Kong. You’ll take a look at the building’s architecture, the antiques donated by residents, learn about the history of the area and how it evolved into the current community. Your guide will give you a better understanding of the historical background, local’s’ way of living and people’s mentality.
3) 18 Ship Street -We’ll visit this Grade 2 historical building. Have you thought of how the local lived and ran their business in this well-preserved and unique tenement house in the 60s. Want to have a glimpse of how it looked like before the redevelopment. The descendant of the architect and ex-owner will unveil it for you.
4) Wo Cheong Pawn Shop - It is a grade 2 listed heritage with the Pawn shop on the ground floor and the whole tenement building for appreciation. Pawn shop was used to be a prevailing local business. How it ran and who it served. How did the industry survive till now. What’s the characteristic of of a tenement building. We’ll learn more by appreciating this listed heritage.
5)Lockhart Road - Make a wild guess how many bars there are along this road! Why is it so popular! You’ll discover a different side of Hong Kong, where people would generally avoid talking about it.
6) Lee Tung Avenue - Did you know that it was formerly called “Wedding Invitation Street” by the local! It has now become a balanced of old meeting new, west meeting east featuring the traditional chinese wedding culture. Have you ever been to a traditional Chinese wedding. They can only be visualized if you discover it with us.
MTR is just next to Lee Tung Avenue where you can easily get on your way to visit other parts of Hong Kong and continue exploring on your own.