Legislative Council Building / Cenotaph & Statue Square
Opened in 1912, The Legislative Council Building in Central was

declared a historical monument in 1984 and was home to the Supreme

Court until 1985 when it was converted for its present use. The most

outstanding feature of the building is the pediment in the center of

the building that contains the statue of the Greek Goddess of Justice,

Themis who is blindfolded and holds a scale.

Foreign Correspondents' Club / Fringe Club


Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) is where journalists from across the

globe gather to wine, dine and gossip. The FCC has invested heavily to

accentuate the lasting architectural merit of the building. The

interior today, with its dark wood panelling and long bar, is a vivid

reminder of more relaxed colonial times.

The Fringe Club is housed in a brick and stucco colonial-style low-rise

structure built in 1913. Long before refrigerators became common

household items, it was used as a cold-storage warehouse for ice and

dairy products. The building has since been declared a historical

monument and, in 1984, the southern segment was taken over by the

Fringe Club, a hot spot for arts and crafts exhibitions, and the home

of the annual Fringe Festival.

Former French Mission Building
The original structure on this site dated back to 1842. It was bought

by the French Mission in 1915 and most of the present building was the

result of an extensive renovation carried out in 1917.

The granite and red brick structure of the building can be

described as neo-classical in style, dating from the Edwardian period

(1901-10). It was returned to the Government after the war and has been

used for different purposes including the headquarters of the Education

Department, the District Court, the Supreme Court and the Information

Services Department. It now houses the Court of Final Appeal.

Government House
Located in Mid-Levels on Upper Albert Road, this colonial gem was the

former official residence of 25 British governors of Hong Kong prior to

the handover in 1997. Built between 1851 - 1855 and extensively

redesigned by the Japanese during their occupation of Hong Kong during

WWII, the building has become a key heritage site. Since 2005, it has

reverted to its original role, as home and office of the Chief

Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The splendid

gardens filled with lovely rhododendrons and azaleas are opened for

public viewing on special occasions.

Noon Day Gun
Located on the waterfront in Causeway Bay is the Noon Day Gun made famous by the Noel Coward song Mad Dogs and Englishmen.

The gun is fired once every day at noon. The tradition is said to date

back to the time a Jardine employee fired a one-gun salute when the

head of the company sailed into port. A senior Royal Navy officer took

offence at this practice and as a penalty, the company was ordered to

fire the gun at noon every day as a time signal.

St. John's Cathedral
Christianity has always played an important role in the lives of Hong

Kong people. St. John's Cathedral is the oldest surviving Western

ecclesiastical building in Hong Kong and is believed to be the oldest

Anglican place of worship in the Far East. Built in a style adopted

from both the 13th-Century Early English and Decorated Gothic,

construction was completed in 1849.

University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong, opened in 1912, is the territory's oldest

university. Among its distinguished list of graduates is Dr Sun

Yat-sen, the founder and acting President of the first Republic of

China. Located on the hillsides above Western district, the university

is best approached through the Mid-Levels. The campus includes the

University Museum and Art Gallery, which is the oldest museum in Hong

Kong and houses Chinese art and antiquities, principally ceramics,

bronzes and paintings. The bronze collection includes the world's

largest collection of Yuan dynasty Nestorian crosses.

Wan Chai Environmental Resource Centre
The old Wan Chai Post Office, which was listed as a building of

historical interest in 1990, serves as an Enviromental Protection

Department Resource Centre.

Opened in 1913, the building features the original overhanging

bevel eves and the counters. A Chinese couplet hung in the entrance

says: If we foul our world that sustains us, what then shall we eat?

Scorn hygiene that protects life, where then shall we live?

The building services include a reference library, a

touch-screen environmental information system and a specially designed


Former Kowloon British School - Antiquities & Monuments Office
Opened in 1902, this is the oldest surviving school building

constructed for foreign residents in Hong Kong. The architecture is

typical of many English schools of the Victorian era. The building is

now used as the office of the Antiquities and Monuments Office.

The Peninsula
Affectionately known as The Pen, this historic hotel, with its famous

gilded, columned lobby, first received guests in 1928. It is the ideal

spot for afternoon tea with cakes and cucumber sandwiches.