Looking to experience both the Eastern and Western charm of Hong Kong? You may first think of Sai Wan or Sai Ying Pun, which are very close to each other. It is a place where the new meets the old, and the West meets the East, brimming with vibrant historical cultures.
Situated on the western part of Hong Kong Island, Sai Wan is a popular historical landmark. Not only was it a hub for settling Chinese immigrants during the early days, but it was also a British military base. Sai Wan has now evolved into a quaint neighbourhood for hipster cafes and contemporary street art. Follow our local travel guide to discover the top sunset spots to visit and things to do in Sai Ying Pun.
Things To Do in Sai Ying Pun/ Sai Wan
Artlane is no question a top Instagrammable spot in Sai Wan! More than just one street, it is made up of Chung Ching Street, Ki Ling Lane, and Shek Chan Lane in Sai Ying Pun. As part of an urban renewal project, it is lined with refurbished old buildings that were painted with murals, transforming the historic district into an art destination.
Traverse these streets adorned with modern street art, and behold the dynamic artwork on the building walls drawn by 17 local and international artists. Kick-off at the junction of Ki Ling Lane and Des Voeux Road West with a colourful mural of an urban jungle. Venture out towards the kaleidoscopic mural tunnel by Pantone C, featuring music and dance motifs. Continue your tour to admire the very poetic Little girl watering plants mural and all the way to the famous Rainbow Staircase, designed by the duet of artists Blessy Man and Henry Lau. Different spaces in the community, such as walls, streets, and even the stairs, are transformed into canvases, making Artlane a well-known mural village in Hong Kong.
2. Sai Ying Pun Community Complex
Since Sai Wan was already a place settled with Chinese communities in early Hong Kong, it is a treasure trove of historical landmarks. If you want to take gorgeous snapshots or simply treat yourself to a picturesque local travel experience, pay a visit to the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex. Its unique Baroque architectural style and exceptional granite facade have attracted the attention of film producers and tourists.
It was constructed as a mental hospital and a day treatment centre for psychiatric outpatients, and later served as an execution hall during the Japanese Occupation. Tales of ghostly sightings were spread since it was abandoned in the 1970s and gradually fell into disrepair and badly ruined by two fires, which were believed to be inadvertently started by trespassers. Except for the old granite facade, the rest of the mental hospital was demolished and redeveloped into the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex. It was declared a monument in 2015 while still being one of the most photographic spots in Hong Kong.
3. Cafe Hopping
Venture out towards Sai Ying Pun’s Second Street, Third Street, and High Street, which are lined with cosy cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. Spend a caffeinated afternoon at Coffee by Zion, serving a tantalising menu of coffee and tea as well as a range of cold brews, refreshing cocktails, and beers. While away an afternoon in its outdoor seats while indulging in hearty bagels, all-day breakfasts, and American classic croffles.
Another popular stomping ground for coffee lovers, NOC Coffee Co, has a clean and natural palette design that brings a modern harmony to the café interior. Grab your cup of brew and healthy salads, fruit bowls, and pastries for a chill-out lunch. If you want to recharge yourself after exploring numerous landmarks, the cafes in Sai Ying Pun offer a comfortable distance away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
4. Belcher Bay Promenade
If you are looking to capture breathtaking sunset scenes, Belcher Bay Park, located in Sai Wan, is an Instagram-worthy spot. It offers spectacular vistas of Victoria Harbour and sunsets in Hong Kong. This promenade also provides pet-friendly areas, multi-purpose spaces, community gardens, and public washrooms. It is an impeccable place to slow down, sip a cup of coffee, and marvel at the scenic beauty.
5. Sun Yat Sun Memorial Park
Located on the waterfront of Sai Ying Pun, the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park can be reached through the Belcher Bay Harbourfront Promenade. Stroll along the waterfront park to catch the unobstructed sunset views of Hong Kong’s skyline. Have a picnic or grab some food from Sai Wan’s restaurants to enjoy your afternoon on the grassy lawn. Meanwhile, there are top-notch facilities such as basketball courts, a football pitch, a swimming pool complex, and more.
Immerse Yourself in Endless Sea Views At One-Eight-One Hotel
The long paved Sai Ying Pun waterfront stretches down to Sheung Wan and Central districts. Book a stay at the ONE-EIGHT-ONE hotel and serviced residences. Most of them offer a 180-degree view of the jaw-dropping Victoria Harbour in Sai Wan. Let’s make a cup of coffee and immerse yourself into the magical hour of the stunning sunset.
To experience a moment of tranquillity in the inner city, we welcome you to reside in our Harbour Suite. Through the floor-to-ceiling windows, you can immerse yourself in panoramic seascapes and stunning sunsets while luxuriating in first-class amenities and services. Stay updated with more local travel guides and things to do in other hidden spots in Hong Kong.