Staunton Street

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Bars and restaurants on Staunton Street.

Staunton Street (Chinese: 士丹頓街, pronounced in Cantonese jyutping si6 daan1 deon6 gaai1) is a street in Central and Sheung Wan, on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. Together with the upper section of Elgin Street, it is the heart of the Soho entertainment area, featuring a number of restaurants, bars and shops. It was named after George Thomas Staunton..


The street runs on the contour of a hill, and is bounded by Shing Wong Street and Old Bailey Street. It crosses or has junctions with Shelley Street, Graham Street, Peel Street, Elgin Street and Aberdeen Street. Aberdeen Street marks the border between Sheung Wan and Central.


The street is also known as Sam Sap Kan (卅間), as there were thirty houses on the street in the early days. It is famous for the tradition of Ghost Festival.[1]

The Central-Mid-levels escalators system bisects Staunton Street. Its opening in 1994 brought rapid change to the street and its life. Upmarket restaurants and bars opened, catering to the stream of middle class professionals heading home from Central.

No. 13 Staunton Street is the site of the former "Kuen Hang Club", the clandestine headquarters of the revolutionary Revive China Society of Sun Yat-sen.

In popular culture[edit]

A scene from a 2011 Lynx commercial shows a montage of posters, including one advertising a property at '37 Staunton Street'.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Waters, Dan, "The Hungry Ghosts Festival in Aberdeen Street, Hong Kong", pp. 41-55, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch, Vol. 44 (2004)
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Coordinates: 22°16′53″N 114°09′12″E / 22.28150°N 114.15336°E / 22.28150; 114.15336