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Central and Admiralty: Delving Deep into the Heart 18
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    Since the beginning of the colonial era in 1841, the Central district has been at the very heart of the life of Hong Kong. Power resides in its rich collection of political, commercial, judicial, cultural, religious and military buildings, which have come to define this roaring engine of the city. From vintage colonial edifices to avant-garde designs, the built heritage of Central speaks to more than a century's worth of stories. Stand at this fulcrum of the city's life and marvel at the fantastic array of architectural gems that have shaped Hong Kong.


    Asia Society Hong Kong Center

    Asia Society Hong Kong Center: Located in the corner of hectic Admiralty, Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK) is situated at the former Explosives Magazine of the old Victoria Barracks. ASHK was built in the 1840s and is one of the few surviving buildings of such type in Asia. The four barracks buildings were built in an utilitarian style, and were redeveloped as the new address of the Asia Society Hong Kong in 2012.


    Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

    The Museum of Tea Ware: The Museum of Tea Ware, also known as the Flagstaff House, originally served as the office and residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong in 1846. Designed in a symmetrical Palladian style, it is the oldest surviving colonial building in Hong Kong. It was converted to the Museum of Tea Ware in 1984.


    Standard Chartered Bank Building

    Standard Chartered Bank Building, also where the headquarter of Hang Lung Properties is, was designed by Remo Riva, architect and director of P & T Architects & Engineers. The exterior features pink and grey-brown granite. The floors begin to taper in blocks of six beginning from the 17th storey, resulting in a design reaching to the sky.!


    Court of Final Appeal Building

    Court of Final Appeal Building: Court of Final Appeal Building (The Old Supreme Court Building) is a Neo-Classical structure built in 1912. The most iconic feature is the statue of Themis, the goddess of justice, topping the pediment. The statue is an eloquent representation of impartiality and power.


    Statue Square

    Statue Square: Statue Square was built on reclaimed land in the late 19th century. It was the first public area in Hong Kong. Bauhaus-style fountains, pavilions, and landscape gardens were added in the 1950s.


    HSBC Main Building

    HSBC Main Building: Designed by renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster, the HSBC Main Building was inaugurated in April 1986. It was mainly built with steel and aluminium. A modular and flexible design allowing the removal of individual parts of the building was employed.


    Bank of China Tower

    Bank of China Tower: Completed in 1989, Bank of China Tower was conceived by revered Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei. Clad in glass and steel, the geometric skyscraper features a design that resembles growing bamboo shoots, symbolizing prosperity – a perfect embodiment of tradition and innovation.


    Duddell Street

    Duddell Street: The steps and street lamps of Duddell Street are not ordinary, as they have been declared monuments of Hong Kong! The steps of Duddell Street came into existence since 1875. The four gas-powered street lamps on both ends of the steps are two-light Rochester models. They have been the only remaining gas-powered street lamps in service in Hong Kong.。


    Tai Kwun

    Tai Kwun: Tai Kwun (The former Central Police Station Compound) encompasses three of Hong Kong's declared monuments: Completed in 1841, Victoria Prison, retains its Victorian-style façade; The former Central Police Station which was re-built in 1919, is Hong Kong's first police headquarters; The former Central Magistracy. which was built in 1914, is in the Greek-revival style.









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