Historic Walking Areas in Hong Kong

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Historic Walking Areas in Hong Kong

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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    Stanley is a seaside community on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. When the British took possession of Hong Kong in 1841, there was a community of over 2,000 people living here. The Chinese name for this seaside village area is Chek Chue. However, the British gave it the English name after Lord Stanley.

    Today what you find at Stanley is a relaxing place to spend time near the sea. There are a couple of good beaches, St. Stephen's Beach and the larger Main Stanley Beach which also has a water sports centre. You'll find one of HK's most popular street markets, the Stanley Markets, which has a covered walking lane, nice for rainy days. There is a nice promenade area lined with restaurants and good views of the sea. Additional shopping and eateries can be found at the Stanley Plaza complex just past the promenade.

    Those interested in historical attractions in the area will find the old Tin Hau Temple just past the Stanley Plaza. There is a tiny Tai Wong Temple sandwiched between the Plaza and waterfront restaurants. The colonial period Murray House and Blake Pier, both of which were originally in the Central district have been relocated here to Stanley, providing a bit more to see while you are here. The Murray House is used for yet more restaurants and retail shopping.

    Looking for a bit more, there is a large public park and garden area called Ma Hang Park just west of the Murray House. Nearer to St. Stephen's Beach, you will also find the Stanley Military Cemetery and Hong Kong Museum of Correctional Services.

    To visit Stanley from the main areas of Hong Kong, best to take a bus (6, 6A, 6X or 260) from Exchange Square in Central or a taxi to save time.
    Written 1 December 2020
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  • LukeUK_12
    Manchester, UK512 contributions
    It’s a lovely area of the city, perfect for a stroll on an illuminated night. The scenery is breathtaking, and there’s plenty of space to keep safe. Also, there’s a great little Starbucks right by Bruce.
    Written 5 December 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    This is a feature street market in Mongkok located just north of Prince Edward West Road, around a 5 minute walk from both Prince Edward and the Mongkok East MTR Stations. The Mongkok Flower Market has dozens of shops and is worth seeing anytime of of the year. However, it is particularly interesting now during the Chinese New Year season.

    At this time of year, the flower market is thriving with shops and added stalls filled with seasonal flowers, plants and decorations. You'll be able to see daffodils, orchids, chrysanthemums and holiday specials including Narcissus, peonies, kumquat (mandarin orange) plants, bamboo shoots, colourful willow stems and cherry blossom stems amongst others.

    Do expect crowds when you plan to visit the Flower Market but especially during the Chinese New Year - to a point of being uncomfortable in the evenings and weekends. As such, consider midday weekday visits during CNY when things are more manageable and its easier to take pictures.
    Written 26 January 2022
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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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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Surprisingly, there are not many statues in Statue Square. There used to be more. Today, there is only a single, unexceptional bronze statue of Sir Thomas Jackson, of HSBC bank. He is standing all alone, probably wondering where everyone else went?
    Originally called Royal Square, the space was dedicated to the British royalty. A statue of Queen Victoria sitting under a domed shrine was erected in 1896 to commemorate her Golden Jubilee. Over time, statues of Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, the Duke of Connaught, George V and Queen Mary were added. It was intended as a powerful display of imperial power and glory.
    When the Japanese invaded and occupied Hong Kong during WWII (1941-45), they immediately ripped them out, sending the stark and brutal message that this was now Japanese territory and under Japanese authority and power. The statues were mostly sent to Japan to be melted down for munitions. Queen Victoria was somehow saved and was later relocated to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. Thomas Jackson was reinstalled in his original position, although facing in a new direction
    Even without the statues, it is an interesting square to walk through. From here you can see many of Hong Kong’s most significant buildings, including the old colonial Supreme Court and Cenotaph. Across the road are Norman Foster’s HSBC building, the old Bank of China and the fabulous new Bank of China Tower.
    Written 10 May 2021
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  • JanLinksGroningen
    Groningen, The Netherlands1,230 contributions
    Nice stairway. Lovely neighborhood, lovely shops And horeca. Man mo tempel is nice. So this is a must see in Hong Kong!!
    Written 21 August 2018
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    Green Hub is a project by the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Gardens and makes use of the historic Old Tai Po Police Station on Wan Tau Kok Lane in Tai Po. It is an endeavour which sponsors sustainable and low-carbon living while managing and maintaining this Grade I Historic Building (2021). Opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily (Closed on Tuesdays).

    At Green Hub, visitors can participate in scheduled tours through their website or independently visit the Old Tai Po Police Department exhibition rooms, Coop Store and Eat Well Canteen. They offer a host of programmes and workshops for schools, groups, families and individuals on green living and life as well. All is described well on the Green Hub for those interested.

    Visits to Green Hub are free for the public. During my recent visit, a kind host explained the Green Hub objectives and briefed on what areas of the heritage attraction I could visit. Then, they leave you on your own to explore the Old Tai Po Police Department, which was restored to its near original state in recent years and makes for an enjoyable historic attraction to visit and explore.

    Note: It is also worth making a visit to the Old District Office North which is just above the Old Tai Po Police Station. While you can't enter that historic building, you can enter the grounds and walk around it, enjoying the stately and impressive red brick exterior and early 20th-century colonial architecture.
    Written 3 December 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    This is the old Ma Tau Kok Quarantine Depot (Cattle Depot) that was built in 1908 and used for more than 90 years as a cattle quarantine and slaughter centre. It is a Grade II Historical Site (2009) that is made up of 5 blocks of distinctive red-brick buildings with early 20th-century, western architecture.

    Since 2001, the historic Cattle Depot has been repurposed as a village for artists now housing 20 art groups who make use of its facilities. The groups have performances, exhibitions and events from time to time and the heritage attraction is open to the public if you want to visit and view the grounds.

