Hong Kong: Places to Explore



Western has been called Hong Kong's Chinatown, and despite the name this is the part of Hong Kong least affected by Western influence. Many of the narrow, jammed streets that climb the slopes of Victoria Peak seem to be light-years from the dazzle of Central, just down the road. Though developers are making short work of the traditional architecture, Western's colonial buildings, rattling trams, old-world medicine shops, and lively markets still recall bygone times. Western is a foodie's idea of heaven, as you'll soon discover when you step into Sheung Wan Wet Market on Queen's Road or browse the dried delicacies—abalone, bird's nests, sea cucumbers, mushrooms—in shops around Wing Lok Street and Des Voeux Road.

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