HONG KONG: WAN CHAI
The affluent area of Wan Chai is located in the northern part of Hong Kong island. The Wan Chai district became famous in the 1960s when it was used as the main location for the 1960 film `The World of Suzie Wong` starring William Holden & Nancy Kwan. For fans of the film, the Nam Kok hotel used in `The World of Suzie Wong` is actually the Luk Kwok Hotel on Gloucester Road but the area and the look of the hotel has completely changed since the film was made in the 1960s.
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Together with Asia World-Expo, the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre represent the two biggest convention and exhibition sites in Hong Kong. The Exhibition centre is constructed on reclaimed land which was turned into an artificial island. Today the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre holds numerous trade fairs, exhibitions, meetings, conventions and other events throughout the year. The huge glass windows and enormous aluminium roof of the centre represents a seabird in the process of raising its wings to fly. The Exhibition site and Bauhinia Square, which lies next to it, was the venue for the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China in 1997.
For shopoholics, the stunning Pacific Place shopping centre near the Admiralty Centre and Admiralty MTR station in Wan Chai represents a shopper`s paradise. Pacific Place opened in 1990 and its` lower floors contain a huge number of shops, restaurants, cafes and fast food restaurants. In addition, the lower floors also contain an ice skating rink and four cinemas specialising in English language films. The upper floors contain mainly businesses and hotels.
Other sites worth seeing in Wan Chai include Hong Kong`s famous electric trams which date back to 1925. The trams run through the Western District, Central, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Famous temples in Wan Chai include the Hung Shing Temple and the Pak Tai Temple. For navigating your way around Wan Chai, please use the map below.