A Walk in Sheung Wan and Midlevels

After the Mid-Autumn Festival, it’s time to take a walk around the streets of Hong Kong. Many of the decorations remain, and the sky is perfect. One fluffy white cloud in a sea of blue. It’s hot, though. Still hot.

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I wander along by the lesser-known Centre Street Escalators, as useful as their counterparts in Central Mid-Levels. These hills are steep! Along the way, I find a nice bottle shop called Soho Wines & Spirits, a spice shop, Spice Box Organics, and several restaurants I’ll want to return to, one of which (High Street Grill) I later successfully suggest to a friend for her birthday party.

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Eventually, my steps take me back towards Central along Bonham Road. I enjoy the juxtaposition between old[ish] and new as I wind along.

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Near PMQ (the old Police Married Quarters, now converted into a hip design market), I find an apartment building with an open lobby. It’s full of plants and sculpture, embracing its indoor-outdoor liminality.

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Someone’s also done a trippy Owl Guardian piece on an abandoned door. It reminds me of San Francisco street art and I stop to snap a pic. Though somehow I don’t think these red pills indicate the door to Wonderland. Since then, I’ve noticed the little pills appearing on walls all over Hong Kong. Must be someone’s trademark.

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Stopping in at PMQ for the first time, I explore the place and find many interesting stores and displays.

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I tell myself I’ll be back, and it’s true – I’ve visited PMQ and brought friends several times since that day. It’s just such an interesting place, with its shoebox-sized shops selling everything from Hong Kong scenes screen printed in luminous colors and stretched over washbasins to make wall-mounted lamps, to Scandinavian-inspired furniture and bespoke fashion. There’s also art. Lots of art.

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I love the big central courtyard with its glassed-in ceiling and festive lanterns.

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The afternoon light feels perfect in there.

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There’s an excellent view from the balcony at PMQ too, out over the surrounding area.

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I meet with a friend and snap a pic of a girl posing with street art outside our dinner spot.

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The night ends perfectly, with a delicious veggie burger and a few beers at The Globe.

Veggie burger at The Globe

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