Heritage Hong Kong
Explore some of the famous historical sites in Hong Kong and step into the shoes of how the ancient Hong Kong people lived their life. Navigate your own route on a tram or ferry ride, or do an antique treasure hunt on Hollywood.
Stay in Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong, a Hong Kong hotel accommodation in close proximity to a number of historical sites, and explore the city’s history at its best.
Tram and Ferry Ride
The Hong Kong tram was founded in 1904 and remains an efficient and the most economical mode of public transport in Hong Kong. It is a relaxing means by which to see the city. Only running on Hong Kong Island, it has the world’s largest fleet of double-deck tram.
Transportation to tram stop:
- The tram stop is right opposite to the main entrance of Cosmopolitan Hotel next door across the road in Wong Nai Chung Road. Fare: HK$2.30/US$0.30per passenger. (3-min walk)
Transportation to ferry piers:
- Wan Chai Ferry Pier: By taxi (approximately 10 min at HK$30/US$3.90) or take the hotel shuttle bus to HKCEC then walk to the pier
- Central Star Ferry Pier:By taxi (approximately 15 min at HK$40/US$5.20) or take the hotel shuttle bus to Airport Express Line – Hong Kong Station then walk to the pier
Man Mo Temple
One of the first traditional-style temples built during the colonial era, Man Mo Temple’s magnificent external architecture reflects its historical roots. The temple is dedicated to the Taoist gods of Man (literature) and Mo (martial arts). There is also a statue of Pau Kung, the god of justice, and another of Shing Wong, the god of the city. The plaques near the entrance provide an interesting perspective on the history of the temple and its gods. Inside, the air is thick with aromatic smoke from the coils and incense sticks that are said to carry prayers to the spirit world.
- Facing Causeway Bay, walk via Morrison Hill Road and Tin Lok Lane, at the end turn right to take bus no.26 (HK$3.90/US$0.60) located at No.402 Hennessy Road outside the e-TECH Centre. Alight in Hollywood Road. (25 min)
- By taxi (approximately 15 min at HK$60/US$7.80)
Antique Shopping on Hollywood and Upper Lascar Row
Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Row, also known as “Cat Street”, are must-see stop-offs. Crammed with antique shops and an open-air curios market, these quaint streets are ideal spots for picking up eclectic souvenirs and gifts. Everything from Ming Dynasty furniture and lotus lamps to Mao badges and ancient snuff bottles is on sale.
- Facing Causeway Bay, walk down Morrison Hill Road and Tin Lok Lane, turn right at the end to take bus no. 26 (HK$3.90/US$0.60) located at No.402 Hennessy Road outside e-TECH Centre. Alight in Hollywood Road. (25 min)
- By taxi (approximately 15 min at HK$60/US$7.8)
Stanley Military Cemetery and Murray House
The Stanley Military Cemetery is a uniquely peaceful place to visit. Originally the final resting ground for the UK Garrison, the cemetery had been closed for 70 years until 1941 when it was re-opened after Hong Kong was attacked during World War II.g Kong was attacked during World War II.
- Take Bus No. 6, 6A, 6X or 260 (HK$8.40 / US$1.10 each) located at No. 280 Queen’s Road East opposite to Cosmo Hotel to Stanley, walk past St. Steven’s Beach to the Cemetery. (35 min)
- By taxi (approximately 20 min at HK$80.00 / US$10.4)
Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui
The old Clock Tower, near the Star Ferry concourse in TsimShaTsui, was part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) Terminus built in 1921 and today is a landmark representing the romantic era of the Age of Steam. With its distinctive design in red brick and granite, the tower is a reminder of Colonial times. But over many years it had far greater significance for the Chinese as the former terminus was the final stop on their rail journeys from villages in their homeland to new lives, either in Hong Kong or to distant destinations overseas.
- By complimentary hotel shuttle bus to Admiralty and travel the MTR subway to TsimShaTsui Station (Exit E). (40 min)
- By complimentary hotel shuttle bus to Airport Express Line Station – Hong Kong Station, and change for Star Ferry from Central to TsimShaTsui. (60 min) Ferry fare: weekday HK$2.50 / US$0.32; weekend HK$3.4 / US$0.38 per passenger
- By taxi (approximately 20 min at HK$100 / US$12.9 including tunnel fee)
A declared monument, Blue House is a Lingnan-style house built in the 1920s featured with Chinese and Western architectural characteristics. The funny fact is, the Blue House had come blue because the decorators only had blue paint! Blue House is also the home to Wan Chai Livelihood Museum where visitors can learn about the Blue House’s living quarters.
- Facing Wan Chai direction, walk along Queen’s Road East until you find Stone Nullah Lane on your left hand side. (20 min)
- By taxi (approximately 10 min at HK$30 / US$3.9)
Western Market & Sheung Wan Fong
Western Market is an Edwardian-style building converted into a shopping complex in 1991 with shops selling arts and crafts. The building impresses with its red brick exterior and a granite arch over the entrance. Being a declared monument, the Western Market is a living heritage – a historical building and a market building two-in-one.
- Facing Causeway Bay, walk down Morrison Hill Road and Tin Lok Lane, turn right at the end and take bus no. 26 (HK$3.90 / US$0.60 each) located at No.402 Hennessy Road outside e-TECH Centre. Alight in Loon Kee Building and follow by a 2-min walk. (30 min)
- By taxi (approximately 15 min at HK$60 / US$7.8)
*Transportation fee is subject to change without prior notice and transportation time is subject to change depending on traffic conditions.