Hong Kong, perhaps overshadowed by its 'loud and proud' exterior with the big brands and the flashy city lights, is in reality extremely dynamic, with various personalities waiting to be explored.
After SoHo (in Central) became more commercialized (though i'm not completely sure if there are areas in HK that aren't commercialized), the creative scene, or at least unique businesses that brought quirk and innovation to SoHo, receded into a new area on the outskirts of Sheung Wan - an area where you'll find yourself immersed in a completely different experience, one that is quiet, sensitive and creative. It is now called "PoHo" (a fitting name as "Po" means treasure in Chinese).
PoHo has an air of solitude that contrasts with the excitement that visitors bring as they look around in awe (a.k.a. me), and the creativity and vibrance on every corner. The small boutiques that bring life to this area have concepts and displays that range from minimalistic, to vibrant and cheeky; their similarity lies in their common focus on details, which makes each and every store unique, attractive, and down-to-earth.
And what makes PoHo even more welcoming, is that its value lies in the quality time you spend there, via. coffee, tea, and food.
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We have reached a point where we no longer only seek trends and inspiration from the 'mainstream' - we aspire to find creativity and ingenuity from unexpected places, and areas like PoHo provide us with these pleasant surprises.