Hong Kong has long been recognised as one of the world’s premier financial centres, as well as Asia’s leading capital market.
The city’s unique history and distinct identity that mixes local and global cultures has made Hong Kong what it is today, a true international cultural metropolis.
But look beyond Hong Kong’s distinctive skyline of tall towers and neon lights, dense housing and busy streets and you will discover a local, cultural heritage full of remarkable touchpoints that differentiates Hong Kong within the context of the built environment.
ULI Hong Kong’s Cultural Capital Initiative takes a deep dive into such touchpoints with the aim to protect, promote and educate Hong Kong’s places and place-specific culture.
Harnessing the expertise of ULI members and our community partners, this series will offer a diverse, district-based programme including workshops, seminars, and immersive tours into specific neighbourhoods around the city and learn more about each district and its community.
Through the lens of the built environment, participants will understand the past, appreciate the present, and recognise the future potential of each district. Ultimately, ensuring that the city’s edge endures.
Tour 1: Sham Shui Po Tour
Friday, 5 November 2021 | 4:00 – 6:30 pm (HKT/ GMT+8)
a. Visit the only surviving H-shaped resettlement block and learn about the origins of Hong Kong’s public housing in the mid 1950s
b. Explore one of the cities oldest operating outdoor fabric markets, part of Hong Kong’s living heritage
c. Understand how a street that used to be the home for leather and fabric factories has become today’s hotspot for local artists and designers.
d. Trace the story of an elegant corner Chinese tong lau and how it became a modern-day Chinese healthcare centre
Tour 2: Smart Cultural Precinct Tour in Central
Friday, 3 December 2021 | 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (HKT/ GMT+8)
a. Visit the 5th tallest building in Hong Kong and explore the H6 CONET, a community space built to host exhibitions, arts and crafts and performances.
b. Learn about the concept of the Smart Cultural Precinct (SCP) and the Cultural Triangle formed by Central Market, PMQ and Tai Kwun, the three adaptive re-use buildings in Central.
c. Explore an urban park that was revitalized in 2011, and where, over a hundred years ago, the Furen Society gathered to sow the seeds of the Chinese Revolution in 1911.
d. Experience the local heritage, culture and art offerings in Central, as well as discuss possible ways to realise the SCP vision of a walkable city.