Hong Kong is a city that is steeped in history, with lots of historical places and buildings. Many of these buildings have now been transformed, giving them a new lease on life, for example Tai Kwun was once the Old Central Police Station dating back 170 years, transforming it to a Cultural Heritage and Arts Centre. These new developments are attracting locals and tourists alike with their unique architecture, history and redevelopment into the new must-see places in the city.
Tai Kwun is an historical building dating back 170 years which is situated in the restored Central Police Station compound, one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong, comprising three declared monuments—the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison.
It has been transformed into a Centre for Heritage and Arts and comprises interactive tours, heritage storytelling, education, exhibitions as well has impressive outdoor spaces to house an art gallery and an auditorium. Not to mention many retail outlets as well as numerous restaurants and bars to choose from on site.
Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central
Jao Tsung-I Academy
130 years ago this Academy was next to the sea and started life as a customs station during the Quing Dynasty. Sprawled over 32,000 square metres on a serene hillside in Lai Chi Kok, Jao Tsung-I Academy is one of Hong Kong’s cultural landmarks and is unique in its promotion of various aspects of Chinese culture.
Visitors will find guided tours, cultural exhibitions, performances, weekend markets, seminars, workshops and educational programmes throughout the year. If you fancy staying the night, there is also a Heritage Lodge, which offers 89 guest rooms, as well as a restaurant, café, teahouse, and souvenir shop.
Address: 800 Castle Peak Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Based in the former cotton spinning mills of Nan Fung Textiles in Tsuen Wan, the Mills is now a destination consisting of a business, experiential retail, and a non-profit cultural institution.
Of particular interest to visitors – the cultural institution, the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile offers multiple programmes that will include exhibitions, workshops and seminars. The Centre aims to instil the spirit of creativity and innovation, a legacy of Hong Kong’s textile industry.
Address: 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan
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