Sai Ying Pun, the colorful and historic neighborhood
This area is called Sai Ying Pun, an administrative part between the busiest Central District and Western District in Hong Kong.
The Chinese name of Sai Ying Pun, 西營盤, reflects the direct meaning of Western Encampment, as it was used as the early British Military base. Now, one of the interesting characteristics of the area is the pedestrian-only minor lanes in Sai Ying Pun, for cross connects and houses access. One may not even find any names of the alley.
Sai Ying Pun is an interesting place of the East meets West. During the British colonization period, while the Chinese immigrants settled in the West area, the British/Europeans secured the central street and excluded the locals from living. Across the time, brothels and drugs filled the area, people came and went, and until now, the different cultures meet, the genuine neighborhood feel sits near gentrification, co-exist, and bring up the relatively low key, yet characteristic, innovative spirits.
I enjoy exploring the city, even for many times, as it is constantly evolving, and I never fail to be amazed by the “new” discoveries as I feel at home.
As history leaves its tail, the present sits on, and adds in the continuously entering newness and creations.
What is your city like? I encourage you to look around your area, and do a bit of exploration.
(Also in: http://corimuscounseling.blogspot.hk/2015/06/exploring-in-own-city-hong-kong.html)