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Review of 1881 Heritage

1881 Heritage
Ranked #50 of 824 things to do in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Hong Kong, China
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2012

It is actually a hotel open around three years ago, before it was being renew, it was a historical building belongs to the police. At first i really like to go there because there is always a lot of festival decorations and art pieces for photo. Then i start to lose interested in this place because it is really boring and lazy to take the stairs up for the same view. There are only brand-name shops around but recently, they also got a few restaurants and bars there as i heard but i did not try. By the way, the restaurants in the hotel were highly recommended by some magazines and i also heard that the hotel is quite good standard in service. I guess if you will be doing shopping on that street, you can properly go to take a look but nothing much can do there.

Visited June 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Worth checking out, food good but pricey, very smart location

Visited May 2012
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“History comes alive - great views too!”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

1881 Heritage was the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police for over a century, and continued to be so until about 15 years ago. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, it was built in 1884 and has now been officially christened as 1881 Heritage. It is a very stately, handsome building with a striking Victorian facade in line with its rich colonial past.

Today, its shopping arcade is home to an impressive range of luxury brands. A heritage hotel is also part of the complex. A quick tour of the retail space at 1881 Heritage establishes that the people of Hong Kong love the big brands & are bulge bracket spenders - owning prestige brands is apparently a key measure of success. The stores are a combination of eastern and western brands ranging from Shanghai Tang to the extremely European IWC Schaffhausen.

Apart from the magnificent buildings and green lawns, the grounds of 1881 Heritage feature various props such as carriages and other installations which provide a host of photo opportunities that seem very popular with young couples - we saw at least three newly wed couples being photographed at different locations on the 1881 Heritage grounds while we were there.

However for the more committed, interested traveller, 1881 Heritage also offers an important slice of Hong Kong history.

- Among the oldest government buildings in existence, the buildings here have been officially declared as monuments by the government.

- Apart from the main building with its imposing facade, there is also a domed Time Ball Tower where the tradition of dropping the time ball at 1pm still continues.

- Adjacent to the Time Ball Tower is the Typhoon Mast, where in years past, signals used to be raised manually during typhoons to guide vessels approaching Victoria Harbour.

- A Noon Day Gun mounted in front of the main building is a favourite photo spot it seems.

- We are told that during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong during World War II, this building was commandeered by the Japanese Navy to serve as their operational base.

- Though it does not seem to attract too much attention, there is an absolutely magnificent vintage fire engine on display at one side of the 1881 Heritage complex - possibly a throwback to the old Kowloon Fire Station which we are told was also located in this area.

Apart from the visual feast that it offers during the day, don't miss seeing 1881 Heritage at night - beautifully lit, it looks straight out of the pages of a fairy tale!

Visited March 2012
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“Weddings galore!!!”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

We stood and watched numerous Chinese wedding parties being photographed in this lovely place. Well worth exploring.

Visited February 2012
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“Excellent ReDevelopment of the old HongKong Marine Police building”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

This is one of the most beautifully re-development of a heritage building of previously the HongKong Marine Police. Located right at the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, the shopping district of Kowloon, HongKong.

Craved right in the side of a hill, this award winning 1881 HERITAGE development consists of a wide selection of restaurants, shops of international name brands stores in over 130,000 square feet of space.

There is an exhibition hall located in the bunkers of the police station that describes how the building was used previously and the re-development. The day and night views of the place is equally beautiful and wonderful way to spend 2-3 hours walking around.

Not to be missed....!!!

Visited March 2012
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