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Wan Chai: Where Old and New Collide 4
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    05/2018

    Wan Chai was among the first areas to be developed in Hong Kong. It was also home to one of the first urban settlements of Chinese people since colonial times. Despite multiple rounds of large-scale reclamation and development over the years, traces of early urban planning can still be found here today.

     

    1.Wo Cheong Pawn shop
    Originally a four-story pawn shop, this traditional walk-up building, completed in 1888, has been given a life thanks to a successful revitalization project.
     
    2. Lee Tung Street
    Known as the Wedding Card Street, the old Lee Tung Street was a center for print shops. Demolished and redeveloped in 2005, today's Lee Tung Avenue has become exhibits an European-style shopping mall with a lot of restaurants.
     
    3. Hopewell Centre
    Built in the 1970's on the former site of the Hong Kong Grand Theatre and the Ji Gong Shrine at Tik Lung Lane, Hopewell Centre used to be the tallest building in in Asia. The tower is renowned for its cylindrical design and is the first in Hong Kong to employ Australian slip form construction methods. 
     
    4. Wan Chai Environmental Resource Centre (Old Wan Chai Post Office)
    Built between 1912 and 1913, the Old Wan Chai Post Office is the oldest surviving post office building in Hong Kong. It has a simple pitched-roof structure with attractive gable ends and mouldings. 
     
    5.  Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island
    Designed by renowned international architectural firm Aedas, Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island won the Asia Pacific Property Award in 2013 for Best Hotel Architecture, Hong Kong. At the top of the hotel is a protruding rooftop swimming pool with a glass bottom. 
     
    6. One Wanchai (Old Wanchai Market)
    The Old Wanchai Market was a prototypical pre-war Bauhaus building. It was redeveloped into a new shopping mall and residential project, One Wanchai, retaining only the exterior and about half of the frontal area of the original which accounts for about 45% of the total floor area.
      
    7. Blue House
    The four-story Blue House is a typical example of South Chinese architecture built in 1922. It is one of the few walk-up buildings left with balconies.
     
    8. Pak Tai Temple
    Originally called Yuk Hui Kung, Wan Chai's Pak Tai Temple was built by local residents in 1863. It is the biggest temple on Hong Kong Island with a layout similar to a Chinese courtyard house.
     
    9. Comix Home Base
    Originally a block of 10 pre-war tenement houses listed as Grade Two historic buildings, Comix Home Base is now revitalized along the theme of comics and animations, the very first in Hong Kong, and integrate modern cultural elements into this historical architecture.
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