Sai Ying Pun, which lies between Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island, is a delightful enclave that embodies the spirit of ‘old Hong Kong’. This precipitous district occupies the lower slopes of Victoria peak and has for its borders Bonham Road, home of the magnificent Hong Kong University campus in the Midlevels, the north- south running Eastern and Western Streets and the Sai Ying Pun waterfront area. The last mentioned stretch is home to the well-equipped, public access sports facility, the Sun YatSen Memorial Park Sports Centre
Centre Street is the main artery of Sai Ying Pun. This thoroughfare traverses Des Voeux Road and Queen’s road West, as it connects Connaught Road to First, Second, Third and High Streets, major streets of the hilly Sai Ying Pun neighborhood. Centre Street eventually connects via steps to Bonham road, while Second and Third Streets go on to meet Pok Fu Lam Road. As a result, residents of the area have easy access to a wealth of public transport options on both the northern and southern edges of the Sai Ying Pun neighborhood. These transport links will be further enhanced by the arrival of a Sai Ying Pun MTR station of the Island Line in late 2014 and the completion of a second-escalator link called the Centre Street Link, which will eventually connect Third Street, all the way to Bonham Street.
Historical records indicate that bustling Sai Ying Pun was settled by Chinese immigrants who arrived in Hong Kong during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Consequently, the busy streets of the neighborhood are littered with several imposing, historical, edifices like the Old Tsan Yuk Hospital, (now the Western District Community Centre), the Yu Kwan Yick chilli sauce factory, the Kau Yan Tsung Tsin Church and many more. These notable buildings stand cheek by jowl with several, low-rise Chinese tenement buildings called Tong Laus.
The ground-floor levels of the many Tong Laus that populate the streets of Sai Ying Pun thrive with commerce and enterprise as they continue to host numerous several small businesses as they have in the decades past. Noodle shops, shops offering freshly-made tofu and ethnic foodstuffs, fruit and vegetable vendors, florists, bakeries, laundries, car stationary-shops, home wares and hardware stores are some of the many businesses inhabit these vibrant streets of Sai Ying Pun. In fact, these stores offer every possible convenience you can probably think of as they greatly enhance the appeal of this quaint neighborhood.
Added to this historic retail mix, are abundant supermarkets and wet market shopping options. For located within the neighborhood, are outlets of Hong Kong’s main supermarket chains like Wellcome, Park and Shop and Jason’s Market Place along with wholesale markets in the form of the Centre Street Market (between First and Second Street) and the Sai Ying Pun market (between Second and Third Street).
Another new development in the neighborhood is the recent establishment of several bars, restaurants and cafes like Metropolitan Café, High Street Grill, Glow, BBQ, Taco Chaca, 129 Ping Pong along pedestrianized High Street as well as Third and Second Streets.
These myriad eateries are rapidly transforming the dining scene of Sai Ying Pun, with their diverse and worldly options so much so that the area is currently seen as a rising star on Hong Kong’s fast-evolving gastronomic landscape.
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