Government Buildings in Hong Kong

Government Buildings in Hong Kong, China

Government Buildings in Hong Kong

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  • Rehman A
    Colombo, Sri Lanka183 contributions
    The free public observation floor is on the 50th floor. It consists of a mini-museum, and almost 180° views of the city and bay. Definitely worth a visit, if you are tight on time. No photos allowed in the office/entrance areas, and you must wear a tag at all times (which should be returned when leaving).
    Written December 9, 2019
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  • Sophie T
    Hong Kong, China25 contributions
    T-Park aims to reuse things and to use renewable energy. T-Park provides a lot of areas that is both kid friendly and interesting. My favorite part is the T.Spa. Remember to bring a swim suit! There are tours as well that provide a lot of new knowledge. The food there is quite expensive so bring your own food if you plan on eating lunch or a snack
    Written December 27, 2018
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    There’s a surprising Buckingham Palace connection here. The grand colonial building was designed by the same two Englishmen, Sir Aston Webb and Ingress Bell, who also designed the eastern façade of Buckingham Palace.
    Built in 1900, it has had a few reincarnations. Since 2015 it has been the Court of Final Appeal. Prior to that it housed the Legislative Council for a few years but for most of its life, it was the Supreme Court (1912–1985). It had a short, dark phase during WWII, when the Japanese invaded and occupied Hong Kong (1941-45) and converted the building into the Kempeitai military police headquarters.
    Today it sits in a prime position in Central against a backdrop of skyscrapers and modern development. Most tourists will pass it at some stage in their travels around Hong Kong. The three storey granite facade with ionic columns gives it a classical and imposing but harsh look. The main features are the colonnaded front, a dome topped with a bronze Tudor crown and a pediment that covers the central section of the building. The columns and dome can be easily seen from whichever angle you pass by but you’ll need to go to Statue Square to see the pediment, covering the central section of the building. Here, you will also see the 2.7m tall statue of Themis, the blindfolded Greek goddess who represents impartial justice. Beneath Themis is a carving of the British Royal Coat of Arms, featuring lions, a unicorn and harp.
    It is one of the buildings you will see if you follow the Central Heritage Walking Trail.
    Written April 21, 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This small colonial building is charming but on its own, it’s not something you’d go out of your way to see. However it is one of the older historical sights on the Wan Chai Heritage Walking Trail and stands in the middle of the main road through Wan Chai.
    It is a curious sight, a reminder of a past century, standing hemmed in between the tall buildings of central Wan Chai. This is so very typical of Wan Chai where you find old and new Hong Kong constantly juxtaposed.
    The other curious thing about it is the way it stands perched high up on a granite base. It's a reminder that when it was built, the shoreline was much closer. In the mid 1800s, before land reclamation started shifting the goalposts, the coastline washed up to Queen's Road East. Built in 1912/1913, the post office would have been within a sone's throw of the sea.
    It started its working life as a post office in 1915 and continued to operate until 1992. Normally you can go inside and entry is free. However it was closed during covid-19 restrictions and has remained closed for renovations. There’s not a lot to see inside but the lovely old red letterboxes have been retained. A bronze sign beside the building has a brief history in Chinese and English.
    Written April 18, 2021
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  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, UK1,322 contributions
    Old colonial residence. Very hard to get a good view of it so I would just suggest walking past as part of a tour of the area.
    Written February 6, 2019
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  • YMChan
    Singapore12 contributions
    The location provides a convenient place for special events and the participants could engage the crowd directly.
    Written March 14, 2019
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  • Nick D
    Calgary, Canada1,310 contributions
    it wasn't always easy to find buildings from the colonial English days of Hong Kong but the French Mission building is almost next door to St John's Cathedral. An interesting architectural selection - brick, heavy, squat, almost as if a defensible government building was being created.
    Written April 7, 2017
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  • victorcyho
    Toronto, Canada589 contributions
    When you look from Victoria Harbor, you can tell when you see the Prince of Wales building. Sticks out like a sore thumb. Grey and blocky. It really does not fit in eight he surrounding. None the Less, it is a sight to see.

    I would not go just to see It, but if you are passing by, just take a look.
    Written October 3, 2017
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This distinctive building was purpose-built in 2011 for the Hong Kong Legislature. The most striking feature is the arch-like structure - much like a modern triumphal arch. One of the ‘legs’ houses the Legislative Council, the one is occupied by the Executive Council. The horizontal floor between the two, holds government offices.
    The ‘hole’ in the arch was intended to represent an open door.
    The building sits facing the harbour. The beautifully green lawns of Tamar Park stretch between it and the water. It’s a very lovely, open space in the centre of Hong Kong.
    If you walk along the Central Promenade, you’ll get a good view of the building. Even if you only have a short stay in Hong Kong, I’d recommend this walk. From any point along the promenade, you also have an open view right across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon and Tsim Sha Tsui
    NOTE: In the past you’ve been able to visit Legco and join one of their free guided tours but these are currently suspended. A virtual tour is available instead on their website.
    Written November 15, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,823 contributions
    The Government House is located on Upper Albert Road in Central District. This is a declared monument building that was originally constructed in 1855. It was given significant remodelling after WWII resulting in the Neoclassical and modest Art Deco architecture and decor seen today.

    Historically, the Government House was the official residence of the vast majority of Hong Kong Governors. Today, it continues to serve as an important venue for the Chief Executive when hosting international delegates and functions.

    During special occasions, called Open Day, the public are allowed to enter the Government House grounds to visit the gardens and parts of the House. Unfortunately, there is no fixed schedule and upcoming Open Days are only announced with short notice. On all other days, it is not possible for the public to enter the grounds or visit up close. As such, the closest view most will get is by peering through the front gates at seeing what you can of the Government House from a short distance away.

    You can visit the dedicated website for more specific information regarding the Government House building, gardens, history and function.

    Note: Of related historical interest is the Boundary Stone of the former Governor's Mountain Lodge that was located at The Peak long ago. This interesting historic boundary stone is placed along the footpath just beside the gated entrance and is a neat thing to see when passing by.
    Written March 3, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,823 contributions
    The Old District Office North is a Declared Monument building along Wan Tau Kok Lane, around a 5 minute walk north of the Tai Po Market MTR Station. Located just beside the Old Tai Po Police Station, this heritage building was constructed in 1907 and served as the earliest seat of civil administration in the New Territories after it was leased to the British in 1898.

    Visitors can walk the grounds around this heritage building from 9am to 6pm daily. What you will find is a two storey building of typical early 20th-century colonial architecture with a red brick exterior. There are open verandahs with brick arches on both sides that are stately and attractive to see. Impressively, the building has remained mostly unaltered since its original construction.

    The Old District Office North can be conveniently viewed in around 10 minutes. Afterwards, you can also stop by the Old Tai Po Police Station, another early 20th century heritage site just a stone's throw distance away. The Green Hub looks after this heritage attraction these days. They are very welcoming of visitors to enter and have a look around the Old Police Station.
    Written November 25, 2021
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