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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hong Kong Museum of History - Part II

This is the 100th post of SimpleDreamer.com! What a special moment for our Blog!

Let's continue the journey at the Hong Kong Museum of History: the best Museum in Hong Kong. It is directly opposite to the Hong Kong Science Museum and it is a place ideal for travellers who only have 1 to 2 hours allocated for Museum visits.

The Hong Kong Story

The exhibition areas are located on three different levels. The "Pre-colony" history areas on the ground floor were presented in yesterday's post. Today we will look into the "Post-colony" exhibits presented on the second floor.

Hong Kong Museum of History
Address: 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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In my opinion, the second floor is much more interesting than the ground floor. I would recommend you to spend 2/3 of your time on the this floor.

Lin Zexu, supervisor of the destruction of opium in the early 1800s

The Opium Wars, a series of conflicts between the Great Britain Empire and Chinese Qing Empire. Visitors can learn about this event that has triggered the British Empire's to colonize this small fishing village in the coast of China, that was known for its incense trade.

The traces of the early British traders, settlers and along with the Hong Kong Governors are presented. Under the Western influence, the Hong Kong Chinese developed their own unique cultures. The development of the city went to a halt during WWII, a time when Hong Kong was invaded by Japan.



A typical Chinese tea ("Yum Cha") house in the early 1900s

A typical grocery store in the early 1900s

A typical Chinese tea leaf shop in the early 1900s


Hong Kong, and many Western countries in the world, went into rapid modern development since WWII. Historic photographs, along with exhibits and movie clips were presented to mark the significant achievements during these great decades. The tour of the Hong Kong Museum of History ended at a historical event: The 1997 handover from Britain to China.


Squatter huts in 1960s

Resettlement Estates in the 1960s

A Hong Kong Style Tea House
Historical moments in Hong Kong:

Queen Elizabeth II, the first official visit of a British monarch to Hong Kong (May 1975)

Margaret Thatcher, the first prime minister of the United Kingdom to visit Hong Kong while in office (Sep 1982)

Here are the official name of the four areas on Second floor.

(5) The Opium Wars and the Cession of Hong Kong (Recommended)
(6) Birth and Early Growth of the City (Recommended)
(7) The Japanese Occupation
(8) Modern Metropolis and The Return to China (Recommended)

For areas (1) to (4), please visit yesterday's post.

Travel Tips
  • Admission fee is $10 HK, free entry on Wednesdays.
  • Closed on Tuesdays (except Public Holidays).
  • In the museum, there are several areas that screen 6 to 10 minutes movie clips. The documentation about the Opium War, the Japanese invasion and the handover of Hong Kong to China are really worthwhile to watch.
  • Do not miss the "hidden M floor", which you can access from Area 6.
  • An average visitor is likely to spend 1.5 hours in the museum. Allow up to 3 hours if you are keen to learn about Hong Kong history.
  • All the exhibits are presented with both Chinese and English descriptions.

Nearby Attractions (within walking distance):
Hong Kong Museum of Science, Charlie Brown Cafe, The One Shopping Complex

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