> Central District (II)
Central is a very special place in Hong Kong, with brand-new designed skyscrapers and hundred-year historical buildings in the district. Other than the route introduce in the previous chapter, this route will start from Sheung Wan to several historic buildings in Central District.
(Last updated: 9/8/2018)
|Sheung Wan Station||Exit E3 (Public Lift)|
After visitors exit at A1/E3 of Sheung Wan MTR Station, go along Des Voeux Road Central towards Morrison Street will arrive at Western Market in about ten minutes. Western Market is formerly the old Western Market North Block built in 1906. The structure is of British Edwardian architectural design with exterior covered with red bricks. It is the former site of the Harbour Office Headquarter later rebuilt into the market. In 1990, Western Market is declared a historical monument. Being the oldest surviving market building in Hong Kong, nowadays, most shops in Western Market are cloth shops relocated from the then Cloth Alley (current site of The Centre). At the top floor is a reminiscent restaurant, „The Grand Stage‟ of British style interior renovation.
Accessible Toilet Provided
Address: 323 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street)
Follow Morrison Street towards Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building will reach Queen’s Road Central, turn right will soon see Possession Street, then go up to Hollywood Road. Once reach Hollywood Road, proceed towards Man Mo Temple. Turn into the next street after Lok Ku Road which is a small alley Tung Street will soon arrive at Upper Lascar Street, also known as ‘Cat Street’. According to legend, the origin of Cat Street is that at early colonial period when many Indian sailors and soldiers gathered at the place to sell goods, Hong Kong people used to call them “Lascar” which means those Indian or Pakistanis Sikhs wearing a turban, thus giving the street this name. The English name also refers to all Indian soldiers at British colony generally known as „Lascar‟. Cat Street has since 1920 become a trading market for used goods include expensive work of art or other miscellaneous items such as antique electrical appliances, old toys, postcards and posters, and is a good hunting place for people who love reminiscent collectables.
Short comment: Distance from Western City to Cat Street is quite far away with considerate number of slanted road of narrow and steep road surface. At certain sections of Hollywood Road, wheelchair users have to use the vehicle drive and should be more cautious.
Man Mo Temple
Having toured Cat Street, follow East Street back to Hollywood Road and proceed towards Ladder Street will arrive at Man Mo Temple. Man Mo Temple is a Grade 1 historical building. It is a Chinese temple at early colonial period permitted by British Government to use Chinese way of „chopping off chicken‟s head and burning yellow paper‟ to take oath and to adjudicate disputes between Chinese people. Nowadays taking oath only needs to raise one‟s hand before the Commissioner for Oaths, but at the early colonial period when Hong Kong‟s judicial system is not mature, the above way of taking oath is considered valid by law, with the condition that such oath-taking has to be administered at Man Mo Temple.
Short comment: Man Mo Temple being an old-style structure is having steps in front of the door, which wheelchair users cannot enter. It is suggested that parties concerned can consider providing with movable ramp for wheelchair users to tour inside.
Address: No.124-126, Hollywood Road
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
First go up Square Street next to Man Mo Temple, turn into Kui In Fong to reach Caine Lane, then pass through the passages of Caine Lane Garden will arrive at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences. Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, a unique institution with medical sciences as theme, is established in 1996 to collect and preserve cultural and historical relics relating to the development of medical sciences in Hong Kong, which is being introduced mainly through literature and exhibits displayed. The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences is the former Bacteriological Institute established in1906 to cope with the then outbreak of plague. The Institute being Hong Kong‟s first purpose-built medical laboratory initially specialized on research of widespread bacterial diseases, and later undertook the work of vaccine incubation. After World War II, the Bacteriological Institute changed name to Hong Kong Pathological Institute to cover a bigger scope of work. With the „Old Pathological Institute‟ moved to Sai Ying Pun in 1973 and the work of vaccine production relocated, this building is only used as a government storehouse. Till 1990, the building is declared a historical monument by the government, and reopened in 1996 becoming the current site of the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences.
Short comment: The museum is three-storey high without lift on account of its being a monument. Entrance of the museum is with steps, wheelchair users can only watch the part of the exhibits.
Address: Caine Lane
Man Mo Temple Opening hour & Fee
|Open Hour||8:00am - 6:00pm|
Opening Hours and Admission Fee of the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Science
Tuesday to Friday
9:30 am – 11:30 am &
|9:30 am – 2:00 pm|
Sunday and Public Holidays
|1 pm to 5 pm|
Children, person aged 60 or above, full-time students and disabled: $10
Address: 2 Caine Lane, Mid-Levels, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
NWFB tourist bus
Visitors can take the the NWFB tourist bus route H1 at the Central Star Ferry Pier to visit the Western Market, Man Mo Temple, the old Central Police Station, and the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and the other attractions.
Scenery spots introduce in this route are mostly at Mid-Levels, where visitors are frequently required to go up long and steep road, especially at Possession Street, Kui In Fong and pavement around the Museum of Medical Sciences. Wheelchair users need to be more careful and should plan the itinerary according to their own strength to avoid accident.