Wanchai Cultural Heritage Tour

10 minutes from The Charterhouse Causeway Bay, Wan Chai is one of Hong Kong's earliest settlements and has an interesting heritage, possessing many fine historic buildings from different periods. The district was once the home of high-class residences for rich Europeans and foreign merchants and shipyards were built along the shores of Wan Chai Bay before reclamation eventually saw the transition from small fishing village to modern urban metropolis.
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NAM KOU TERRACE (Ship Street) - Built 1918 by the tycoon To Chun-man. It has been vacant since his death but was purchased by Hopewell Holdings in the 1970’s for redevelopment. Built in both Chinese and Western architectural styles and also known as the “Red House” owing to the colour of its bricks. Reaching Nam Kou Terrace involves climbing a long steep set of steps.

NAM KOU TERRACE (Ship Street) - Built 1918 by the tycoon To Chun-man. It has been vacant since his death but was purchased by Hopewell Holdings in the 1970’s for redevelopment. Built in both Chinese and Western architectural styles and also known as the “Red House” owing to the colour of its bricks. Reaching Nam Kou Terrace involves climbing a long steep set of steps.

Guangzhou Verandah Type Shophouse now known as “The Pawn” and splendidly restored to its original outlook. Built early 20th century with deep verandah in response to the tropical climate. Now houses restaurants.

Guangzhou Verandah Type Shophouse now known as “The Pawn” and splendidly restored to its original outlook. Built early 20th century with deep verandah in response to the tropical climate. Now houses restaurants.

HUNG SHING TEMPLE (Queens Road East) – Built mid-19th century against a boulder protruding inside which is used as a small altar table. “Shiwan” ceramic pottery decorations adorn the roof. Adjacent is Kwun Yin Temple built about 1910.

HUNG SHING TEMPLE (Queens Road East) – Built mid-19th century against a boulder protruding inside which is used as a small altar table. “Shiwan” ceramic pottery decorations adorn the roof. Adjacent is Kwun Yin Temple built about 1910.

Guangzhou Verandah Type Shophouse built 1930’s with reinforced concrete. Tai Shing Goldsmith and Chi Sang Goldsmith operated there until 2005.

Guangzhou Verandah Type Shophouse built 1930’s with reinforced concrete. Tai Shing Goldsmith and Chi Sang Goldsmith operated there until 2005.

Wan Chai Ex Post Office, Hong Kong - Built 1915 and now an environmental resource centre. The letter pigeon holes are still preserved.

Wan Chai Ex Post Office, Hong Kong - Built 1915 and now an environmental resource centre. The letter pigeon holes are still preserved.

CROSS STREET/TAI YUEN STREET OPEN MARKET – typical of street markets personified in films such as “The World of Suzie Wong”. Tai Yuen Street is also famous for its toy shops.

CROSS STREET/TAI YUEN STREET OPEN MARKET – typical of street markets personified in films such as “The World of Suzie Wong”. Tai Yuen Street is also famous for its toy shops.

PAK TAI TEMPLE (Stone Nullah Lane) – Built 1862 in Chinese courtyard style and renovated 2005. Decorations include Chinese stone and wood carvings. The “Shiwan” pottery roof exhibits Cantonese opera stories.

PAK TAI TEMPLE (Stone Nullah Lane) – Built 1862 in Chinese courtyard style and renovated 2005. Decorations include Chinese stone and wood carvings. The “Shiwan” pottery roof exhibits Cantonese opera stories.

The famous Blue House in Wanchai

The famous Blue House in Wanchai

Blue House, a Grade 1 Historic Building on Stone Nullah Lane, currently houses Hong Kong House of Stories, a community project which organises exhibitions, community classes and trains locals as cultural tour guides. It is open daily except Wednesdays and public holidays. Blue House is subject of a revitalization project, due to commence in 2014

Blue House, a Grade 1 Historic Building on Stone Nullah Lane, currently houses Hong Kong House of Stories, a community project which organises exhibitions, community classes and trains locals as cultural tour guides. It is open daily except Wednesdays and public holidays. Blue House is subject of a revitalization project, due to commence in 2014


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