Wong Chuk Hang is nothing remotely rural about this gritty industrial neighbourhood on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Once the sole domain of car mechanics and factory workers, Wong Chuk Hang’s status as a neighbourhood to watch has been cemented with the opening of the South Island Line MTR service in December 2016.
This Southside neighbourhood has become a booming art and culture hub thanks to a number of new art galleries and numerous examples of street art. But aside from becoming known for its increasing range of art institutions – and of course, Ocean Park– under-the-radar cafes, restaurants and a craft beer scene add to Wong Chuk Hang’s charm. Follow this guide and get acquainted with some of the area’s many hidden gems.
Major residential development
Major property listings in Wong Chuk Hang includes Marinella, Larvotto and Sham Wan Tower. Marinella is an ultra modern development completed in 2012, consists of 6 towers of 26 storeys per tower. Each has two 2 storey penthouses together with 11 garden houses. There are a total of 411 units consisting of 388 apartments, 12 penthouses and 11 garden units. It is located directly next to Aberdeen Marina Club with views across the Marina and out to the South China Sea. All units have balconies and internal areas such as the bathrooms and kitchens are furnished to the highest quality incorporating top luxury fixtures and appliances such as Miele. The development also has a large clubhouse with function rooms, gymnasium, swimming pool and games rooms.
For Larvott0, is a private estate in Hong Kong, was developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties and Kerry Properties and Paliburg Holdings, built and sold by Sun Hung Kai and managed by Kerry Properties. The site comprises 180,000 square feet, including nine buildings and a total of 715 tenements. It is located in 8 Ap Lei Chau Praya Road, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong. The estate is opposite to Sham Wan. It got the occupation permit at the end of April 2011.
Shum Wan Towers is a residential high-rise development located in the Ap Lei Chau area of Hong Kong. The complex consists of three towers, each of which ranks among the tallest building in Hong Kong. The towers, numbered 1, 2, and 3, each rise 180 metres (591 ft), but differ in floor counts; Towers 1 and 2 contain 52 floors, while Tower 3 has 53. The entire complex was completed in 2003. The structures, designed by architectural firm AGC Design and developed in a collaboration between Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings and Sun Hung Kai Properties, are composed entirely of residential units.
Super-cool businesses have sprung up behind the industrial facades of the buildings lining the Southside to Pokfulam freeway. Everything from galleries under the umbrella of the South Island Cultural District to furniture-makers (complementing the offerings at nearby Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau)that you can see, along with party venues, restaurants and fashion and fitness outlets
Often parroted as Hong Kong’s most “up-and-coming” neighbourhood, Wong Chuk Hang maintains its relaxed appeal with a number of covert ventures tucked into its many industrial buildings. Contrary to the grungy vibe of the place, there is more to the area than meets the eye—much of the area’s charm lies in its ability to inspire a veritable treasure hunt, be it looking for the next surreptitious art gallery or taking an ornery old-fashioned lift up to a rooftop café.
There’s nothing like a rooftop view to revitalise the senses and provide a respite, however brief, from the breakneck speed of the city. Any good bar knows full well that the atmosphere of a place is worth almost as much as the contents of your drink, and Above, located on the 23rd floor of Ovolo Southside, delivers with a winning view to complement your Earl Grey Gintini. If it gets late, you can even stay the night in the warehouse-conversion hotel, perfect for a relaxing staycation experience.
The sprawling waterfront Aberdeen Fish Market supplies roughly 70% of seafood to our fair city. So, it makes sense that a delicious (yet mysterious to the public) seafood eatery operates within the bustling market. Reserving a table, pre-ordering and going with a Canto-speaker is a must, but take note that this place is only open until 2 pm. Produce-wise the gangs all here: scallops, prawns, crab, squid, fish, clams and more, all cooked Cantonese-style for local foodies and the hard-working fisherman who caught the goods.
Wong Chuk Hang comprises a significant part of the South Island Cultural District, with a wealth of contemporary art spaces to see and explore. They have exhibitions or insider information about other art galleries in the area.