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Reviewed 29 April 2012

We stayed at the Cosmo hotel (funky little sister next door to the Cosmopolitan) in this n'hood. Our location required a walk to the more interesting shopping district around Times Square mall. We enjoyed this location, but I think we were not in the most exciting part of Wan Chai - which according to the books is more "hot" that what I observed :-)

5  Thank Jinnie S
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

I like cars. And Hong Kong is the place for spotting exotic cars. Recall that Sean Connery as James Bond in the movie Gold Finger was surprised to hear about that there was a Rolls in this dinky third world colony; he was then immediately corrected and Bond was astounded to learn of the Peninsula Hotel had a fleet of British Racing Green Rolls. That was forty years ago. Hong Kong has gotten rich, and it has many exotic cars. it is likely the place that has the most expensive cars in one concentrated area. To spot these fine machines, Wan Chai is the place.

If you watch the BBC Top Gear, you will one way or the other learn something about exotic cars that you have never heard of even you are a die hard know it all car buff. A few years ago, i have learned that Zonda was the fastest and ultimate machine that robbed Bugatti Veyron the reputation of being the fastest car in the world. Guess what, i have spotted a Zonda in Hong Kong island.

Spending the March Break in Hong Kong for over 8 days, on the second last day, my son and I just wanted to slow down and do something slow. We decided that we would walk along the north side of the Gloucester Road in Wan Chai to check out the auto dealers. These dealers are no ordinerary Chrysler or Benz dealerships as one would imagine in North America. The dealers along the road are nothing but a store front, in which a few if not just one or two cars are on display, but they are La Creme de La Creme. We have checked out Lotus, Maseratti, Fisker, Porsche...from Wan Chai to Admiralty, all on the north side of Gloucester Rd.

Having checked out these tier 2 mass produced European cars, we went to the One Automall in Wan Chai (front entrance is on the south side, to the west of the Convention Centre, it is below the park adjacent to the Exhibition hall). This mall sells pre-owned exotic cars, all European, and no Japanese garbage. Visiting this place made my day. It is a huge underground parking lot under the Exhibition hall and this whole floor is purposedly designed as an auto mall of the most expensive pre-owned cars in HKG. One can tell these cars have been meticulously taken care of by the previous owners. I have learned a few things about these cars---they had been owned by local residents that got so rich that they just bought these cars for show, collection and satisfaction of possessing something rare. They are flipped once every few months or years. Toys as they are, these cars are hardly driven. Ferrari's, Aston Martins, Lamborghini's, Bentleys .. to name a few. The best is that they are pre-owned, and one can hop in and out, check out the sound of closing the doors, touch them. It is like a exotic car exhibition that easily puts the Geneva car show to shame. It is a paradise to all car enthusiasts. The prices of these cars, though pre owned, are equivalent to what we pay in North america for a new one as the local residents pay about 200% of what we pay for a new one in Hong Kong.

The finale of car spotting in Wan Chai is my son and i took a cab to visit the new McClaren showroom in Wan Chai (just 2-3 blocks north of the Automall),. You can Google about this showroom. The showroom by itself is an interior architectural showpiece. it is over 2000 sq. ft. The floor is granite, and walls are painted black, decor is best described as non existent but cold. At a corner, a big white circle on which there is the latest 2nd generation McClaren in metallic orangey burgundy colour. I have never seen a McClaren in real life, not to mention walking up to it to touch the metal skin. it is beautiful. I asked the salesman how many McClaren had been sold in HKG, his response: "oh, over 200!". If you consider that the Rolls Royce showroom that is just next to the McClaren as the closing of my car spotting trip, then it is a bonus.

If you are an enthusiast of European exotic cars, One Automall is the place. I say, Wan Chai that was once the World of Suzy Wong should now be the World of Auto Exotica.

6  Thank oldbutcool
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Wanchai has, apart from the red light district, plenty of interesting, charming old areas, trendy areas with cool archistecture such as Star Street (which is a bit soul-less, if you ask me) or along Johnston Road (The Pawn, Bo Innovation).

4  Thank Wes W
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

Wan Chai is more than just the seedy bars. It's good food, authentic local chinese living, wet markets, shopping... nothing particularly to see, but worth a wander round.

2  Thank Alix F
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Wan Chai is either utterly appalling, if you don't like the seedy hostess bars that make up a large part of Lockhart Road, or utterly appealing, if you want to go drinking and dancing in Mes Amis, or in one of the bars near there where there's an all night 1980s greatest hits medley being played by a Filipino bar band. Or if you fancy an all-night all-day breakfast, that wonderful, contradictory speciality of the Flying Pan.

A lot of people associate Wan Chai with Suzy Wong and her comtemporaries, and there is a lot of that, but it's concentrated in Lockhart Road - if you go a bit to the east or west, or closer to the tram tracks or the harbour, the filthiness abates somewhat and you'll find some good restaurants and some bars that weren't designed solely for dirty old men.

It's also one of the obvious places to go for cheap consumer electronics if you're in Hong Kong - well, perhaps not as much of a difference with shops in the rest of the world as there was 10 years ago, but certainly you can pick up a laptop or a camera cheaper at the Wan Chai Computer Centre (right on top of the MTR station) cheaper than from one of the chain stores in the malls in Central and Causeway Bay.

Fun for a night out then, but use your judgment: there are a lot of fairly unsavoury bars that you would be wise to avoid.

1  Thank MrCushtie
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