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SHEUNG WAN

Sheung Wan is an area located in the north-west of Hong Kong Island. It is part of the Central and Western District.

This Chinese Herbalist old shop in Sheung Wan district is often used for movies needing reconstitution of Hong Kong past.
Chinese Herbalist shop entrance
Chinese Herbalist shop entrance
Chinese Herbalist shop inside
This picture taken through the grate shows that old furniture is still present inside but it also used to store goods.
Chinese Herbalist shop inside
Sheung Wan is famous for its small Chinese-style shops selling dried seafood and medicinal herbs.
Chinese Herbalist shop entrance
Chinese Herbalist shop entrance

Sheung Wan is a traditional area with a long history. The development of Chinese medicine goes back to over 100 years with many shops selling Chinese medicine but also preserved marine products, birds nests and other medicinal stuff.

Newspaper stand
The area around Sheung Wan and Sai Yin Pun is an interesting place to explore. It is packed with shops selling herbs, dry food, tea, bird's nest, snakes.
Newspaper stand

In year 2007 a statue of Shen Nong - the "god of Chinese medicine" - was unveiled to mark the opening of the Chinese Herb Garden in Sheung Wan.

Many traditional old Chinese Buildings still remain in the area around Sheung Wan and Sai Yin Pun. It is worth a walk around and observing the local life style.
Old Shophouse
Old Shophouse

Shophouse architecture is a building typology that is both native and unique to urban Asia. It is characterized in terms of accommodating diverse functions. Shophouses can still be found in many Hong Kong districts. They can take various forms and are flexible in their use.

Old house
Sheung Wan area is well known for maintaining a strong Chinese cultural characteristic with dried-food and spice markets, curiosity shops, temples and gardens.
Old house

The Western District is often viewed and characterized by derelict buildings and traditional shopping.

Sheung Wan is not a very touristic area but it is quite old and has many old buildings. Many Chinese medecine shops can be found here. Local people still lay herbs and medicine on the ground so it can be dried on sunny days.
Old house
Old house

MTR is proposing to build the West Island Line (from Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town). It is subject to approvals but this new line would be completed by 2012.

Sai Ying Pun Community Complex
The Hong Kong Vocational Centre provides an English- speaking educational programme for adults with learning disabilties - also a respite and residential facility, which helps to achieve independence and developement of their own potential and opportunites within the community.
Sai Ying Pun Community Complex

Hong Kong Vocational Centre is located inside the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex. It used to be a place for insane people. Also to the west, just across Centre Street, is another older Lunatic asylum – now used as Methadone Centre. (Thanks to Anthony for those details)

It is also the oldest surviving market building in the city. This building was built in 1906. It operated as a food market until 1988. In 1990, it was declared a historical monument and the renovated market re-opened as the Western Market in 1991.

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Western Market
Western Market
Western Market
In 1989, the market building became vacant and was later converted into a traditional trades, arts and crafts centre.
Western Market
At the ground floor of the Western Market, there is a delicious bakery selling western cakes.
Western Market
Western Market
Old Tea shop
This old "Lock Cha" Tea Shop sells Chinese teas of an infinite variety. The shophouses or "tong Lau" are a mixture of Chinese and Western architectural features.
Old Tea shop
This old building has already been desmolished. Another new bigger and higger residential building or one more 'boutique hotel' is making way.
Old house
Old house
Old house
Sheung Wan district still contains many old buildings but Sheung Wan is developing fast. Many old buildings are razed and replaced by brand new boutique hotels or residential buildings.
Old house


Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park is a waterfront park in the Sai Ying Pun area and faces the Victoria Harbour.

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Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park was originally named Western Park. It is adjacent to Western Park Sports Centre.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

Anew swimming pool is under construction at the Western Park Sports Centre.

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park commemorates Sun Yat Sen, Chinese historic figure.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

Sun is frequently referred to as the Founding Father of Republican China.



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