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Reminiscences: Life in Hong Kong's Built Heritage

When the Hong Kong economy took off in the 1970s, a densely built “concrete forest” emerged and became the urban landscape of the city. Fortunately, a number of nostalgic historic buildings have been well preserved amid the rapid development, allowing us a glimpse of the old days in Hong Kong. They showcase a unique blend of different cultures, as well as the transformation of the city on the one hand, and inclusion of historic buildings in the development on the other.

This exhibition features valuable historic building components, documents, artefacts, photographs and 3D stereoscopic images and models of Hong Kong’s historic buildings. Through the stories of Mary and Ying-wo, two imaginary figures who were born respectively in the urban and rural areas of Hong Kong in the 1920s, architectural styles of old Hong Kong are vividly illustrated through various aspects of their lives, including their birth, home, beliefs, education, medical care, entertainment and marriage. The exhibition uses creative interactive exhibits and advanced 3D stereoscopic images and models to showcase building construction technology in the early days of Hong Kong and modern restoration techniques, facilitating a deeper understanding of Hong Kong’s historic buildings and the culture embraced, and sharing with the audiences the experiences in conserving built heritage.


Date: 20 January – 1 May 2017
Venue: Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday, Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10am – 7pm
Chinese New Year’s Eve: 10am – 5pm
Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays), and the first two days of the Chinese New Year
Free Admission

Exhibition Pamphlet

Postcard Set

Reminiscences: Life in Hong Kong’s Built Heritage



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