Historic Sites in Hong Kong

Historic Sites in Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong Historic Sites

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  • Jerry G
    Coppell, TX492 contributions
    We were fortunate to visit this temple during the Lunar New Year because there was so much activity to comprehend. Worshipers ask for guidance with their issues and problems and make offerings. Also, many seek vision from the fortune tellers in the area. The music, chanting, incense and lanterns all add to the scene. The grounds are also stunning. This temple deserves a visit any time of the year.
    Written 31 March 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    Tai Kwun has probably been Hong Kong's very best revitalisation projects to date, making superb use of the historic Central Police Station, Victoria Prison and Central Magistracy situated along Hollywood Road for the purpose of heritage preservation and fostering of local arts and culture. It is mostly free to the public to enjoy throughout the year and a place well worth visiting from time to time.

    First and foremost, this is a collection of declared monument buildings which have been restored and repurposed with several permanent exhibitions (Story-telling spaces) related to the former Police Station, Prison and Magistracy. The old Parade grounds are regularly used for large scale events and new buildings such as the JC contemporary art museum have been added to provide more performance space. There is some retail shopping available and a surprisingly good collection of restaurants, bars and coffee shops within.

    You can pick up brochures, map and other general information from the Visitor Centre as well as by visiting the Tai Kwun website. Many events require reservations but the museum and permanent exhibitions can be viewed at any time. Easy to pass by for a quick 30 minute walk around while spending time in the Central District or allow for 2-3 hours to walk through the various historical buildings, see whatever art exhibitions are being held and to grab a light bite to eat at one of the food and drink venues at Tai Kwun. This can make for a rewarding experience for those who enjoy history, architecture, heritage, arts and culture.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    Che Kung is one of Hong Kong's most interesting temples to visit. It is located along Che Kung Miu Road in Sha Tin and is open from 7am to 6pm daily.

    Dedicated to Song Dynasty general Che Kung, this temple was originally built around 300 years ago. It was reconstructed and enlarged in 1994 in order to handle the large number of visitors during the Che Kung Festival on the second day of Chinese New Year (CNY).

    The present temple incorporates Japanese temple architecture and includes a large courtyard with multiple gate entrance where you'll see deity sculptures and joss sticker burners in front of the large open entrance into the main hall,

    Within the large hall, there is a giant golden statue of Che Kung flanked by large drum and bell. There is also a fan-bladed wheel of fortune which worshippers believe will provide good luck if you spin it three times.

    An interesting time to visit the temple is during the annal CNY holiday, when large crowds flock to the temple to burn incense, pray and spin the fan-blade wheel for good luck. You'll also see pinwheel stalls in the temple courtyard. While crowds are heavy, visits are manageable for those with patience.

    In the end, I find Che Kung to be one of the most interesting and memorable temple visits you can make in Hong Kong. If interested in seeing other great temples in the city, make sure to combine your visit here with that of Man Fat Sze (10,000 Buddha Monastery) also in Sha Tin.
    Written 30 October 2019
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  • Finds_posts
    Jakarta, Indonesia243 contributions
    I enjoyed that it can be reached directly from the airport and can easily be acsessed with bus and MTR from the airport.
    Written 27 June 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    There is an interesting Mid-Autumn festival decoration arrangement at the fountain in front of the historic Canton Railway Clock Tower in TST. Presently, there are six large scale balloon rabbits in seated positions reading books or ipad devices. The arrangement is interesting and makes for photogenic opportunities during the day and night when the fountain is lit up against the dark night sky.

