Exploring Hong Kong: PoHo

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Hello! Can you believe it’s August? By the time August comes round, it also marks the point where I’m ready to be done with summer. (For those who don’t live in Hong Kong, summers here ranges from late May to September/October.) I’m just not much of a summer person. To me, any season is better than summer, but my favourite is spring! Anyway, while I spend my days waiting for fall/winter, now seemed like a good time to share a little exploring I did back in the spring in PoHo, a neighbourhood in Sheung Wan that is constantly referred to as the “hipster” side of Hong Kong.

I’m not a fan of using the word “hipster”, because these days, it seems like everything is conveniently categorised as “hipster” to the point where I’m starting to wonder what it even means anymore. With that said, PoHo is not a neighbourhood I’m familiar with, so I claim no expertise on its “hipster” status.

Personally, I enjoyed wandering around PoHo. It was artsy, scattered with a mix of (expensive) cafes, little boutiques and overall, it had its own quiet charm. If you’re looking for something a little different to explore in Hong Kong, PoHo might be what you’re looking for.

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My wandering started around here, near the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, which is that building on the right in the photo above. While taking some pictures, my sister and I spotted this guy walking five adorable dogs.. and then later finding out that this was WE5, a photography project where the owner of the dogs takes them for a walk around the PoHo area daily and invites people to take a photo with his friendly dogs! (You can check them out here: Facebook / Instagram)

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A WE5 photoshoot in action! Look how everyone is obsessing over the dogs! ;)

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I didn’t try any cafes or eateries in the neighbourhood but I definitely did spot quite a few of them while strolling around. Most of them were on the pricier side though. However, the neighbourhood has a relaxed and quiet vibe, so the cafes in PoHo might be a good place to spend a quiet afternoon.

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Speaking of cafes, there was this extremely popular one called Teakha with people sitting inside, outside and even spilling out onto the street area beside the cafe! An earlier picture above with people sitting around on grass patches was snapped outside Teakha.

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My sister and I actually spotted this view of Teakha and it’s customers from above first, before wandering down to take a look. Here’s a quick video I couldn’t help but capture on my phone because there was even someone singing on that day. It was such a warm and breezy spring day and I thought that entire scene just captured the vibe of spring which I like so much. :)

I mentioned earlier that I found PoHo artsy. Part of the reason I explored PoHo was because my sister wanted to check out some street art from HKwalls that was in the neighbourhood. Before we even got to see the street art, we spotted two people sitting on the stairs next to the Museum of Medical Sciences with a sketchpad, sketching the street view in front of them! (Doesn’t sound much like Hong Kong does it?) It was quite interesting for me to notice that because it’s just something that I so rarely see in Hong Kong.

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For more street art in PoHo, you can check out my sister’s post here! (P.S. I am not good at directions, but you can also check out my sister’s post for her suggested route of getting to PoHo!)

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We also spotted a couple taking wedding pictures with the street art which is such a fun and creative idea!

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I think PoHo isn’t totally suited for my personal taste, but I can imagine that this may be a lovely neighbourhood to hang out in for its artsy and creative vibe and its quiet, slower paced charm. It’s a neighbourhood with fresher air, less people and less cars, a great getaway or a peaceful side of Hong Kong worth exploring!

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  • Reply Rachelle May May 16, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Hi! I find your post about Poho really really nice, I would just like to ask since we will be coming to Hong Kong by June, if from Harbour City, 23 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui how can we go exactly to this places you’ve featured? Hope you’ll be able tor read this! I enjoyed looking through your blog. hihi.
    Thank you!

    • Reply Kylene Wu May 16, 2016 at 10:36 PM

      Hi Rachelle May, thank you, I’m happy to hear that! :) All the places featured are located within the PoHo neighbourhood, I wandered around the whole area but many shops and cafes can be found along Tai Ping Shan Street and Po Hing Fong.

      If you’re planning to get there by public transport, you can take the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui station to Sai Ying Pun station (on the dark blue line), Exit C.
      – Turn left and walk along Bonham Road and Caine Road for about 10-15 minutes and you will see a staircase on Ladder Street.
      – Walk down one flight of the stairs, turn left and reach the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences (3rd photo in this post). After the Museum, there will be another long staircase and you will reach the start of PoHo.

      That’s where I started strolling from, hope this helps! Have a great trip in Hong Kong~

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