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Time Ball Tower, Hong Kong

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • The Time Ball Tower is located on the grounds of the 1881 Heritage Shopping arcade - the former Marine Police HQ in TST. This declared monument is free to visit. It is a nicely preserved heritage...  more »
  • Lovely historical building to walk around just off Canton road. The old police station was based here. A white building in the sun bounces glair and heat of it. Very typical of colonial buildings...  more »
  • Great to imagine how this tower interacted with the rest of the harbour back in the day. Old police HQ was under renovation but Xmas lights were great!  more »
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  • Located at the top - can be accessed by stairs. Great photo spot
  • The Time Ball Tower is located on the grounds of the 1881 Heritage Shopping arcade - the former Marine Police HQ in TST. This declared monument is free to visit. It is a nicely preserved heritage attraction to see if you plan to visit the 1881 Heritage grounds during your visit to HK. The Time Ball Tower was erected in 1884 and was used by ships to recalibrate their chronometers prior to departing Victoria Harbour on their voyages around the world. During these early years, a ball was mounted on a pole and raised every morning, it was then dropped precisely at 1pm each day. Given its position and vantage point at the time, it would have been in full view of ships in the harbour. In the end, a neat little bit of Hong Kong's maritime and colonial era history rests in the Time Ball Tower. Give it a look-see if you plan to be in the TST area and have an interest in HK's history. Note: From the Time Ball Tower, there are nice views of 1881 Heritage grounds, particularly during the Xmas season when the area has its seasonal decorations on display.
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  • Nice place to visit especially during the evening where the whole area lights up. Lots of shopping in the area as well (if you can afford it).
  • 1. Nice and detailed introduction tags gave an great introduction to this historical building. 2. The combination of a modern mall does not conflict with its authentic substance, which is brilliant and surprising. 3. This tower is no doubt the most significant historical legacy of Hong Kong----it is how Hong Kong made its ground in Asia.

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