Signal Hill Garden
Signal Hill Garden
3.5

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The area
Neighborhood: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the major tourist and shopping areas of Hong Kong. With a high concentration of hotels, retail shops and commercial offices – it’s a busy and bustling neighborhood that never sleeps. On the surface, Tsim Sha Tsui seems to only feature an abundant number of high-end retail stores selling designer brands and jewelry, owing to its popularity with high-budget shopping tours. However, it also contains a diverse range of attractions for the entire family. Whether taking a walk in Kowloon Park, exploring museums, going shopping or grabbing a bite to eat – Tsim Sha Tsui has something for everyone.
How to get there
  • East Tsim Sha Tsui • 2 min walk
  • Tsim Sha Tsui • 4 min walk

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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,061 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Signal Tower Garden is a public green space in TST between Minden Row and Chatham Road and where you find the Signal Tower, a Declared Monument that was built in 1907. You can visit the tower freely. Opening hours are now 9-11am and 4-6pm daily.

Between 1908 and 1933, Signal Tower housed and dropped a time ball apparatus to help mariners and local residents to calibrate their watches and clocks. Between 1908 and 1920, the ball dropped once a day before 1pm. From 1920 to 1933, the ball was dropped twice around 10am and 4pm.

The tower includes Baroque and Edwardian red brick architecture. It is three stories with a winding staircase with decent views out the tower windows. There are a couple of very short walking areas, a Chinese pavilion and battlement that can be seen in the garden area.

In the end, Signal Tower is an interesting monument but probably something most interesting to history buffs specifically looking for historic sites around Hong Kong. Note that there is an earlier Time Ball Tower (1885-1907) located at 1881 Heritage in the more centrally located area of TST.
Written April 14, 2019
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,061 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
The Signal Tower is a historic building directly associated with Hong Kong’s naval and shipping history. It is located up a rather steep hill that requires a 3-5 minute climb on a paved footpath, accessed off Minden Row, behind The Yacht Club in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The tower used to house a bell that would drop during the day to help navigators and ship captains to synchronize their watches and clocks. The tower has been restored and can be visited from 10-12am and 4-6pm. However, the ball that once dropped is not here. There is a windy staircase inside, leading up two flights of stairs. Two levels offer decent views out into the harbour but there are now trees on the hill that obstruct the views, wouldn't have been the case a century ago. There is one picture inside the small tower of what it looked like in the early 20th century.

On the hill there is also a small Chinese pavilion, a public toilet and some park benches to have a seat. There is also the remains of a cannon battlement, which has been cleared out and fenced off for some time, leaving little to see.

Overall, the walk up to Signal Hill is steep and there is little to see here. Views are quite obstructed and if air quality conditions are poor, there is very little reason to invest your time trying to find this place. Even on clear days, there are still better places to find in Hong Kong for views of the harbour and Hong Kong Skyline. Only if you have a particular interest in naval or shipping history, will you find this a place worth visiting. Those also interested in finding Hong Kong’s declared heritage buildings might also be interested in a quick visit here.
Written August 13, 2012
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sushobhan3216
Pittsburgh, PA189 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
The original USP of Signal Hill was the sight of the beautiful harbor. Now, you can only see some parts of it in between tall buildings. Nonetheless, I enjoy tall buildings, and climbing up the Tower was quite an experience as well. This is a little off Mody Road and surprisingly empty despite being in TST. Plenty of locals practicing Tai Chi here, so be polite if you're a tourist. The stairs and ramp are also a little steep, so be ready to sweat it a bit (more than usual in HK anyway).
Written August 17, 2017
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Samuel C
Vancouver Island, Canada254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
this well hidden park with views of the harbour is visited by a few locals, I shared the entire park with three others during a morning walk - nice well kept with view in the middle of TST.
Written February 6, 2020
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Hong Kong, China5,710 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
This park is well located and has a decent view over towards the island, as well as having a pretty signal tower. However, the vast majority of the park is just covered over with concrete, including areas surrounding very old-looking trees and nearly every slope. There is a well-maintained public toilet on the site, which I suppose is a positive but the real shame is that when you get to the top of the short but steep climb, the tower's interior smells of urine and animal droppings, it has no information or anything at all inside, and you cannot even climb to the top; and the pagoda is just surrounded by concrete with a view over the smoking area. This could be a lovely park if some thought was put into it, an oasis away from the city's busiest district, but at the moment it's just a disappointment.
Written February 27, 2017
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Karen L
Hong Kong, China9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
Its locate quite near K11 shopping mall. Staircase about 3 mins, you will reach the top of the Signal mountain. It is totally different to the hustle and bustle. A lot of greenery tree over hundered years. It is nice place to practice Qi-gung, Tai Chi and yoga! You will definitely meet the real master there! ;)
Written March 8, 2017
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Fe_Flyer
Boston, MA297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
I love finding little places like this in cities. The entrance is on Minden Road, a dead-end off Mody Road in Kowloon. Yes, the views have become successively obstructed by trees and buildings, but you can still see the harbor, catch a breeze, and rest for a few moments.

The path up is sort of wheelchair-accessible, if you have a gorilla to push the wheelchair. Generally not for the handicapped. Public restrooms available, and you can go in the tower during opening hours.

Take fifteen minutes and stop by. Not worth a special trip, though.
Written August 8, 2015
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia14,003 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Tucked in between Mody and Chatham South Road is a small historical garden built on a small hill called Signal Hill Garden, inside this small garden free clean toilet facilities can be found as well as some interesting buildings and glimpses of the Victoria Harbour. Firstly the impressive three level red brick Blackhead Point signal tower, which can be climbed during opening hours of 9-11am and 4-6pm daily, we missed by just minutes, and a Chinese Pagoda. The signal tower, declared a national monument, was built in 1907 for the purpose of signally the correct time to the mariners and public using time ball apparatus. The garden offers some respite from the crowds. At the time of our visit the garden was not peaceful due to adjoining building construction in progress.
Written December 15, 2019
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand23,147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
-Accidentally ended up here after trying to get to the garden of the stars. Wasn't sure what to expect but walked up to see what was there. There is a nice viewpoint at the top which looked into the harbour. There is also a pagoda in case it rains.
It wasn't until I got to the top that I realised there was a tower here too. You could actually go up the tower but it was closed when I got there. It opens from 0900-1100 and 1600-1800. Quite an interesting find and it might be a unique experience.
Written June 3, 2018
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Caustonator
Frodsham, UK1,484 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
I got very anxious climbing this tower because my toddler was at risk of falling through the railings and all for what? A sense of nostalgia maybe, but the view has completely gone. There's a children's playground nearby which is quite busy. All I would say is don't take a young child up this tower.
Written November 5, 2017
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