    This is something fun to see while the Mid-Autumn decorations remain up on display for the holiday season. Related, the fountain is usually decorated with Chinese New Year themed decor as well, this is something nice to see in late January or early February during the new years holiday as well.
    Written 24 September 2021
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  • butterflydiva7
    Wexford, Ireland210 contributions
    Tin Hau temple is near the temple street night market area
    It’s dedicated to Tin Hau the sea goddess
    Here you will see many incense spirals hanging from the ceiling
    You will also see icons
    Photos are allowed
    Written 1 January 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    The shops along Pottinger Street (Slab Street) between Stanley Street and Queen's Road Street presently have brought out Chinese New Year items, items and decorations which are nice to see during the festive season. This particular section of Pottinger Street is very interesting at this time of year.
    Written 21 January 2022
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  • Joseph T
    Hong Kong, China2,749 contributions
    A very small Hakka village island in Sai Kung where once abandoned & now being revitalised. Not limited to just cultural stuffs, it’s filled with local artists’ works blending the old into new culture. Now there have been some dining outlets operating in the weekends. Short boat trip of 15 minutes from Sai Kung pier.
    Written 18 November 2020
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  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China3,952 contributions
    ...of the small Man Mo temples in HK, with beautiful areas and decorations around. Its location in amongst a bustling market area is also pretty great. Won’t take long to wander round but definitely worth finding if you’re in the area.
    Written 13 July 2020
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    The most curious thing about this colonial 175 year-old building on the waterfront at Stanley is that it’s only been standing here for 20 years. Before it stood here, it was on a prime site in Central, the same site that was being eyed up for the new Bank of China. In the face of huge development pressure, Murray House was dismantled into 3000 labelled pieces, put into storage and then re-assembled at Stanley - a kind of architectural putting out to pasture.
    The other intriguing thing about this building is that it has had two exorcisms. During WWII when the Japanese invaded and occupied Hong Kong, the building was headquarters for the notorious Kempetei, the Japanese intelligence service, and it became a place of torture and executions. Not surprisingly, many locals later came to feel that the building was haunted. In the 1963, office workers complained that ghosts were defacing blueprints and damaging electronic office machines. 56 Buddhist priests were called in to pacify and exorcise the spirits. It did the trick for about 10 years, when a second exorcism was performed in 1974 and was televised.
    Today, Murray House stands beside the water and pier at Stanley and houses shops and restaurants so you can freely go in for a look around.
    Written 21 March 2021
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  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China3,952 contributions
    ...near the right hand side (as you look at it from the park) to get a sense of the history of this building. It’s fascinating to walk round, seeing how people still live in a communal environment but obviously be careful to be respectful as it’s their home!
    Written 28 February 2020
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  • HKeater
    Hong Kong, China30,718 contributions
    The tower is within the 1881 Heritage complex that used to be the Marine Police Headquarters.

    You can go up the steps and go inside the tower.

    Great historical artifact.
    Written 24 September 2017
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This small colonial building is charming but on its own, it’s not something you’d go out of your way to see. However it is one of the older historical sights on the Wan Chai Heritage Walking Trail and stands in the middle of the main road through Wan Chai.
    It is a curious sight, a reminder of a past century, standing hemmed in between the tall buildings of central Wan Chai. This is so very typical of Wan Chai where you find old and new Hong Kong constantly juxtaposed.
    The other curious thing about it is the way it stands perched high up on a granite base. It's a reminder that when it was built, the shoreline was much closer. In the mid 1800s, before land reclamation started shifting the goalposts, the coastline washed up to Queen's Road East. Built in 1912/1913, the post office would have been within a sone's throw of the sea.
    It started its working life as a post office in 1915 and continued to operate until 1992. Normally you can go inside and entry is free. However it was closed during covid-19 restrictions and has remained closed for renovations. There’s not a lot to see inside but the lovely old red letterboxes have been retained. A bronze sign beside the building has a brief history in Chinese and English.
    Written 18 April 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    King Yin Lei is a historic mansion house along Stubb's Road in the Mid-levels area of Hong Kong Island. This is a Declared Monument building that is open to the public several times a year by the government, tickets for timed sessions must be arranged in advance.

    The mansion was designed and built by British architect A.R. Fenton-Rayen in 1936-37. It is three-storey red brick and green roof tile building that of Chinese Classical and Chinese Renaissance in architectural style. It includes delightful exterior, an open courtyard, detached terraced pool area that looks better suited for an Italian villa than here in Hong Kong. At the time of its construction, while the Peak was dominated for foreign expats, the building represented a rise the social stature of the Chinese merchant class.

    The property ownership has changed a few times since the 1930s. It was declared a Historical Monument in 2008. If you visit on one of the open days, you can enter the property and see a few of the rooms which include period furniture. Otherwise, the exterior backside of the property can be viewed year round from the elevated Stubbs Road which runs right beside the property. The easiest way to arrive at this location is taking Bus Route 15 and exiting the bus near the property.
    Written 22 March 2020
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