Wanchai is a vast and densely populated area covering east of Admiralty, west of Canal Road before CWB shopping district. Wanchai waterfront is a reclamation area with prime commercial buildings along Harbour Road include Central Plaza, Sun Hung Kai Centre, Harbour Centre and Great Eagle Centre, government buildings, and five star hotels. Gloucester Road used to be the promenade along the harbor. Due to the view and superior location, commercial developments sprang up over the years to form an impressive front of office buildings along Gloucester Road. There are a mixture of residential and commercial buildings in the rest of Wanchai areas.
During the past decade or so, a number of impressive projects along Queens Road East initiated by Urban Renewal Authority were completed. These projects, including The Zenith, J Residence and The Avenue, together with the concerted effort by private developers were responsible for the rejuvenation of this area into a vibrant and upscale residential and commercial district. The displacement of older establishment by trendy shops and restaurants adds to the attractiveness and flair of the area. Gentrification continues as upcoming projects such as Mega Tower Hotel by Hopewell and other residential developments will continue to reshape this quarter into an attractive area to live and play.