There are all sorts of maps out there, (Google maps being the best hands down for directions) but what I love the most are functional maps.
Functional maps tell you not only where a particular shop is relative to everything else, but what they sell or their specialty. The best maps of this kind were produced by the late Nancy Chandler, whose maps I greatly admire for its detail, imaginative illustration and clarity. It gave me a feel of whether I wanted to visit a particular section of a wet market and a way to plan my route and purchases in advance.
Nancy must have spent hours painstakingly documenting, sizing, drawing. A single mistake puts you back on the drawing board, literally.
I am no illustrator and my scientific drawing days are well over but I’ve decided to draw a few of these maps for fun, as a guide for friends new to Hong Kong.
And a tribute to Nancy Chandler, for the inspiration.
Here’s my very first functional map of Tai Wong Street East in Old Wan Chai.
I realise the font is quite small. The map is high-ish resolution so you can expand it or print it out.
The thing about these types of maps is that there’s always more to say, so check back for updates.