Located between Victoria Peak and Victoria Harbor, Wan Chai earned its reputation as a red light district during the Vietnam War (and by featuring in the 1960 film, The World of Suzie Wong). Today the neighborhood has shed much of its seedy reputation, although the area around Lockhart and Johnson Road is still going strong with girlie bars and clubs.
The nightlife in all other parts of Wan Chai is much more down to earth, with a buzzing selection of British pubs, karaoke bars, and dozens of international restaurants. The area even caters for the more upmarket crowd with some fine dining options located along Star Street.
Wan Chai’s rich heritage means there’s plenty to do by day too, with an array of historical sites in the area, most of which feature on the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. Highlights include the century-old Hung Shing Temple and the Old Wan Chai Post Office on Queen’s Road East, which is one of the few remaining examples of colonial architecture of its type.
Wan Chai is well connected by public transport. If travelling by MTR, simply take the Island Line and alight at the Wan Chai stop. Visitors can also take the tram to Wan Chai, which is a scenic way to arrive in the neighborhood, as is hopping on the Star Ferry.