57 HONG KONG STREET ART SHEUNG WAN AND CENTRAL Hong Kong’s street art scene has grown tremendously in recent years, largely thanks to a local project called HKwalls, a street art festival that invites local and international street artists to take over the walls of a particular neighbourhood and beautify them with large scale murals. One of the more central areas that’s easy to visit is in the Sheung Wan and Central Area – here’s a look at my exploration of the street art works found in this neighbourhood. TAI ON TERRACE AND PO HING FONG LANE I suggest starting your walk from the top along Caine Road and then climbing down the stairs of Upper Station Street. Tai On Terrace is on the left as you descend – explore the walls around those blocks and then head down to Po Hing Fong Street and walk along the side of Blake Gardens back to the bottom of the stairs at Upper Station Street. Artists to look out for: Idrawalot (Germany), LEAD, Xeme (Hong Kong), 4GET (Hong Kong), Bao (Hong Kong), Dems (Spain), Stern Rockwell (USA) TAI PING SHAN STREET On the opposite side of Blake Garden lies Tai Ping Shan street, one of Hong Kong’s oldest neighbourhoods experiencing a bit of a hipster revival. You can find several works along this street and on the many perpendicular roads and back alleys that line it. Artists to look out for: Peter Yuill (Canada), Felipe Pantone (Spain) UPPER STATION STREET, SAI STREET AND WATER LANE Most of the action was happening in the alleyway between Sai Street and Upper Station Street. An up and coming destination, it has a mix of cute little artsy type shops as well as eateries around here, a nice place to chill out in the afternoon or evening. Artists to look out for: Rukkit (Thailand), exld (Philippines), Artime Joe (South Korea), Egg Fiasco (Philippines), Barlo (Italy), Jay Flow (South Korea), Gantz5 (Macau), Sinic (Hong Kong) HOLLYWOOD STREET, TANK LANE AND SQUARE STREET Hollywood Street has a whole bunch of art and antique shops along it. Take a walk all the way up it from the Tai Ping Shan Road area towards Aberdeen Street where you can pop into the revitalised PMQ (Police Married Quarters) which is an uber hipster creative hub these days with lots of very cool shops. Pop into the various alleyways along the way to discover some surprises within! Artists to look out for: Hopare (France), Gas (China), Rookie (Taiwan), Xeva (South Korea) BELOW HOLLYWOOD STREET I turned down Shin Hing Street and walked towards Gough Street. There are a bunch of lanes that you can explore around here with lots of little shops along the stairways and Gough Street, which is also where you can get the famous Kau Kee beef brisket noodles and Sing Heung Yuen noodles. Artists to look out for: Parents Parents (Hong Kong), Fin Dac (Ireland) HKwalls usually takes place in March around the Hong Kong Art Month and has since expanded to other neighbourhoods including Stanley Market, Wong Chuk Hang and Sham Shui Po.