What makes Hong Kong so unique? Is it the rare mixture and integration of East and West? Or is it how we have developed our city from nothing but a fishing village into the cosmopolitan city it is now? For those who are not so familiar with the history with Hong Kong, let’s visit these places to take a trip down memory lane:

 

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Tai Kwun
The newly renewed Tai Kwun was previously the Central Prison, home to the petty thieves and robbers of the past. Now the cells are transformed into Bars and some departments into art exhibitions. There are tours here that are available for those who are interested in the history of Tai Kwun!

Address:
10 Hollywood Rd, Central

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Blue House
Named a Historical Heritage, the Blue House has been renovated to inhabit people under the Blue House Scheme, intent on fostering the sense of a community that values the heritage itself. They have also refurbished the lobby and surroundings to represent the history of the area. There are also tours you can join here by booking beforehand via their website.

Address:
72A Stone Nullah Ln, Wan Chai

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St. John’s Cathedral
One of the oldest Christian churches in Hong Kong, the St. John’s Cathedral has been here since 1849. Celebrating their 170 anniversary this year, the Cathedral has served the public through the first few decades of colonisation and even through the Japanese occupation.

Address:
4-8 Garden Rd, Central

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Man Mo Temple
One of the most famous traditional temples in Hong Kong, the Man Mo Temple has dozens of incense spiralling overhead which are great for photography. The temple is elaborate and glorious for something built over 100 years ago.

Address:
124-126 Hollywood Rd, Central

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Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden
Full of calming lotus ponds and beautiful wooden architecture, the Chi Lin Nunnery was built around 1934. The Garden is a beautiful display of zen and nature, one of the best vegetarian restaurants is here too!

Address:
5 Chi Lin Dr, Sheung Yuen Leng

 

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Duddell Street Steps and Lamp
The last few Gas lights that still remain in Hong Kong give a taste of what life was back then before the neon lights took over the streets. This well-preserved pavement is perfect for photos and a trip down memory lane.

Address:
Duddell Street, Central

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Main Building, University of Hong Kong
The Main Building is one the oldest architectures in the University of Hong Kong. The foundation stone was laid down in 1910, the building was completely stripped of timber and wood during the war period and occupation but was restored to its former splendour afterwards. It was declared a historical monument in 1984.

Address:
The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

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Old Wanchai Post Office
Now renewed as an Environmental Protection Centre, the Old Wanchai Post Office was built in 1912. Over a century old, it continues to serve Hong Kong citizens in a different way in order to preserve the architecture.

Address:
221 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

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