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Wan Chai District

Around one hundred and fifty years ago, Wan Chai, which originally meant "small bay", was a quiet sandy bay on the northern shoreline of Hong Kong Island. Due to its geographical location, Wan Chai was also known as Ha Wan (Lower Circuit). Only a handful of people lived here and most of them were fishermen.

To alleviate the chronic need for housing, the first large-scale land reclamation project in the District commenced in 1921. Within nine years, 36.4 hectares of new land, stretching from Causeway Bay in the east to Arsenal Street in the west, were formed.

Once a quiet neighbourhood before the 1950s, Wan Chai has since transformed into a major transportation hub, which links Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula via the Cross Harbour Tunnel and the east and west of Hong Kong Island via Gloucester Road. Today, Wan Chai is a prosperous and bustling commercial and residential centre.

Wan Chai District Today

Covering 999 hectares, Wan Chai District is home to over 150,000 people. In addition, up to 600,000 people travel to the District daily for work and leisure. Wan Chai District is served by a sophisticated and convenient public transportation system including the Mass Transit Railway, buses, mini buses and trams. For those wishing to cross the Victoria Harbour, boarding the ferry from Wan Chai Pier is also a convenient option.

Every day, people come to Wan Chai District to experience its vitality and fascinating diversity. There are many world-class commercial complexes and skyscrapers in the District, the most notable being Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Central Plaza and Times Square. At the same time, Wan Chai District has preserved its historical buildings, which include Old Wan Chai Post Office – Hong Kong's oldest post office building, Hung Shing Temple which has witnessed one and a half century of shoreline development, Pak Tai Temple where a copper statue is dedicated to Pak Tai, and a frontispiece with pre-war architectural features at Li Chit Garden.

For nature lovers, they may climb the old stone stairs facing Ship Street or the brae adjacent to Old Wan Chai Post Office to reach the Park and be rewarded with the lush greenery of Wan Chai District. On the other hand, the daily Flag-raising Ceremony at the Expo Promenade of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is also not to be missed. The Ceremony is most spectacular on July 1, the anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and October 1, National Day.


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