Clock Tower

Salisbury Road, Kowloon (MTR Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit E)

The Clock Tower, rising high above the Kowloon Harbor, is one of the oldest and most spectacular vista points in Hong Kong. Particularly so, as it is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon railway station. The tower itself is more than 60 years old and has been listed as a declared monument for Hong Kong since 2000.

The construction of this architectural gem began way back in 1910, after the Kowloon-Canton Railway was opened. In later years, a new station had to be built on the site to accommodate the heavy passenger traffic, but construction of this station did not begin until 1913, mainly due to the arms race preceding World War I; as the materials required for it could not be shipped to Hong Kong in due time. Therefore, the railway station was finished and opened to the public only in 1916.

The 44-meter-high tower, made of red bricks and granite, would become one of the most eye-catching structures at the station. The installation of the clock was quite an expensive endeavor and initially the Clock Tower reused the clock face that had been on the demolished Pedder Street Clock Tower. At first, only one side of the building actually had a clock and it was not until 1920 that the clocks on the remaining three sides of the Clock Tower were installed. These began to tick in 1921 and have run ever since, with the exception of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II.

A new, modern railway terminal was built in the city in the middle of the 1970s, after which the authorities decided to demolish the old station, in spite of the protests from the locals. However, the municipality did reluctantly agree to leave the Clock Tower untouched, as it was a notable landmarks of the colonial period. Moreover, it is an important piece of memorabilia for thousands of Chinese people who have migrated to Hong Kong and the New Territories in order to start a new life.

The top of the tower can be reached by a wooden staircase and the interior of the Clock Tower is open for visits. However, it is occasionally closed for maintenance.

Getting there. Get off at MTR Tsim Sha Tsui, then walk to the intersection of Nathan Road and Salisbury Road. From there, turn left and walk to the Star Ferry, from which point it is impossible to miss the Clock Tower.

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Martin

Good spot at the harbour to see the Hong Kong skyline.

24.09.2017  
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slimer

매일 20시부터 시작되는 Symphony of Lights의 좋은 View Point 입니다.

19.08.2017  
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Rocío

Los cimientos de Inglaterra

05.07.2017  
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C

Very nice to see if you visit Tsim Sha Tsui and have a walk by Victoria Harbour.

08.12.2016  
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Vanessa

The view!!!

05.10.2016  
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Robin

Very crowded around 8pm during the Symphony of Lights show.

05.10.2016  
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hazroolrizalabdrahim

Where train!

19.09.2016  
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Claudia

The tower is in reparation right now

04.05.2016  
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Daniele

Martedì mattina lezioni di tai chi gratuite

15.05.2015  
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Turkish Airlines

Welcome to Hong Kong! Standing 44 metres tall, the Clock Tower is an impressive monument worth seeing, especially during the night.

30.04.2015  
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Jay

교통의 요지. 버스 종점이자 스타페리 터미널. 그리고 에비뉴 오브 스타의 사실상 시작점!

01.11.2014  
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Tim

another hong kong landmark

07.09.2014  
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Shing Yau

Nice view !!!

09.06.2014  
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TC Cem

Cok kalabalik coook

28.10.2013  
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Gesema

I been there yesterday,,,, good place,,,

25.08.2012  
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Som

Symphony Of Lights ,, start at 20.00 pm every day :]

20.07.2012  
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Woo chan

저녁 8시 부터 시계탑 앞에서 레이져쑈 합니다. 약 20분간.

02.12.2011  
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KaeMania

ช็อปปิ้งแหลก

28.11.2011  
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Unknown

Good spot to view Central and Wanchai area.

23.11.2011  
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Rafael

Good vantage point to see the Symphony of Lights. Just be sure to get to the viewing deck early before it gets too crowded.

03.07.2011  
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