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Stand in front of the cathedral and take a full length picture with your smartphone. Be sure to capture the Gothic architecture by placing your camera low (or ask a friend to hold it low) and shoot from a low angle. For extra atmospheric shots, take your photographs in the evening.
Did you know that Central Market housed 255 stalls in the 1940s and was the only meat market on Hong Kong Island? Shoppers could get fresh chicken, pork, beef and even horse meat, which was common in wartime Hong Kong. Today, you can still find the remnants of the past in the market, such as original stalls with concrete countertops and cast iron meat hooks.
There is a long horizontal window just above the 'Up' sign on the staircase. Use it to capture a sliver of the sky for an abstract shot.
Other than the well-known objects like the staircase or the ceiling lamps, the greenery in the open-air public area of Central Market can also be the perfect backdrop for selfies or food shots.
Located off the bustling Gage and Peel streets, Pak Tsz Lane Park is an easily accessible tranquil spot that gives you a glimpse of its lesser-known history. This once-forgotten space was awarded the HKILA Silver Award 2012 under the landscape design category by the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, and is designed by the same architect (Ronald Lu & Partners) behind Hong Kong’s iconic Xiqu Centre.
Have you ever noticed a chimney-shaped post on the lower section of Pottinger Street (on the right-hand side if you look up), above Queen's Road Central? It was actually the ventilation pipe of a former public toilet, hidden among market stalls on the street. At the end of the 19th century, when Hong Kong's buildings didn't have flush toilets, public toilets were built underground in order to save space and improve sanitary conditions.
Stand near the top of Pottinger Street and photograph Tai Kwun together with the slopping street — two historic Hong Kong attractions — in one shot.
Lok Hing Lane Temporary Sitting-out Area, located near the top of Pottinger Street, provides an enchanting backdrop to your photos with four red brick pavilions covered in greenery.
Although Tai Ping Shan Street shares its name with Victoria Peak, locally known as Tai Ping Shan, they definitely don’t have the same incline! The neighbourhood is nicknamed PoHo not only because it’s near Po Hing Fong, but also because of the amount of hidden gems present in the area, as 'po' means treasures in Cantonese. There are several old temples around, too. They were one of the first structures built by Chinese immigrants who settled in Hong Kong in the late 19th century to bring communities together.
Touring the temples of Tai Ping Shan Street
Exploring Old Town Central is like taking a trip back in time. The neighbourhood, which encompasses Central and Sheung Wan, was where some of the earliest chapters of modern Hong Kong history unfolded. Today, about 180 years since the British first settled at Possession Point, this district is still home to cobblestone streets, heritage buildings, traditional temples and other fascinating landmarks that illustrate its storied past and its early role in shaping the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong as we know it today.
This Edwardian brick building is a symbol of the development of medical sciences in Hong Kong. After the bubonic plague hit the city in the late 19th century, the government stepped up efforts in medical development, which eventually led to the establishment of the first bacteriology institute. The laboratory came into service in 1906 as the city’s first purpose-built clinical laboratory for public health, and the cornerstone of the development of medical sciences in Hong Kong. The museum now contains important exhibits on the city’s medical history and is the first institution of its kind to compare Chinese and Western pathologies.
Despite its Edwardian-style façade – complete with Greek columns and stained glass windows – this four-storey museum is dedicated to the life and achievements of Dr Sun Yat-sen, who was an instrumental figure in the establishment of the Republic of China.includes two permanent exhibitions that showcase artefacts from Dr Sun’s eventful life and career, and also highlights the statesman’s close ties to Hong Kong, where he received his secondary and university education and began to nurture some of his progressive ideas.
Walk up from Possession Street and you will find yourself at. A number of distinctive ancient temples line the two sides of this 300-metre-long path. The most eye-catching of them all is probably the smoky, red temple called Kwong Fook I Tsz. Built in 1856, it is a classic example of a temple that fulfilled diverse roles. It was an ancestral temple for migrant families, a shelter for the ill and also housed memorial tablets for immigrant workers who passed away while in Hong Kong. Also be sure to visit Kwun Yum Temple near the staircase, and the unassuming Fook Tak Palace — all of which are still frequented by worshippers.
