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Statue Square and Cenotaph, Hong Kong
(3.2/5 based on 25 reviews on the web)
Statue Square is a public pedestrian square in Central, Hong Kong. Built entirely on reclaimed land at the end of the 19th century, Statue Square consists of two parts separated by Chater Road into a northern and a southern sections. It is bordered by Connaught Road Central in the north and by Des Voeux Road Central in the south.The name is a reference to the statues, mainly of British royalty, which stood on the square until the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during WWII. Today, the only statue on the square is the one of Sir Thomas Jackson, 1st Baronet, an early HSBC banker.HistoryThe square was built at the end of the 19th century on land reclaimed by the Praya Reclamation Scheme. The idea of a square of statues dedicated to royalty was conceived by Sir Catchick Paul Chater. Initially named "Royal Square", it gradually became known as "Statue Square", a name derived from the fact that it originally contained the statue of Queen Victoria, as the square's name in Chinese testifies. This statue was ordered to commemorate the 1887 Golden Jubilee of the monarch. It should not have been made in bronze, but in marble, an error that wasn't picked up until the bronze statue was almost completed. It was officially unveiled at the centre of the square on 28 May 1896, the day officially appointed for the celebration of the 77th birthday of the Queen.
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  • 被四周林立的大樓所圍繞著的和平紀念碑,紀念著當年為戰爭犧牲了自己的戰士,是否正提醒著現在的人們,更該好好把握住現今所擁有的和平世界? 
  • 皇后像廣場和平紀念碑位於中環, 港鐵站行2-3分鐘就到。 和平紀念碑是紀念戰爭死去的同胞(主要是一戰和二戰)。 皇后像廣場則已經俾外傭攻佔, 假日在這裡幾乎看不到香港人了。 
  • 皇后像廣場原名叫中央廣場,因紀念英國女皇60大壽,港府鑄女皇銅像立於此,而改叫皇后像廣場。旁邊立有和平紀念碑,這也算是一種諷刺吧!被殖民者要的和平,竟是殖民者給的。 
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  • Centrally located with great views of the surrounding skyscrapers. Visited on a Saturday night and surprisingly quiet.
  • A small area of peace and quiet on the normally busy north part of HK island. Lovely views and buildings and easy to reach.
  • Good plc
  • Easy to get to with MTR
  • Crazy place to be on a weekend. The place is completely occupied by local domestic helpers and illegal hawkers. Nobody seem to be in control.