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Chai Wan was originally the place of residence for the Hakkas who left behind a lot of Hakka colours. In the 1950s, it was one of the industrial areas in Hong Kong, and also a place to rehouse refugees. Chai Wan, a blend of different cultures, today leaves public housing estates, factory buildings, and other buildings to record the history of the past.
Exit A (lifts to and from the mall)
Exit D (lifts to and from the footbridge)
Chai Wan Factory Estate (Wah Ha Estate - Wah Yan House)
Chai Wan Factory Estate, completed in June 1959, is the only remaining first-class resettlement factory building built by the former Resettlement Department in Hong Kong. The estate was rated as a Grade II historic building by the Antiquities Advisory Board on February 20, 2013, and the renovation began in the middle of the same year and was completed in 2015. During the renovation, the features of the factory buildings, such as the H-shaped design and strong horizontal lines, were retained. In July 2017, Wah Ha Estate was awarded the Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
The five-storey residential building provides a total of more than 180 units, with shops, courtyards and exhibition areas underground. There are display boards in the courtyards to introduce the history and renovation process of Chai Wan, Chai Wan industrial area and the factory estates. The exhibition areas display many industrial products and daily necessities during the take-off period of Hong Kong's industrial development in the 1950s and 1970s.
Accessibility for the disabled:
Wheelchairs or walking sticks can be used here.
Chai Wan Station
As the atrium of the shopping mall is surrounded by stairs (refer to the picture above), it is recommended that when wheelchair users arrive at Exit A of the Chai Wan Station, they should first enter the third floor of the New Jade Shopping Arcade (on the same floor), and take the mall lift to the ground floor. Leave the New Jade Shopping Arcade from the exit facing the Island Eastern Corridor (that is, the exit next to the Genki Sushi) and turn left. Walk around the perimeter of the New Jade Shopping Arcade, and after passing through the Standard Chartered Bank and the communal toilet on Ning Foo Street, turn into Kut Shing Street and continue to the taxi stand next to Exit B of MTR station, and then cross the pedestrian crossing to Chai Wan Factory Estate.
|Operator||Route||Origin - Destination||Drop-off Place|
|NWFB||8||Exhibition Centre Station to Heng Fa Chuen||Chai Wan Factory Estate|
|NWFB||81||Causeway Bay Lai Tak Tsuen to Hing Wah Estate||Chai Wan Factory Estate|
Short comments: Wah Ha Estate has perfect barrier-free facilities, including ramps, unimpeded and accessible toilets and tactile maps. The various display boards in the estate are an introduction to the history of Chai Wan. As there are residents living in Wah Ha Estate, visitors should remember to lower their noise so as not to cause a nuisance to the residents.
Address: No.2 Kut Shing Street, Chai Wan
Law Uk Folk Museum
Law Uk, built in the Qing Dynasty, with a history of more than 200 years, is the only remaining ancient village house in Chai Wan. A Hakka family surnamed Law used to live here, so it was called "Law Uk". After being restored, Law Uk has become a folk museum. The collections in the museum mainly introduce the history of Chai Wan, the history and characteristics of Law Uk, as well as the living customs. There are exhibits of furniture, farm tools and daily necessities in the house to restore the appearance of the village house.
Accessibility for the disabled:
Walking sticks can be used here.
About the Historic Site:
Law Uk was built in the Qing Dynasty by a Hakka surnamed Law, which is an ancient village house with a history of more than 200 years. Part of the buildings in Law Uk was damaged by gunfire during the Japanese occupation period of Hong Kong in 1941, and some parts of Law Uk were leased to outsiders to operate small workshops. It was not until 1967 that the descendants of the Law family all moved out of Law Uk. The Hong Kong government decided to keep the whole house in 1972. On November 10, 1989, Law Uk became a declared monument in Hong Kong. The Folk Museum finally opened on January 19, 1990. The collections in the museum mainly introduce the history of Chai Wan, the history and characteristics of Law Uk, as well as the living customs of the Hakka people. There are exhibits of furniture, farm tools and daily necessities in the house to restore the appearance of the village house.
Monday to Wednesday, Friday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year's Eve: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first and second days of the Lunar New Year
After leaving Chai Wan Factory Estate, cross the crosswalk to the Chai Wan New Jade Square. Turn right and go south along Kut Shing Street to the opposite side of Block 5 of New Jade Gardens. Cross the pedestrian crossing and walk about 50 metres to the main entrance of the Law Uk Folk Museum.
Short comments: The Law Uk Folk Museum has relatively few barrier-free facilities. The interior of the building is relatively small, and there is a threshold in front of the house. Wheelchair users are difficult to get in and out, so they can only watch the exterior of the building outside the door. There is an accessible toilet in the rest garden next to the museum.
Address: No.14 Kut Shing Street, Chai Wan
Youth Square is the first comprehensive centre with the theme of youth development in Hong Kong. It consists of the main block building and the hostel building, with a total gross floor area of about 42,000 square metres. It provides young people with an environment that is relaxed, reliable, safe and full of fun and surprises, so that the youth can develop their potential, show their strengths, and explore their unlimited possibilities. Youth Square continues to hold different types of activities, such as film appreciation, workshops, street cultural festivals, bookcrossing festivals, etc. The hostel building is zoned as a youth hostel -- "Y hostel or Y-Square", for local and overseas young people to rent. It is one of the few youth hostels in Hong Kong.
After leaving Chai Wan Factory Estate, walk along the Kut Shing Street, pass through the communal toilet on Ning Foo Street, the Standard Chartered Bank and the Island Eastern Corridor, and return to the entrance to the New Jade Shopping Arcade with a lift. Then take the lift to the third floor and go to the Youth Square via the "Octopus Flyover" (connecting the New Jade Shopping Arcade to Wan Tsui Estate).
Short comments: Youth Square is fully equipped with barrier-free facilities, with accessible toilets on each floor. And there are barrier-free lifts to and from each floor. Moreover, the Y hostel also has six barrier-free rooms for locals or travellers who use wheelchairs to rent.
Parking Spaces Designated for the Disabled
|Chai Wan Factory Estate||Lee Chung Street, Chai Wan x 1|
|Law Uk Folk Museum||Lee Chung Street, Chai Wan x 1|
||Lee Chung Street, Chai Wan x 1|
|Youth Square LG2 x 1|