My parents live a few blocks up from an area called Sheung Wan in Hong Kong, an up-and-coming place for restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and a traditional one for antiques, bargains as well as some very established eateries. Having lived in Hong Kong for over 20 years, I am seeing Sheung Wan with a pair of new lens. The place is filled with history and also with modern fun.
Let me take you to the places I visited yesterday.
After walking down over 200 flights of stairs from my parent’s home, my Dad and I saw this Buddhist temple on Hollywood Road and breathed the air of incense.
Then we walked past a lane filled with little street stores on both sides, very typical in Sheung Wan.
We finally reached the real destination where we wanted to eat – the famous Lin Heung Tea House and Bakery for dim sum!
This Tea House was established in 1926 and has remained a local favourite as well as a tourist’s attraction.
Even though I have lived in HK for many years, I have never gone inside this old favourite, and even though I must have gone to a hundred dim sum restaurants all over HK and around the world, I have never seen one like this! There, you have to self-serve your dim sum instead of waiting around for the dim sum carts to come. There was no system or procedure. It was a war zone whenever new dim sum came out! On top of that, you have people standing next to you waiting for your seats to be emptied. It was that packed, but it was definitely worth a try (see all the locals eating there)!
After a delicious and traditional dim sum lunch, we walked from Sheung Wan to the Central District, which is the business district of Hong Kong. I came across this miniature dim sum cart – how cute is that!! I felt extremely satisfied after the lunch and was happy to be a tourist again in my home town.