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CENTRAL

Today, Central is well known for its famous buildings such as IFC, HSBC Bank, The Center and also entertainment places such as SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong for bars and restaurants. But Central still includes some old buildings that are under redevelopment threat.

Former police married quarters
The Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen spent his childhood days at the former police married quarters in Hollywood Road, which once housed the Central College before the school moved to Causeway Bay and was renamed Queen's College. The site is opened to bids from developers. Several attempts by Central and Western District residents to rezone the site or open space and community use and spare it from becoming two high-rise residential blocks have failed.

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Former police married quarters
In year 2007, the district councillors and activists demand preservation of the Hollywood Road Former police married quarters site at the Town Planning Board's office.
Former police married quarters
Former police married quarters

The 62,400 square metre site is on the government's land application list and developers are permitted to build two 43-storey residential blocks

Former police married quarters
Opposition from conservationists and the reservations of land officials failed to stop the Town Planning Board from finalising a controversial plan to approve two 43-storey residential high-rises at the former police married quarters on Hollywood Road.
Former police married quarters

The group will continue to campaign to save the site from becoming another high-rise residential development.

Residents and conservationists had demanded the government to turn the historical site into a park and community centre. They recently found evidence that it was also the site of Hong Kong's first Shing Wong Temple. The statue of the god now resides in the nearby Man Mo Temple.
Former police married quarters
Former police married quarters

In year 2008, on preserving the site of the Central School in Hollywood Road, board members were still divided on whether the two buildings of the former police married quarters on the site should be torn down. The government was also urged to provide more concrete options for the public to choose from, including reconstructing the school.

Former police married quarters
The developer will also be required to inform the Antiquities and Monuments Office if it discovers any historic features and stop construction to allow the office time to investigate.
Former police married quarters

The Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen once lived there as a child with his family when his father was a police officer.

The Shing Wong Temple was demolished in the 1880s to allow the building of the Central College, later renamed Queen's College, which is now in Causeway Bay. Granite walls and stairs belonging to the demolished Central College have been discovered.
Former police married quarters
Former police married quarters


The Hollywood Road neighbourhood area has an historical significance. It was the birthplace of the 1911 revolution, where Dr Sun Yat-sen and his followers mapped out plans to overthrow the Qing government. Various sites in the area should be kept because they represent a real Hong Kong of the past.

Old building near Shing Wong Street
Conservationists ask to turn the Hollywood Road neighbourhood - including 45 blocks of low-rise buildings built in the 1940s and 50s on Shing Wong Street - into a heritage zone.
Old building near Shing Wong Street

This area is the largest cluster of Chinese buildings in Hong Kong. Still many old printing houses and the oldest silversmith in the territory can be seen.

There is a redevelopment project on Staunton Street and Wing Lee Street. It shall affect 45 buildings and 183 households.

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Old building on Staunton Street
Old building on Staunton Street

The Urban Renewal Authority planned to provide about 520 flats, 2 800 sqm of retail space, about 855 sqm of open space and a memorial square in honor of Sun Yat Sen, who once lived in the area.

Old building on Wing Lee Street
Hong Kong's first permanent post-war market, Bridges Street Market, shall be retained in the redevelopment project at Staunton Street. Five post-war tenement buildings and 100-year-old lanes shall also be preserved.
Old building on Wing Lee Street

The plan saves the market but the interior shall be renovated to provide facilities for commemorating Dr Sun Yat-sen's life and for community use. Open space on top of the two-storey market shall be accessible from Shing Wong Street.

The redevelopment project shall conserve the terrace characteristics of Wing Lee Street and the stone steps at Shing Wong Street, which lie alongside and behind the market. Two postwar low-rise buildings on Staunton Street and three on Wing Lee Street near the market shall also be conserved.
Old building near Shing Wong Street
Old building near Shing Wong Street
Hungry Ghost Festivalt
The Hungry Ghost festival that takes place in Central might disappear if the government's plans for its redevelopment are pushed through Aberdeen Street.
Hungry Ghost Festival

During the next five years Central Market and former police quarters on Hollywood Road and Aberdeen Street are expected to be sold and redeveloped. Developers have already built towers such as the 44-storey block near Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road.



Very close to Aberdeen street, there is a small Chinese altar at Peel Street and Staunton Street junction.
Small Chinese shrine
Small Chinese shrine
Small Chinese shrine
There is concern that this Pak Kung altar should be put under protection as historical monument. It is here since the mid 1960s and serves a group of Hoklo persons.
Small Chinese shrine
The principal celebration at the shrine takes place at the Mid Autumn Festival. Before entertainment (traditional songs) was provided.
Small Chinese shrine
Small Chinese shrine


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