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Sai Ying Pun: A Jaunt in "City West" 44
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    04/2018

    One of the first areas to urbanise in old Hong Kong, hilly Sai Ying Pun is characterized by alleys, stairways, and terraces. Its charm also lies in the area's many churches, schools and medical facilities, which have witnessed Hong Kong's development over the century. Architecturally, the Edwardian baroque-style Main Building of the University of Hong Kong is a top local landmark. In recent years, gentrification has set in with the Centre Street escalators and the arrival of the MTR station.

     

    1. Main Building of the The University of Hong Kong
    Main Building of The University of Hong Kong is the oldest building on the campus, constructed in 1912 in Classic Revival style. The structure is supported by granite columns in Ionic style with the flair of a traditional British campus.
     
    2. King's College
    Completed in 1926, the red-brick campus of King's College, in its Neo-Classical style, embodies the art of symmetry typical of English Gardens, while its granite and plaster façade exhibits a stark contrast.
     
    3. Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Kau Yan Church
    Constructed in 1852 and rebuilt in 1932, the Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Kau Yan Church, designed in concrete and stone, is the first church of the Hakka congregation in Hong Kong. Its arched windows and porticus are hybrids of the Gothic and Tudor Revival styles.
     
    4. Western District Community Centre 
    Completed in 1922 and revamped as the Western District Community Centre, this Grade I historic building in an Edwardian Neoclassical style took on symmetry with a red brick façade on a rustic granite base.
     
    5. Second Street Bath House
    The Second Street Bath House was built in 1904 by the British government to improve sanitary conditions among Chinese communities. It is still in operation as the only public bathhouse without toilets in Hong Kong.
     
    6. Fuk Tak Temple
    Sai Ying Pun is dotted with historic buildings, one example is the Fuk Tak Temple on Sheung Fung Lane. Inside this iron-clad structure is a revered shrine dedicated to the Chinese Earth God, Tudigong. The shrine hosts annual celebrations on Tudigong's birthday and the Chinese Ghost Festival for the good of worshippers and local residents.
     
    7. Centre Street
    Notorious for its steep incline, Centre Street is the steepest street in Hong Kong with a gradient of 1:4. Escalators connecting Third Street and Bonham Road were completed in 2013 for the convenience of pedestrians.
     
    8. Yu Lok Lane Tenement Houses
    Now celebrating the centenary of its completion, the Yu Lok Lane Tenement Houses were constructed with red bricks, wooden flooring and Chinese tiles atop pitched timber roofs in "hard mountain style". This array of homespun yet sturdy housing represents the early design of the city's tenement houses.
     
    9.  King George V Memorial Park
    Built in 1936, King George V Memorial Park is worth a visit for its Banyan trees and to take a step into the territory’s past. Hemmed in by massive granite walls to balance the height difference between its two bordering streets, the park features stone balustrades at the entrance, with a traditional English design commemorating King George V who passed away in the same year.
     
    10. Sai Ying Pun Community Complex (the Old Mental Hospital)
    PCompleted in 1892, the Old Mental Hospital is widely known as "High Street Haunted House". The early baroque details including the arched verandas and massive granite stone slabs were preserved until the building was dismantled and converted into Sai Ying Pun Community Complex in 2001, with only the original granite façade preserved.

     

     

     

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