Wan on Hong Kong Island is a colorful area rich with history and
local flavors. In fact you can smell it - it is known for its
bird's nest and shark's fin shops, both wholesale and retail,
and dried seafood. It's also one of the few places where there're
still some old style stores that sell rice by the catty from barrels (1 catty
= 1.33 lbs.)
historical landmark Western
Market, converted from a wet market where the locals used
to shop for fresh fish and poultry and other groceries, is now
a small shopping center. But unfortunately, it does not really
capture the flavor of the area - though the building is worth
a few photos.
uphill from Sheung Wan are some interesting attractions like Hollywood
Street, and Man Mo Temple.
you're interested in shopping for day-to-day Chinese stuff that
the locals use, Sheung Wan has many pleasant surprises.