PMQ is also a great starting point to explore the creative community of Sheung Wan. While Central is the city’s main shopping center, this adjacent neighborhood is the ground zero for the city’s creative ensemble.
Continue to stroll along Hollywood Road to explore the grid streets of Po Hing Fong and Tai Ping Shan Street, where Taoist temples and local eateries rub shoulders with independent boutiques, creative spaces, and vibrant eateries. Sheung Wan is one of the most vivid examples of the meeting point of old and new Hong Kong – and it is this interplay that also makes it one of the city’s most fascinating places to explore.
The old and new energy continues in Wong Chuk Hang district. Located in the south of Hong Kong Island, this once sleepy fishing village made a name for itself as a local industry powerhouse in the 20th century. Today, it has become one of the city’s must-see destinations for gallery enthusiasts. While the region’s gritty industrial atmosphere remains a staple on the streets, many expansive factory floors have been turned into exhibition spaces – and many building exteriors have become canvases in their own right.
Wong Chuk Hang is home to international gallery outposts such as de Sarthe, Rossi & Rossi, Axel Vervoordt, as well as local galleries such as Blindspot focused on photography and moving images, Beijing Fine Arts, which showcases Chinese art. contemporary, and minimalist multimedia empty gallery space.
While art is certainly a year-round staple in Hong Kong, arguably the best time for art lovers is Hong Kong Art Month. Usually held in March, this is when the city, one way or another, seems to be shifting into high gear thanks to a city-wide program of local and international creative showcases. . While the festival was originally centered around Art Basel and various small-scale satellite events, there is much to be done to capture the city’s creative attention.
A must-see event is Art Central. Located under a large marquee in the city’s spectacular Central Harbourfront, the art fair has become something of a cheeky sister to Art Basel thanks to its curated showcase of international artists established alongside the next generation of creative talent. Asian, and has become a global platform for contemporary art and experimentation.