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Sheung Wan

MTR rapid transit station
Platform 2 of Sheung Wan station
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese上環
Simplified Chinese上环
Literal meaningUpper ring
General information
LocationDes Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
Central and Western District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°17′10″N 114°09′06″E / 22.2862°N 114.1518°E / 22.2862; 114.1518Coordinates: 22°17′10″N 114°09′06″E / 22.2862°N 114.1518°E / 22.2862; 114.1518
Owned byMTR Corporation
Operated byMTR Corporation
Platforms2 (2 side platforms)
ConnectionsBus, public light bus, tram
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels1
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeSHW
  • 23 May 1986; 35 years ago (1986-05-23)
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Sai Ying Pun
towards Kennedy Town
Island line Central
towards Chai Wan
Track layout
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Sheung Wan
Location within the MTR system

Sheung Wan is a station of the Hong Kong MTR Island line, and was formerly the westbound terminus of the Island line. It was originally planned in 1970 as Western Market but its construction was discontinued after further planning for the new lines. Upon the construction of the Island line, the station was finally constructed and opened on 23 May 1986. The livery colour of this station is khaki.


The station was originally proposed under the name Western Market in the 1967 Hong Kong Mass Transport Study.

It was finally constructed and opened on 23 May 1986 as part of the Island line. There is a plaque in the station concourse, laid by Financial Secretary John Henry Bremridge, commemorating the completion of the Island line.[1] Sheung Wan served as the western terminus of the Island line until the extension of the line to Kennedy Town.

Station layout

G Street level Exits
L2 Des Voeux Road Central Concourse Customer Service, MTR Shops
Hang Seng Bank, Vending Machines, ATM
Rumsey Street Concourse Customer Service, MTR Shops
Hang Seng Bank, ATM
L3 Des Voeux Road Central Concourse Walkway to all platforms
Rumsey Street Concourse Alternate Platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1      Island line towards Chai Wan (Central)
Platform 2      Island line towards Kennedy Town (Sai Ying Pun)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Source: [2]

The platforms are built under Des Voeux Road Central from Cleverly Street to Rumsey Street. Although platforms 1 and 2 are parallel and directly opposite to each other, there is a wall separating the two tracks giving a false impression that both platforms are separated by a long distance from each other.[2] Both platforms are slightly longer than those on other MTR underground stations. It has been suggested that this was the result of problems in calculations during the station's construction.[citation needed]

Rumsey Street platforms

Rumsey station Concourse
Rumsey station Concourse
The "phantom" platforms under Rumsey Street
The "phantom" platforms under Rumsey Street
Same platforms after being walled up
Same platforms after being walled up

The platforms of Rumsey station, originally planned as the southern terminus of the East Kowloon line, still remain in Sheung Wan station. They are located near Exit E, forming part of the passageways between the concourse and the open platforms, and they run perpendicular to the Island line platforms below. The platforms were never completed, and have a length of about three MTR EMUs (while normal trains have eight each), roughly 60 metres long; do not have tracks nor overhead power lines; and have all tunnel entrances sealed with bricks.

In recent years,[when?] one of the proposals for the usage of the Rumsey Street platforms has been for them to be the terminus of the West Island line (then a separate line). However, with the decision to make the West Island line to be an extension of the Island line, instead of a separate line, there are no more proposals to utilise the Rumsey Street platforms. Since then, the MTR Corporation has covered up the abandoned platform edges with new walls, and they are no longer visible.

See also: Category: Abandoned rapid transit stations

Entrances and exits

Des Voeux Road Central Concourse
Rumsey Street Concourse

Transport connections

Hong Kong Tramways

Commuters can get out of Sheung Wan station at Exits A1, B, E1 or E3 to get to the tramways on Des Voeux Road Central, for their journey further westwards to Sai Ying Pun, Shek Tong Tsui and Kennedy Town.

Hong Kong-Macau Ferry

The Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal, located within Shun Tak Centre, provides frequent jetfoil, hydrofoil and hovercraft services to Macau and many other destinations in the Pearl River Delta. Exit D leads to the Ferry Terminal.


  1. ^ "地鐵上環站今啟用港島線慶全線通車". Ta Kung Pao. 23 May 1986.
  2. ^ a b "Sheung Wan Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Sheung Wan Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.