I couldn’t believe this was my second trip to Hong Kong this summer (totalling 4 or 5 trips by December), it was probably the most relaxing trip I’ve ever had despite the burning oven temperature, high humidity and sweating buckets 24/7, I resorted to wearing wardrobe basics (think loose tee, hot pants and untrendy flip flops), but I love going back to my motherland. This part of the trip was partly a collaboration with IHG Rewards Club (see the post on Disneyland Hong Kong) and an extended holiday for myself, picking up where I left off from June. I chose to stay at Hotel Indigo* in Wan Chai for 3 nights because of its location and it’s close to my favourite hangout spots in Sheung Wan and Central, I’ve never had a chance to explore the neighbourhood of Wan Chai properly hence why I picked the area for this particular reason…great vibe, architecture, cafes and restaurants and local market! Wan Chai district is one of the busiest commercial areas and certainly one most of the first developed in HK.
One morning, I woke up early before sunrise and decided to explore the area to beat the jet lag, the temperature was around 28’C, goodness it was baking and humid outside, I had to walk around the neighbourhood with an umbrella just like any other locals. After spending 2 hours snapping away from Queen’s Road East to the Expo Promenade, I arrived back at the hotel with new clusters of freckles on my face, I even applied layers of SPF40 sunscreen before hand. Oh boo. Without further ado, enjoy the photos!
The Old Wan Chai Post Office, it’s the oldest surviving building in Hong Kong located on Queen’s Road East, opposite Hotel Indigo. The building is now an Environmental Resource Centre.
The infamous Blue House on Stone Nullah Lane.
Early morning at Wan Chai street market.
Empty street at 8am on Johnston Road.
A double decker tram covered with overall advertising livery outside The Pawn on Johnston Road.
I love Hong Kong red taxis!
Left: More tram spotting on Johnston Road.
Before: Before morning rush hour on Hennessey Road.
Early morning tai chi at Grand Hyatt.
Expo Promenade overlooking Central District.
*Info on Hotel Indigo: Opened in April 2013, Hotel Indigo is an upscale contemporary boutique hotel located in Wan Chai, part of the InterContinental Hotel Group. The hotel has 29 floors, with 138 rooms and 6 suites, it has a glass-bottomed rooftop infinity pool adjacent to the Skybar.
In collaboration with IHG Rewards Club, the stay included a 1 night stay (from 45,000 points) at Hotel Indigo using reward points provided by IHG Rewards Club as part of the travel project to conclude with the Disneyland HK trip, and additional 2 nights at a reduced media rate. Thanks to Hotel Indigo for accommodating me!