Wan Chai: Old and New, East meets West
Wan Chai, as suggested by its name, was a small bay. It was one of the earliest developed areas in the city. Its development can be tracked back to 1841, when Western firms purchased land and built warehouses, offices and houses following the first government land auction. The drastic increase of population in the 1850s propelled the Government to develop Stone Nullah Lane and the south of Hospital Hill into a residential area for the Chinese settlements. The tramway service was opened between Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan along the praya in 1904, where the present Johnston Road and Hennessy Road located.
Wai Chai nowadays is a district interweaving residential and commercial development as well as entertainment, art and cultural heritage. Old and new buildings feature the east and west abound. While showcasing modernity, it retains and nurtures traditional cultures and values. Through the decades, Wan Chai has been a place full of human touch.