Taking a Stroll Down Lee Tung Avenue – At Least the Former Site of Lee Tung Avenue

Lee Tung Avenue is one of the most famous streets in Hong Kong and is now famed throughout the world as a centre for luxury shopping and housing. Its transformation, however, was quite controversial.

Lee Tung Avenue | Image Credit - Wing1990hk, CC BY 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Lee Tung Avenue | Image Credit – Wing1990hk, CC BY 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Background

The street was initially famous for housing a wide selection of printing presses. At one point the Hong Kong Times as well as Ta Kung Pao, the oldest active Chinese newspaper, were headquartered here.

Transformation

As part of a project by the Urban Renewal Authority of Hong Kong, there was radical construction to transform the street into what it is today. This resulted in a multitude of evictions and to this day many of the tenants have not been resettled, although they were compensated greatly.

I Like You

One of the most interesting incidents involving this road was its name change to ‘Avenue Walk’, with the Chinese name being ‘I Like You’. This caused a massive spectacle and uproar, with one shop owner naming their store ‘Avenue Lane Lou Mei’, which translates to ‘I Like Yo Momma’.

Lee Tung Avenue

Eventually, the original name of the street was reinstated. The street showcases a beautiful ambience that retains a very Chinese feel. If you find yourself at a nearby Wan Chai hotel the likes of Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong, then a walk through this lane is essential!

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What to do in Hong Kong in 24 Hours – 4 Things in Particular

Hong Kong is a truly cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of things to do that are varied as much as they are numerous. Here are four experiences you shouldn’t miss out on.

Ride a Ding Ding

The Hong Kong trams are a fun and cost-efficient way to navigate the metropolitan sprawl, and they are referred to as ‘ding dings’ due to the bells which are utilised in place of car horns.

 

Tim Ho Wan | Image Credit - Calvin Ieon, CC BY-SA 4.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Tim Ho Wan | Image Credit – Calvin Ieon, CC BY-SA 4.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Tim Ho Wan

Who would want to miss a chance to dine in one of the cheaped Michelin-starred eateries in the world? At Tim Ho Wan you can gorge on expertly prepared dim sum, such as their world-famous pork baked-bun.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

This temple is legendary for the number of prayers that get answered. If you find yourself staying at a family room hotel in Hong Kong the likes of Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong, with your loved ones and wish to try your luck, then you should definitely pay a visit to the temple.

Go for a Hike

Despite Hong Kong being a world-famous metropolis, there’s no shortage of hiking trails to be found here. Through embarking on a hiking adventure you can burn a load of calories and also experience some of the most astonishing sights the city has to offer.

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Visit the AO Vertical Artspace in Wan Chai – A Unique Space for Art!

The Asian One Vertical Art Space is a unique platform which showcases the work of local and international artists in a special ”staircase” setting.

Image Credit - Almond Chu Via Wikipedia

Image Credit – Almond Chu Via Wikipedia

The Museum

The Vertical Art Space was first established in May 2012. An avid supporter of the local art community, it’s one of the most unique art galleries in the whole of Hong Kong. Artwork and photography are showcased in a ”staircase” setting which stretches over ten flights of stairs.

The Collections

The stairwells house a collection consisting of over 100 works of art including sculptures, paintings and photographs of 28 artists and more, mainly from Hong Kong and China such as Jeani Leung and Chun Wai.

How to Get There

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., throughout Monday to Saturday, and is located in the Photo Book Centre, 1-14th floors, Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip Street. The gallery can be reached easily from a 4 star hotel in Hong Kong including the likes of Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong. If one is taking the MTR, from Chai Wan, the 47m will stop directly in front of the bookshop.

Things to Do

Apart from taking in the art, one can also visit the bookshop on the ground floor which offers a wide selection of books on art. However, it is only open by appointment so it’s best to call ahead before visiting.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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