    While there may or may not be art related events taking place on the day, the architecture is interesting enough to bring in a handful of visitors. Equally interesting is the adjacent Cattle Depot Art Park that opened in 2019, making a public park out of more of the old Depot building ruins.

    The Cattle Deport Artist Village is located on Ma Tau Kok Road while the Art Park is back around the corner on San Shan Road. The Depot is open from 10am to 10pm daily while the Art Park is open from 7am to 10pm each day.
    Written 19 December 2021
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  • Charlie C
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    It is located only around a 5-min walk from Kennedy Town MTR Station and you can hardly find a waterfront area where it is pet & skate friendly on HK Island with such a huge open area. We went with our dogs and grabbed some food to eat on the bench between 3 pm and 5 pm.
    Written 16 March 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    The Tang Ancestral Hall is stop 7 on the Ping Shan Heritage Trail. It is located beside the Yu Kui Ancestral Hall (stop 6) and is the most impressive of the attractions that can be visited along the trail. This is a Declared Monument (2001) in Hong Kong that is open for visits from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm daily.

    Historically, the Tang Ancestral Hall was originally built over 700 years ago yet continues to function as a venue for worship, festivals and local ceremonies. Architecturally, it is similar to the younger Yu Kui Ancestral Hall next door and showcases an delightful display of symmetry throughout the three hall structure with two open courtyards.

    The building facade is of grey brick with pitched roof and ridge motifs and is fronted with granite columns. Within, you will see a red sandstone pathway in the front inner courtyard and impressive array of carved wooden brackets and beams, more granite columns holding up the hall roofs, a beautiful ancestral altar and other traditional elements of Chinese architecture. You will find panel information about this heritage attraction and the Heritage Trail in general.

    Overall, the Tang Ancestral Hall is an impressive attraction that is considered one of the finest of its kind here in Hong Kong. It is well worth spending 10-15 minutes to view and enjoy if you are a fan of architecture and history. Make sure to allow another 10 minutes or so to visit its twin ancestral hall next door as well.
    Written 18 October 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Cheung Chau Island is an easy and popular day trip from Hong Kong. The main streets alongside the ferry terminal are the best point for starting to explore this lovely, old-world fishing village. Pak She Praya St is the main road running beside the harbour. No cars are allowed so it feels more like a promenade. The colourful harbour is filled with small fishing boats. Along the way you will see trays of fish and shrimp lined up to dry in the sun and large, open tanks of fresh fish, crabs and razor sit outside local seafood restaurants.
    For those who are interested to look in the streets in this area, you’ll find shops selling traditional dried foods and herbal medicines, takeaway stalls selling giant fishballs on sticks, waffles and giant slices of frozen watermelon or mango.
    Cheung Chau is one of the more developed islands and alongside traditional shops, you will also find a range of local boutiques selling trinkets, clothing, hats and jewellery as well as cheap and cheerful souvenir shops. There are some interesting local crafts and designers as well like Island Origin T-shirts, MyArts and the BnB Creative Workshop.
    Written 3 August 2021
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  • Irish Z
    Hong Kong, China19 contributions
    If you are a local or not, this place would leave you in awe! Isolated and very quiet this beach is located in Sai Kung East Country Park and could be reached either by taxi to the dam then a quick hike or hiring a boat to take you. We camped here a few times and it could get packed but still had our own private space. Waking up in the morning was very much worth it as we got to see the sunrise. Make sure to bring enough food and water as they don't have any shops you could buy amenities. The toilet is shared and quite smelly but that's the only downside of it. Would totally recommend this to everyone coming to HK!
    Written 11 November 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    One of the few green spaces in the Central District is the Memorial Garden at City Hall with opening hours of 7.30am to 10.30pm daily. It is a small and quiet enclosed garden that is dedicated to the memory of Chinese, British and Commonwealth soldiers who fought and fell during WWII.

    The Memorial Garden includes a 12-sided memorial shrine within which is a Roll of Honour and plaques which list out the various military units that participated in the Great War. There is an interesting contemporary sculpture at the side of the shrine and impressive decorative emblems on the copper gates of the garden entrance.

    Otherwise, the garden is rather simple with a few places to sit and relax and pay your respects. For those with interesting in more memorial monuments, the Cenotaph can be found just south of Connaught Road at the Statue Square.
    Written 4 September 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,681 contributions
    The Yan Tun Kong Study Hall is stop 8 on the Ping Shan Heritage Trail in the Yuen Long District. It is located along one of the small lanes east of the main trail through a heavily inhabited area just north of the Tang Ancestral Hall (stop 7). Surrounded by residencies, this is an interesting but somewhat difficult attraction to find so do make sure to have the self-walk trail map with you as street signage is not particular helpful until you arrive at the entrance of the study hall. Opening hours are 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm daily (closed on Tuesdays).

    Historically, this Declared Monument building (2009) served as a traditional ancestral hall, a venue for teaching and examination preparations. Today, it continues to host seasonal festivities and clan gatherings. What you will see here is rather similar to that of the impressive Yu Kiu and Tang Ancestral Halls but on a noticeably smaller scale.

    The study hall is a two-hall structure with only one open courtyard. The grey bricked facade is decorated with nice murals and ridge motifs. Within, there are lovely carved tuofeng (camel humps) motifs upon the wooden beams holding up the study hall roofs. There is a beautiful ancestral altar as well as information panels describing the restoration efforts that brought the building back to its original splendour in 2009.

    Overall, well worth a few minutes to make sure you find and see the Yan Tun Kong Study Hall. With a trail map, it isn't too difficult to find your way there. Afterwards, return to the main trail and continue onwards towards the Old Well (stop 8) and Yeung Hau Temple (stop 9) just a few minutes away on foot.
    Written 18 October 2021
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