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.
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
Guangzhou Verandah Type Shophouse now known as “The Pawn” and splendidly restored to its original outlook. Built early century with deep verandah in response to the tropical climate. Now houses restaurants.
PAK TAI TEMPLE (Stone Nullah Lane) – Built 1862 in Chinese courtyard style and renovated Decorations include Chinese stone and wood carvings. The “Shiwan” pottery roof exhibits Cantonese opera stories.
HUNG SHING TEMPLE (Queens Road East) – Built 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