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Ball Tower at 1881 Heritage
former Marine Police Headquarters
1881 Heritage, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Above: main building of the "1881 Heritage", originally headquarters of Hong Kong Marine Police, is now home to a hotel and restaurants

Ball Tower at 1881 Heritage, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong KongBefore 1907, the Ball Tower, aka Signal Tower, in the then Marine Police Headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui was used to provide time signals to ships in Victoria Harbor 1. Of course now, with all the reclamation done thus moving the coastline out, it may not even be visible from the haror. But then, if a ship needs to see the time ball to set its time and figure out its location longitude, maybe the captain should just go to Mongkok or Causeway Bay and buy a quartz watch!


Above: the Ball Tower at 1881 Heritage
1881 Heritage, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Above: the main building at 1881 Heritage

The main building at 1881 Heritage, pictured left, was once that of the Hong Kong Marine Police Headquarters. And for a few years in 1940s, you could probably see Japanese solders with bayonets there. Now you might see Japanese tourists. And you can book a room in the hotel and dream sweet dreams. Hopefully no bayonets. ...more

1881 Heritage, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Above: view from a high point at 1881 Heritage



1 According to the Antiquities and Menuments Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Dept., Hong Kong SAR Government.
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