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Tsim Sha Tsui: Welcome to Hong Kong's Global Hub 8
  • 友善列印版本

    08/2018

    Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) was once the southernmost outpost of the Chinese Empire, from where Qing Dynasty officials watched the British over on Hong Kong Island. Later, this "sharp sand spit" on the edge of Kowloon would develop strategically into a military, transport and maritime trade hub, connecting Hong Kong with the rest of the world. From the former railway clock tower and the Islamic architecture of the Kowloon mosque, to the colonial-style former marine police headquarters, the busy piers, Chungking Mansions and the repurposed military barracks in Kowloon Park, the rich mix of standout buildings in TST powerfully showcase Hong Kong's intrinsic character as a global city.

     

    Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Station Clock Tower
    Completed in 1915, the upper part of the tower is an octagonal domed turret featuring Tuscan columns. Perched on the southern tip of Kowloon, the structure stands out with its symmetrical and elegant design.
     
    Star Ferry Pier
    Built in the 1950's, the Star Ferry Pier is a simple concrete structure featuring distinctive green and white horizontal stripes, and a two-story design for efficient embarkation and debarkation.
     
    The Hong Kong Cultural Centre
    The Hong Kong Cultural Centre was completed in 1989. Inspired by a sculpture with a pair of spreading wings, the building has a dramatic curved rooftop design. Only a slither of glass lets sunlight into the podium, which divides the Concert Hall from the Grand Theatre, the center's two main performance venues.
     
    The Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound
    Overlooking both shores of Victoria Harbour, the Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound comprises a main building, a stable block, a signal tower and a dockyard. It is an example of Victorian-style architecture.
     
    Fuk Tak Temple
    Built in 1900, Fok Tak Temple is the only surviving Chinese temple in TST. The temple used to be a place of worship for both dock workers and local Chinese residents.
     
    Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
    Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre occupies Blocks S61 and S62 of the former Whitfield Barracks. The austere structure features wide arched verandas and wooden louvered windows.
     
    Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre
    Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre was first built in 1896 and later rebuilt in 1980. The mosque used marble extensively in its construction, with a distinctive Islamic domed roof and four minarets at the corners of its square-shaped body.
     
    Chungking Mansions
    A landmark of Tsim Sha Tsui since 1961, Chungking Mansions' distinctive appearance in the film Chungking Express has made it legendary. The building serves as a convergence point for people from different nationalities, making it a prime example of globalization in action.
     
    The Peninsula Hong Kong
    The hotel opened its doors in 1928 and is one of the best examples of the Italian Renaissance-style architecture in Hong Kong, with a range of classical features such as rusticated stonework on the façade and keystones in the arch doors. Classical and modern elements are seamlessly interwoven in the hotel extension completed in 1994.

     

     

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