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An almost seaside walk

It is now possible to walk to Admiralty again if you’re by the Wan Chai convention center. The walk is still not scenic, and neither romantic nor quick, but it does open up a vital channel which is shorter than doing the crazy walk out near Gloucester Road.

On the bright side, it is entirely flat, relatively smooth (great for strollers) and shielded from the construction site.

if you want to know how much of the Harbour has been filled here, take a look at the picture below.

There’s space for a whole new dual carriageway and the tunnel beneath.

Too bad the Wan Chai beach idea never made it past the drawing board.

The convoluted passage to Wan Chai Star Ferry Terminal 

The construction of the East-West bypass is a massive reclamation project that spans  from Central through Wan Chai to Causeway Bay. It’s not just impressive because of the quantity of land being reclaimed but also the simultaneous complexity of constructing an underground tunnel for vehicles and the MTR system. First they had to dredge the harbour, then fill it in with copious quantities of earth, now they are digging it up again to install huge steel and concrete piling to create the underground cavern. 

  
The equipment required for the task is equally impressive. Massive barges with claws that release as much earth as a house for the dredging and filling, huge cranes and excavators, for the piling work. It’s so interesting to watch these large machines in full operation, except that the noise and potential dust and fumes forbid you from lingering too long.

  
All this construction has certainly inconvenienced residents and tourists alike. The constant pounding and hum of diesel engines are certainly annoying but worse is the re-routing of pedestrians wanting to get to the Wan Chai Star Ferry terminal. This terminal has already been moved out from its former location and juts prominently into the harbour. It is already a real trek to get there (in a way similar to Central Star Ferry). Now, with the pedestrian re-route, it’s almost discouraging passengers from using it… Reserving it only for the unsuspecting and already committed (too far from Wan Chai MTR and way too difficult to get to the bus stop/ terminus). 

Look at this.

 

well, at least they put up a map
 
What should be a direct and accessible form of Hong Kong’s public transportation system has become very awkward to get to.  It is completely wheel chair and pram accessible but if you’re the one pushing and not the one sitting then it’s a fair amount of work to get there. Assuming that 1) eventually they’ll create walkways along Tonnochy Road and 2) shift the bus terminus to back where it was diagonally opposite the Hong Kong Convention Center when the work is done, it should be a lot easier to figure out where the ferry terminal is.

  
Apparently the plan is to put a public park and walkway all along the waterfront connecting pedestrians from Kemnedy Town/ Sai Ying Pun all the way to Causeway Bay. A reflection of what’s been done on Kowloon side. 

  
In the meantime, the Wan Chai Star Ferry Terminal and the bus terminal is stranded in a construction site. These aren’t the nicest ways to get to the convention Center. You’re better off walking over from Wan Chai MTR.

I hope the concessions for those food trucks don’t start until the construction is done because business will be tough when it’s dust and heavy machinery in your holiday photographs.

Food Trucks in Wan Chai

It was announced in the news that a pilot scheme of food trucks will be launched in Hong Kong to provide more variety in areas that lack food choices. 

   
 Two food trucks will be permitted to ply their gastronomic wares to the public for two years at each location. One of the locations mentioned is to be at Wan Chai’s Bauhinia Square right next to the Hong Kong Convention Center. Did they decide on the locations because that’s where the tourists were or whether they want more tourists to visit those locations? Right now, the area is full of barriers, cranes and construction noise. It could be political as Bauhinia Square is the site where Hong Kong’s handover to China took place. I suppose it is also the point where Hong Kong island is geographically closest to China…

   
 No details were given on when the scheme would start but I’m curious what kind of food trucks will win the concessions and whether it’ll be a success. There isn’t much in the way of food choices out there, it’s only the few restaurants in the Convention Center and the Grand Hyatt.