Hollywood in Hong Kong? Not at all, although an entire street in the megametropolis is named after the legendary place of the rich and beautiful in Los Angeles. By the way, there is a separate article about this place, which you can find here. This travelogue is indeed about the Hollywood Road Hong Kong, which was part of our sightseeings Hong Kong 2018.
History of the Hollywood Road Hong Kong
Let’s start with a big hit message: The Hollywood Road was already built in 1844, earlier than its namesake in Los Angeles. How so?
There are two stories about this:
One says that Sir Francis Drake in his role as 2nd governor of Hong Kong gave the street their names.
This in reference to his family seat in England.
The second and more unlikely story says that holly shrubs grew in the area at the time of construction.
Well, we don’t know but choose the story you like best.
After the Queens Road Ctl, the Hollywood Road was the second road in Hong Kong. But it was also the first road to be completed.
At that time the road was located close to the coast. Many merchants and traders used the street to sell their goods from China directly there.
Thus already at that time, Hollywood Road began to take on the role it still has today. Home of numerous antique and art dealers. With that, we are already at the hot spots of the street.
Hotspots in the Hollywood Road Hong Kong
In fact, Hollywood Road is famous for its numerous specialty shops. Antiques and art objects can be found here in abundance.
Another hot spot is the former Central Police Station. This building was the first police station in Hong Kong.
The Victorian style building is no longer used for law enforcement activities. There is currently a debate going on about the continued use of the building. Even a demolition was under discussion. However, as it seems, the building will receive monument protection and thus also a renovation or restoration will take place.
The eastern end of the street is located in the Central District. This is one of the main tourist hotspots. In addition to all the shopping possibilities, especially in the field of art, you can also go to make party on Hollywood Road Hong Kong. The so-called SoHo is exactly the right place for this. Numerous clubs and pubs invite you to turn night into day.
So you see, on this street, you will definitely not get bored. There is so much to discover.
Interesting facts about Hollywood Road Hong Kong
The legendary road stretches over the Central and West District of Hong Kong. A very special highlight of Hollywood Road is the so-called Man Mo Temple. You can find your own contribution to this must-see here on our site.
The Hollywood Road is from our point of view definitely a Hong Kong attraction 2018. It still stands for THE hotspot of antiques. From portraits of former communist leaders to almost priceless Chinese Ming vases, equestrian sculptures, and other treasures, you can find everything here. Far Eastern art from different countries, epochs, and styles in such a small space. This can only be found here.
Meanwhile, however, a change is noticeable. Besides the ancient treasures, Hollywood Road is also developing into a district of contemporary art.
Street art can literally be found here at many corners. A street in change. Very exciting to watch.
During a visit to Hong Kong, you have to walk the Hollywood Road. Due to its central location, one gets in touch with it sooner or later anyway.
As a lover of art and antiques, the road is probably on the radar anyway.
But also for fans of contemporary art, as well as street art, there is a lot to discover here. By the way, on the easternmost part of the Hollywood Road, there is a spectacular line of countless grocery stores. For us, it is very fascinating that there was a great deal of agreement in terms of what was on offer.
Especially dried food of any kind you can buy here. Sometimes it was completely unclear to us what was dried, fried or otherwise prepared there.
For photographers, especially the buildings and unique skyscrapers make the Hollywood Road an absolutely desirable photo motif.
And with an entrance fee of CHF 0,00 even budget travelers can do nothing wrong.
So – get Lost in the Far East, Hollywood is calling!
It greets your Hollywood Hendrik with cinematic greetings