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New MTR exit and underpass in Wan Chai now open

Updated 2019: Hear hear, an opinion in SCMP that reflects my sentiments….

If you live in the Avenue on Lee Tung Street, you’ve now got a nice underground walkway to get you to the Wan Chai MTR station without navigating street traffic across Johnston Road. This underpass took around two and a half years to build so I’m relieved it’s finally done.

To get to it, take either escalator or lift down to the basement where the supermarket is and walk along the corridor until you get to the end where you’ll see an escalator taking you down to the tunnel.

Okay, so it’s escalators in the middle, stairs to the right. What about barrier free access?

Initially I thought this was a ramp. (Yay!). But no… it’s a lift for wheelchairs 🤔🧐.

The big pain is that you can’t just use it like in other buildings, you have to call the staff to switch it on. (Call in advance! 3791 2103) That is just so lame. Why couldn’t they just put in a ramp or just leave it on for the convenience of anyone in need of it. Why create another step and waiting time?? MTR Corp you are slowing down my journey!!! Hell, I’ll just use the escalator for my stroller. I feel sorry for the wheelchair users.

When you do get down into the tunnel, it’s nice and wide (at least 3 meters wide), slopes uphill going to mtr station and downhill if you’re walking to Lee Tung Avenue. From the design of it, Sino Land and Hopewell seem to expect a crowd heading in their direction. I suppose this is in anticipation of their next development and continued connection to Hopewell Center II. There are spaces created for a few new retailers in the station too.

That’s a new circle K shop coming up next to the platform lift (under repair until May 2018).

And here’s another shop undergoing renovation on the left opposite Circle K. Not sure what it is yet.

I’m not sure if behind this white sheet there will be a shop or an advertising installation. You can see beyond it however that there’s a corridor for future expansion into Southorn Playground’s new underground mall when that gets done.

So this exit is D and here’s a reminder of the opening hours.

I guess the arcade corridor access and lifts to the surface remain operational during these hours too. Check out the promotions from the basement arcade shops below.

Gourmet supermarket opens at Lee Tung Avenue

The basement walkway of Lee Tung Avenue is finally starting to fill out. When I first went there, it was a desolately narrow construction zone full of renovating shops and workmen wheeling concrete in wheelbarrows and carrying tiles with ropes in the most dangerous way possible. 

A rather narrow back entrance only accessible by small escalator (they should have put in a passenger lift)

A signboard alerted me to a new tenant, Gourmet supermarket which stated that the date of opening was 30th June. I saw it by the escalators next to the Vivian Tam shop. Curious, I thought I should head down to take a look. 

The narrow escalators led me down two floors into the basement back door to the supermarket and into the wine section. 


The Gourmet footprint is probably less than 3000 square feet in terms of customer purchasing areas, but it is well designed in terms of corridor aisle space for trolleys and a decent looking deli counter. There’s fresh sushi sold by the roll, sandwiches, salads and pastries.

Italian deli selection
Salads and sushi rolls
Sandwiches and accompaniments
Pastries and sweet things

There isn’t a huge selection in the supermarket but it consists of the main essential groceries for breakfast and daily meals. So you’ll find the usual packaged foods and a reasonable selection of fresh vegetables and fruit, although nowhere as extensive as Taste across the road. However of what there is, the packaging, display and possibly quality might be slightly higher than those at Taste. 


I bought a pack of peaches, yet to try them, will let you know.

Gourmet front entrance

Gourmet is open 8am-10pm daily. This is similar timing to Taste across the street in Hopewell Center’s basement. Taste is open 8am – 10.30pm daily.