A five-minute walk from Tai Ping Shan Street,is a stunning complex estimated to have been built more than 150 years ago. It comprises three blocks, each serving different purposes. The namesake structure, Man Mo Temple, pays tribute to the God of Literature and the God of War, while Lit Shing Kung was created for all heavenly gods. Finally, Kung Sor was an assembly hall for resolving community disputes.
A great place to visit for history lovers, the well-preserved historic building houses a bronze bell dating back to 1847 and a sedan chair from 1862. The structure itself is just as fascinating, and comprises granite pillars, granite door frames, engraved wood plaques and ancient mural paintings.
You can easily recognise Hong Kong’s oldest mosque by its mint-green facade and gorgeous Islamic-influenced architecture. With its Arabic-style windows and gates, the Declared Monument stands out among its Mid-Levels surroundings. Aside from being a place of worship for Muslims in Hong Kong,is also an important historic landmark that dates all the way back to the 1840s.
, meaning ‘big station’ in Cantonese, was a nickname for the former Central Police Station Compound, which boasts a history of more than 170 years. The site comprises 16 heritage buildings – all magnificent works of architecture. The former Police Headquarters, for example, is a resplendent example of Neoclassicism while the barracks, built between 1862 and 1864, is known for its distinctive Roman-style arch.
Wonderfully preserved, the historical site has since been transformed into an arts and culture hub – and one of the largest conservation projects to date in Hong Kong. Along with two newly built structures, the original buildings now house art galleries, retail shops and various bars and restaurants. Tai Kwun also hosts curated art exhibitions, performances, workshops, film screenings and guided tours, so be sure to check ahead for schedules and details.
From Tai Kwun, walk down Hollywood Road and you’ll soon reach, one of the 16 stops along the Dr Sun Yat-sen Historic Trail. This tranquil patch of green was built to commemorate the achievements of the Furen Literary Society, which was founded by revolutionary leaders Yeung Ku-wan and Tse Tsan-tai on 13 March 1892. The group eventually merged with Dr Sun’s Revive China Society and was heavily involved in the 1911 Chinese Revolution. Revitalised with an urban architectural design, this memorial park features exhibition panels, interactive facilities and an educational playground that traces the society’s history and revolutionary activities.
The former Bridges Street Market has undergone a massive transformation to become the, Asia’s first exhibition and education facility to showcase and celebrate the role of media and journalism in Hong Kong. The Grade III historic building houses interactive exhibitions demonstrating the development of local media, spanning from its infancy in the form of newspaper and radio to television and digital media. Join the free seminars, workshops and guided tours for a deeper understanding and appreciation of Hong Kong press.
One of the revitalisation projects under Urban Renewal Authority and managed by Chinachem Group, the revitalisedis one of the latest developments in Central. Coveringover a 12,000-square-metre area, the Grade III historic building, located between Queen’s Road Central and Des Voeux Road, has been converted into a ‘Playground for All’, offering experiences and venues for dining and retail aimed at connecting the local community to the neighbourhood’s history, tradition, and contemporary culture.
At the junction of Pottinger Street and Hollywood Road, scan the decorated pole to download the CITY IN TIME app and travel to the 1930s to the area currently known as Tai Kwun, Pottinger Street and the nearby neighbourhood. their website.brings Hong Kong’s extraordinary history back to life by transforming smartphones into magical ‘augmented reality’ windows, contrasting 360-degree panoramic images of old Hong Kong with today’s surroundings. The historical scenes are supplemented with lively animations, informative descriptions of major landmarks, and selfie and sharing functions for uploading to social media platforms. For more details about nearby scenes and the CITY IN TIME project, please visit