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Tai Kwun

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Tai Kwun

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This is a prepaid redemption voucher. Please take MTR Tung Chung Line, walk out from Exit A, Tung Chung Station, walk for 10 minute (700m) to Cable Car Tung Chung Station, then go to Fast Lane Counter at ticketing<br>office. Show your redemption voucher, collect a fast entry paper ticket and access the group entry to skip the line. Round trip cable car ride is included. Your E-ticket is an open ticket, valid for 6 month from your selected travel date.
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Hong Kong, China1,237 contributions11,146 helpful votes
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A beautiful place with heritage , colonial structures and modern shopping experience The old police station has converted in to a food, shopping and museum It’s super
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Date of experience: November 2020
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DimitriosMP wrote a review Oct 2020
Hong Kong, China30 contributions55 helpful votes
With so many options in Tai Kwun, it's definitely worth having a date here. Classy, chic, and unique!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Sep 2020
United Kingdom3,933 contributions6,341 helpful votes
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This is a ‘don’t miss’ location, right in central Hong Kong. Entry is free. This whole space was once the colonial Central Police Station, built from mid-1800s on, to maintain law and order during the early days of British colonial rule. A recent $484 million project has preserved the old buildings and turned it into a lively, new area of bars, restaurants, pop-up art, shops and historical sights. Highlights are: 1. Dragonfly – a small, intimate bar with a big wow factor (see separate review) 2. Madame Fu’s – perfect for a special night (see separate review) 3. Central Magistracy – visit the reconstructed the colonial courtroom, with video dramatisations of early cases (free entry). 4. Victoria Gaol (1841) – wander through the old, spartan prison cells as they were. The harsh times are captured in interactive screens and there are a lot of information panels (free entry) 5. Pop-up Artwork – there are ever-changing artworks and sculptures throughout the site. TIP: The Information Centre is in the Barracks Block. Head there first and pick up a free information guide and map that includes a self-guided walk. They are available in several languages and there’s an app also. Free tours are offered at different times, although these have not been running during the covid-19 pandemic. Information throughout the site was very impressive. GETTING THERE: Coming from Central, take the Mid-Levels escalator. As you approach Hollywood Rd, there is a footbridge on your left that crosses above the road and leads you into the central courtyard (see photo).
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Date of experience: July 2020
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OrderintheHouse wrote a review Jul 2020
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My wife and I were part of an afternoon and evening Grayline HK tour of Hong Kong Island on 29 December 2019 which culminated in a Bauhinia Harbour Dinner Cruise incorporating the nightly Symphony of Lights experience. The tour took in a number of key attractions of Hong Kong Island before the Dinner Cruise and included a visit to Tai Kwun, the Centre for Heritage and Arts, located in the Central District of Hong Kong Island on the corner of Hollywood Road and the rather steep Old Bailey Street. It was an interesting and educational visit marred somewhat by a wet and miserable rainy day in Hong Kong. Nevertheless, we did our best to get the best out of the experience. Tai Kwun occupies the former Central Police Compound, established to maintain law and order during the early days of British colonial rule in Hong Kong. The two commanding buildings in the compound are the Barrack Block, built in 1864 and the Police Headquarters Block, built in 1919, directly opposite each other and separated by an impressive parade ground. They are both very grand buildings incorporating very different architectural styles. We arrived in late afternoon leading into early evening and both buildings were further enhanced lit up with fancy lights once the sun disappeared. The Police Headquarters Block has magnificent marble staircases inside and classic arched hallways. The four storey Barrack Block is blessed with very delightful covered arched verandahs on each storey. We enjoyed walking through both these fine buildings. The heritage Police Headquarters Block looked splendid against the modern high rise buildings in the background providing a neat contrast between the old and the new. The compound is very extensive with 16 heritage buildings as well as 2 contemporary buildings. We concluded that a visitor could easily devote at least half a day, perhaps even a full day, to take in everything on offer. We on the other hand only had just over an hour here and so the only other buildings we visited were a couple of the Victoria Prison Halls and the very interesting Central Magistracy. A noted feature upstairs in the Central Magistracy is a reconstructed Court Room and here we could experience a dramatisation of one of the very first cases being tried in this place. It was very well put together and gave us good insight into how justice was administered on the residents of the colony so long ago. After the dramatisation we were invited to take photos of ourselves at the reconstructed Magistrate’s Desk - A chance to be a "magistrate for a moment". At the prison hall we gained insight into the harsh conditions of prisoners serving a sentence here. One of the Prison’s most famous “residents”, possible confined to Hall B, was the former Vietnamese leader Ho Chi-Minh. An information sign in the narrow Hall B courtyard explains that he came to Hong Kong to escape persecution from the French authorities in 1930 and was arrested by the Hong Kong police in 1931. There are a number of interesting open air restaurants overlooking the parade ground offering food and drinks for tourists to enjoy. We did not take advantage of a meal as our Dinner Cruise was to follow later. There are also a number of interesting shops, notably in the Barrack Block. After our short visit, we concluded that Tai Kwun is worth including in a Traveller’s Hong Kong Island itinerary, if nothing else but to gain better insight into the fascinating history of the legal, judiciary and penal system in Hong Kong.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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cubfan22 wrote a review Jul 2020
Manila, Philippines91 contributions115 helpful votes
This is the location of the former police station and prison in Central. They have done an excellent job of retaining the historic details of the old prison and it is possible to visit some of the cells to see what things were like in the times when this was a prison. Free tours (45 minutes) are offered in both English and Cantonese (check website for times). The grounds also contain some nice restaurants, so no need to plan a separate place for lunch or dinner. Overall, you can spend a couple hours here if you plan to eat as well.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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