If you are in Hong Kong for one day and you want to absorb as much of the city’s colonial culture as you can, what are the historical sights to see to get the most out of your time?
The streets are intensely crowded with beautiful Chinese culture – from noisy noodle shops, smelly drying fish, and other social and gastronomic cultures that date back beyond the earliest written record of noodles found in a book dated to the Eastern Han period (25–220).
The city buzzes with businesses built around financial and shipping trades that boomed in the 1980’s and 90’s thanks to the foundation of reforms implemented by Sir Murray MacLehose, 25th Governor of Hong Kong (1971–82) that improved the public services, environment, housing, welfare, education and infrastructure of Hong Kong (and whom the 100 kilometre MacLehose Trail is named after due to his love of hiking and establishment of the Country Parks; where the major Oxfam Trailwalker fundraising event takes place annually in November).
Hong Kong’s government does take action to preserve historical buildings and monuments, and a territory-wide survey conducted between 1996 and 2000 by the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) recorded some 8,800 buildings as built heritage in Hong Kong.
Herein is my one day historical itinerary for Victorian Hong Kong :
- <Optional> Breakfast at the Peninsula Hotel TST, built in 1928 (7:00 am – 10:00 am M-Sat)
- Hong Kong history museum (10AM–6PM)
- Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Center (10 am – 6 pm M-Fri)
- Lunch at 1881 Heritage (or Peninsula Hotel nearby)
- Star Ferry over to Hong Kong side.
- Bus or taxi to Stanley Market to relocated Murray House, built in 1844.
- Dinner at The Peak in The Peak Lookout, built in 1888 (Taxi or bus from IFC ferry piers)
This might seem a little short but as you will discover, Hong Kong is noisy and crowded and this combined with the heat and humidity of summer, wet drudge of rainy season, or damp chill of winter can make it rather exhausting.
Usually when people come to visit I break this into two days, with a very relaxed evening or very relaxed lunchtime break for them to catch their breath.
There are plenty more beauties to see including the Walled City Park and St Johns Cathedral which had its groundbreaking in 1847 and has some beautiful stained glass windows despite them not being the originals.
If you’d like to visit some of the historical buildings around town, here’s a nice list.
I’ll be sure to post another 2 Day Victorian Itinerary and a 3 Day Victorian Itinerary soon!
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