Most fondly known as Colonial Hong Kong for the period of 1841 until 1997, when the island was handed by the British back to China mainland, Hong Kong has had a rich and interesting history. It is a great success story in many ways, with time proving the strength and tenacity of the local inhabitants, who prevailed and often thrived through the many changes and challenges of this tiny 1,042 km² (402 sq mi) colony.
I shall be exploring various modern remnants of Victorian Hong Kong, specifically surrounding the queens reign of the years from 1819 – 1901, since I have such a strong affinity for them.
There are many such pieces of history to be found, preserved by the current Hong Kong government, totalling around 108 by the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the HKSAR.
I’ve created some Victorian era inspired itinerary ideas for those who may like to visit and see some of the artistry of buildings that are from before and around the Victorian era which was a time of resplendant opulence in architecture in Hong Kong.
Please do enjoy my Victorian Hong Kong itineraries for trips of duration of 1 Day, 2 Days and 3 Days.
I shall myself mostly explore and visit the Hong Kong island declared monuments, which include Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps in Central, The Exterior of the Helena May on Garden Road, The Bethanie in Pokfulam, The Exterior of the Old Supreme Court, Central Police Station Compound on Hollywood Road and the Old Stanley Police Station, amongst others.
Some Victorian era places are not listed in the declared monuments list but I shall be visiting and writing about them.
– The Hong Kong Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest zoological and botanical centres in the world and saw the first stage of its 5.6 hectares open to the public in 1864.
– The Peak Tram, which began operation on 30 May 1888.
– Murray House, a Victorian-era building in Stanley and one of the oldest surviving public buildings in Hong Kong. Built in the present-day business district of Central in 1844 as officers’ quarters of the Murray Barracks, the building was moved to the south of Hong Kong Island during the 2000’s.
– The statues of Queen Victoria and Albert – which stand separately at Victoria Park and Hong Kong park – is also a must, as the tale of their former history is an interesting one.
However, the few options on Kowloon side are also wonderfully enticing and I shall be sure to report on the experience of eating in a renovated stable at the ‘1881’ Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound in Tsim Sha Tsui, visiting the Remnants of the South Gate of Kowloon Walled City, Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui, and the Former Kowloon British School, as well as other adventures I may have.
Brilliantly informative Hong Kong blogs that will be often referenced are Gwulo.com and HongWrong.com, which have done absolutely breathtaking work compiling and exploring all manner of facets of Hong Kong’s history.
If you see other images or references that haven’t been tagged, please leave a comment, as I have tremendous respect for the people who have so enriched our lives with their thoughtful documenting of our history.
At some point I’d love to create a little Victorian Hong Kong daily itinerary for reference by those who would like to glimpse and visit the colonial roots of our bustling modern city.
Although a little dated, this documentary – ‘The Hong Kong Story (History of Hong Kong 1841 – 1997)’ beautifully captures the spirit and tenacity of the local and international people who built this marvellous city and made possible what we see today.
Fabulously eccentric TV host, curvaceous model and founder of Hong Kong ’s first luxury corset brand, Pearls & Arsenic. I love sharing my passion for all things elegantly old world and live with my Dearest Beloved and a fluffy Angora rabbit named Lord Pemberly III, who is a ridiculous snob. Find me on IG @RavenTao or FB : Raven Tao
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