Sheung Wan

When I first arrived in Hong Kong I was anxious to explore, but mildly terrified to do so on my own. But with the rest of the world at work, I had more than a few days where I had to get out of the house and into the world solo.

Sheung Wan - take a tour of Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district

Sheung Wan shop signs

On Peter’s recommendation, I took the MTR to Sheung Wan and got very lost. To be fair, I’ve been in Hong Kong for about 3 months now and I still tend to get very lost, very often.

For almost anywhere that I haven’t been before I try to budget an extra 15-20 minutes that I’ll undoubtedly spend wandering the streets of Hong Kong, cursing Google Maps in a panicked sweat.

Sheung Wan - take a tour of Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district

old building facades

Sheung Wan - take a tour of Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district

new modern offices

Luckily when you’re not pressed for time, getting lost isn’t always a terrible thing.

It’s strange now to look back at these pictures taken from my first week or so in Hong Kong and to remember looking at Sheung Wan for the first time with fresh eyes.

Sheung Wan - take a tour of Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district

Sheung Wan - take a tour of Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district

recycling anyone?

Sheung Wan - take a tour of Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district

bags and bags outside a laundry shop

At the time that these photos were taken, I was a bit timid and nervous and had no idea that Sheung Wan was a bit of a hipster haven in Hong Kong.

Now Sheung Wan is just a stone’s throw away from my new office and a part of town I’ll often be in to have brunch or peruse shops.

Sheung Wan - take a tour of Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district Sheung Wan - take a tour of Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district

Going back to these photos makes me excited to think of all the other parts of Hong Kong I get to explore with fresh eyes– in both the city and in the outer islands.

Do you enjoy exploring new parts of your home city?

  • What an amazing experience! I know that lost/panicked feeling so well–but it always seems to lead me somewhere cool (even if it is an unexpected little place). Can’t wait to read more!

    • I get so panicked if I have a time constraint then get lost, but otherwise you’re right– it’s fun to explore!

  • Great post! I would love to go to Hong Kong! I’ve only been in the airport. 🙂 I’m doing a travel post tomorrow with a link-up! You should link this post! Have a great day!

    • Next time you definitely need to stay for a visit! Hong Kong is wonderful

  • When we moved to a larger city i felt the way you did. I decided I love cabs. Oh…and I made my husband track my phone like a 16 year old lol!

    • Cabs make things so much easier, don’t they? And they’re so cheap in Hong Kong it’s always tempting to take one instead of walking/using public transportation. Glad you had some back up support while wandering the city though 🙂

  • danniellek

    I love that third picture, what a contrast of the buildings!

    • Hong Kong is full of contrast between old/new and big city/nature!