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Statue Square and Cenotaph, Hong Kong

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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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  • 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。 
  • It is a stone War Memorial in remembrance of those who lost their lives in two world wars. Is located in the central area, between the towers of the skyscrapers of the island near the Town Hall.
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  • Di area ini kami temui banyak bangunan dari jaman kolonial ingris saat masih menduduki hongkong. Area ini banyak bangunan bersejarah.Area ini mudah dicapai, keluar MTR central sudah langsung ketemu. 
  • A garden in central of HK, a bit too busy for my taste. Especially weekends when it becomes a nesting ground for the foreign workers.
  • One of most photogenic spot in Hong Kong. I hope travelers will visit during Christmas time when special lighting is stunning.
  • Thomas Jackson statue is there, who is ex chief manager of HSBC.
  • Nice Park center of the city, lots of history. The statue of Queen Victoria was re-located to Victoria Park across from the Central Library in Causeway Bay.
  • When looking for things to do in the City, the Statue Square was called out as a must see visit. I would agree with this, but more of a you're-going-to-see-this-no-matter-what. Not sure if it was just luck on our side, but we found ourselves walking through the square several times when we didn't intend to. It seems to be a central hub for a lot of the touristy areas, especially with the MTR exit right there. So enjoy it while you are there and use it as a point of reference! You'll see it a lot more.
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