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“Great photo spot and a piece of history”
Review of 1881 Heritage

1881 Heritage
Ranked #50 of 824 things to do in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
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Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great photo spot and a piece of history”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

This is a very lovely spot in TST. It's convenient enough to get here and it's across the street from Star Ferry and the harbor. the architecture of it is beautifully designed, combining modern and old age. A beautiful big old tree grows on the upper level of the building and there are lots of lawn, plants, and flowers there too. There are also some artifacts around like a cannon from the old days when the British were there. The rest of the place is mostly luxury shops. I just came here for the photo opportunity. Theres lots a great places to take pictures. When I was there, there were a lot of bridal shots and models being photographed. I only spent about 20 minutes walking around. That's probably all you really need if you just want to see it and not shop.

Visited November 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
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311 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“What heritage?”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

I guess this place used to house lots of really meaningful buildings and actually boasted a proud heritage -that is all but lost now. There's nothing much to see here, just a bunch of shopping places. There's no atmosphere here either, be it cultural or commercial. It just felt like a manicured shadow of its probably glorious past. Still, some of the buildings make for nice photo backdrops, so stop by if you're in the area.

Visited April 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“High Tea in the Heritage's Hullett House”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

We enjoy the traditional English High Tea in a nice environment when we're off travelling. With some keen expectations we visited the Peninsula Hotel lobby for their afternoon High Tea. We didn't stay long after looking around and chatting to two staff. The lobby has no ambience at all, it was noisy, a little untidy, and the queue was out the lobby and into the hallway as far as the exit. We were told at least two hours and probably a three hour wait. There were people standing near tables and as for ambience, it felt like you were in a hallway, with people coming and going everywhere. A pity, but its popularity is overshadowing its ability to provide that special experience people come to enjoy.

We went instead around the corner to the Heritage 1881 for an excellent High Tea service. No waiting, seated immediately. Only 10 tables having high tea so not a long wait for a superb selection of dainties to arrive. There were also a couple of really interesting and tasty sweets, like the raspberry and lychee heart shaped mould. You could even buy the jams served with the scones and clotted cream (e.g. rose petal jam). Good coffee too. The price for the High tea for two was good about the same as the Peninsula. Pity you had to pay extra for a second cup of coffee, which you need after all that sweet stuff.

Very enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere, no pressure to leave early and in a heritage building with nice ambience. All up, a great time.

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A shopping mall - no heritage here!”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

It was sad to see my memories of this place changed to a shopping arcade. It’s another great example of government and big business mishandling conservation and heritage. They just didn’t care; it was just for big money. As one of the oldest surviving government buildings in Hong Kong it's a shame the government mishandled its redevelopment. The former marine police headquarters is a classic example of what not to do with a heritage site. It simply failed to achieve proper conservation.
When I visited the site, it felt more fake than real. I don't think the bus loads of mainland tourists being brought there would know that it is an actual heritage site. All you see when you enter the site are escalators and high end shops. You're completely distracted by the store fronts and this ugly arcade that you don't even notice any of the heritage sites.
However, if you don’t care about heritage and just want to shop at really expensive shops, then you might like this place. It’s just another mall.

Visited May 2013
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Seoul, South Korea
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Heritage Hype”
Reviewed 20 April 2013

Perhaps at one time, the building was really lovely and full of "heritage" but it is presently a shopping outlet. If you're heading there to go shopping then you'll like it...if you're going there to get photos of some lovely colonial era heritage then you'll be largely disappointed.

Visited March 2013
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