The Heritage Fiesta cum Roving Exhibition 2023 is offering the public the chance to get free guided tours to 10 of the city’s declared monuments and graded historic buildings that are related to greening and landscape. Participants can attend these tours on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Heritage Fiesta, which will be held until November 30, will include the following landmarks:

  • Cattle Depot Artist Village (Ex-Ma Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot)
  • Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (Flagstaff House)
  • Green Hub (Old Tai Po Police Station)
  • Health Education Exhibition and Resource Centre (Block S4 of Former Whitfield Barracks)
  • Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre (Blocks S61 and S62 of Former Whitfield Barracks)
  • Lady Ho Tung Welfare Centre Eco-Learn Institute (Lady Ho Tung Welfare Centre)
  • Blocks 7, 10 and 25 of Lei Yue Mun Park (Blocks 7, 10 and 25 of old Lei Yue Mun Barracks)
  • The HKFYG Leadership Institute (Former Fanling Magistracy)
  • The Pokfulam Farm (Old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters)
  • Woodside Biodiversity Education Centre (Woodside)
cattle depot artist village
The former Ma Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot is now the Cattle Depot Artist Village (© Waorkfronges via WikiCommons)

Many of these buildings are of significant historical and architectural significance. The old Lei Yue Mun Barracks, for instance, was one of the earliest and most important British Army fortifications in Hong Kong. The old Tai Po Station was built in 1899 and is the oldest surviving police station in the New Territories.

These tours will be held in English, Cantonese and Putonghua, and will be 30 minutes to one hour long. Each tour can accommodate 20-40 people. For more details about each tour and how to register, read the pamphlet here.

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The Roving Exhibition, on the other hand, will have guided tours for 13 other venues across the city, until December 29, according to the following schedule:

  • October 1-November 15: Lobby, 1/F, Immigration Tower, Wan Chai
  • October 16-31: Event Hall, UG/F, Citywalk 2, Tsuen Wan
  • October 17-31: Aberdeen Public Library and Ngau Chi Wan Public Library
  • November 2-15: Covered Piazza of Times Square, San Po Kong Public Library, and Yuen Long Public Library
  • November 17-30: Sheung Shui Public Library and Yau Ma Tei Public Library
  • December 2-14: Tuen Mun Public Library and Lai Chi Kok Public Library
  • December 16-29: South Kwai Chung Public Library and Lam Tin Public Library

Header image credits: The Pokfulam Farm via Facebook/Green Hub via Facebook

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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