Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Walking Tour: Hollywood Road

Everyone can use a little more Hong Kong in their life, so I am launching a new feature: Hong Kong Walking Tours. Each Wednesday (HK time) I'll take you on little photographic tours of the city and surrounding islands. Each one will start at an easy to find landmark or public transport stop and end at a good coffee shop or eatery. To kick off the tours, I'd like to introduce you to Hollywood Road.

Start out at the old Hong Kong Police Complex in Central. Notice the mid-levels escalator to your right.

The escalator makes a right turn and runs along Hollywood Road for one block before turning up into Soho (South of Hollywood Road).

As you walk along the road, notice the work that is constantly being done as more restaurants and shops go in and out of business.

If you get bread delivered to your restaurant don't worry; they'll leave if for you if you're not in.

Of course this is Hong Kong, so expect to see merchandise from around the world.

Just in case you need to get your bearings, we're at the intersection of Hollywood, Graham and Lyndhurst Terrace.

To your right you can catch a glimpse of the markets on Graham.

To your left, get ready for the antique shops.

But first, some potatoes...

...and a modern gallery.

Hollywood Road is known for its antique shops.

And there are plenty of them

I don't think this is a shop, but those are some cool statues.

Here's a bookstore on your left that mostly sells stationary.

You will see a few trees in Hong Kong.

This one is particularly cool.

And there are some nice shady little streets to your right, tiny oases in the busy city.

And of course, there are more antique shops.

Look through the windows at gold and bronze figurines, at vases and jade and ivory treasures.

A well-protected primary school will remind you of the realities of city life.

And a well-placed sign will remind you where you are.

Look for reminders of the sacred...

...and the modern

Hollywood Road has more than a touch of class.

Most of the shops are as good as museums.

Every once in a while you will catch a glimpse of the sky.

Just in case you forgot where we are.

On your left, you'll see Man Mo Temple one of the few remaining temples this close to Central.

On your right you'll see an empty playground.

Take a peek down Ladder Street at the beginning of the Cat Street Antique Market. That will be the subject of another walking tour.

Hollywood Road has more than enough antique shops for now.


You will see statues in every shape and size.

Don't forget to look up every once in a while.

Look down, too.

Keep your eyes open for that old world charm.

We are nearing the end of our tour.

When Hollywood Road starts to curve around to the left, get ready to cross the street.

Try to snap a picture of the guys having tea before you do, but don't let them see you.

Take one last look at the eclectic street...

...then zoom in on the coffee.

Finish up your tour at the Java Java Coffee and Tea Lounge at 188 Hollywood Road. Drink in the ambiance and the iced coffee in this exquisitely decorated little shop. The antiques and books that fill the shelves make this the perfect bookend to your Hollywood Road tour.

Come back next week for another Hong Kong walking tour!


  1. I love that you live in this country so different than what we're used to in good ol Gilbert! Keep adventuring!

  2. I love this post, Shannon! I feel like I just visited HK from my desk chair in Hoboken, New Jersey, Tuesday night, about to go to bed... love it!! I will be dreaming of Java Java Coffee.

  3. Nicely done. You are making me want to tack HK onto my Beijing book tour next month. I'd love to get you a copy of Big in china for coverage. Let me know how.

  4. Thank you so much Melissa and Mandy! I enjoy roaming around the city and it's fun to share it with a few people.

    Alan, I almost bought your book on Amazon just the other day. I'd love to read it for a review. I'll email you.

  5. Great post Shannon! Really interesting!

  6. Shannon, fantastic. Please keep do this feature every week. I love your attention to detail, and really trying to convey what it might be like to walk down this street. I'd also like to hear about sounds and smells as you walk around Hong Kong, if at all possible.

  7. I love this feature! I only spent 24 hours in Hong Kong on an extended layover. I saw the skyscrapers and Victoria Peak.

  8. I LOVE the idea of your walking tours! I will do this one next week. What a great way to introduce the island to ex pats like me. (Maybe I could join you on one sometime?)

  9. Thanks everyone! Joyce, you are more than welcome to join me! I love wandering around the city and I'd love to show you a few interesting places.


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