The Clock Tower of Hong Kong is one of the monuments of the city which is located on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui area. The Clock Tower is 44 meters high plus a 7 meters lightning rod on top (which makes it 51 meters high totally) and it’s the only remnant of the old Kowloon – Canton Railway terminus.
History of Clock Tower
In 1910, The Kowloon – Canton Railway (KCR) line was opened and in 1913, construction of the Clock Tower started in KCR station. Originally, this tower was built out of red bricks and granite with a touch of Victorian architecture. Two years later, in 1915, the construction process of the tower got completed, however, some parts and fixtures including the clock were not installed yet. Actually, those missing parts supposed to be imported from Britain and the shipping process got delayed because of the First World War. The tower remained with no clock for years since even after arriving the clock to Hong Kong, the installation instructions and necessary drawings couldn’t be obtained from the manufacturing company. Finally, in 1921 the clock was installed in the tower and it began to operate.
Later on, in 1975 the governor of Hong Kong decided to demolish the KCR station and relocate the terminus to the Hung Hom. Thus, the whole KCR station was destructed but the Clock Tower. Therefore, Clock Tower is the only symbol remained from the old KCR terminus.
What’s around the Clock Tower?
For sure, the Clock Tower is located in one of the strategically most important parts of Tsim Sha Tsui area. Hence, the Clock Tower is in close vicinity of the Peninsula Hotel, the Avenue of the Stars, the Harbor City Shopping Mall, the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminus, Nathan Road, the Hong Kong Cultural Center and the Hong Kong Arts Museum.
One interesting point about Clock Tower is that the area around the tower is often used for public holidays and celebrations. For instance, Hong Kong government sets up enchanting decorations and amazingly designed lighting every year for Christmas and Chinese New Year. So the area becomes one of the most beautiful sights of Hong Kong during special times of throughout the year.
It is easy to get to the its beautiful corner of city, by different types of transportation such as MTR Tsim Sha Tsui, Star ferries, buses, and taxi.
Indeed, the Clock Tower is a symbol of years of history and memories and reminds the era when Hong Kong was at the very first stages of becoming one of the world trade destinations.
In fact, when arriving in the area around the Clock Tower, you may take a seat, enjoy the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong and spend some joyful time here.