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Central and Western Heritage Trail


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Original Site of Possession Point (Shui Hang Hau)
Hollywood Road Park

Before Hong Kong grew into a city, this site was located on a shorefront lane (now Hollywood Road) and was originally named Tai Hang Hau (‘Big Puddle’) after the water that collected here from a stream that flowed down from the Peak into Victoria Harbour. This is where British soldiers landed in 1841 to claim Hong Kong, and it was therefore named Possession Point. The ‘big puddle’ was filled in and Possession Street was built over it. The name in Chinese is 'Shui Hang Hau Street', a reference to the mouth of the stream that once discharged its waters here.

Old Site of the Possession Point (Shui Hang Hau)
(c.1930)

Old Site of the Possession Point (Shui Hang Hau)
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