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More of Wan Chai ウアンチャイの古館

October 21, 2008

There are a lot of interesting areas and hidden gems to find in Hong Kong.  Wan Chai is one of those areas and on Sunday I discovered some of the interesting old ruins off of Queen’s Road up along Ship Street and then farther up on Kennedy Road.

香港の中でたくさん面白い場所があります。ウアンチャイはとても古い所ですからたくさん古館があります。先日、シップストリートの辺りに面白い古館を見付かった。

The first part that I noticed the remains of what seemed to be a complex of buildings.  Turns out it’s the remains of Tung Chi College.  Other than a mention, I can’t seem to find any information on it though.  Based on the series of terraces and other remains, it seems like it would have been pretty impressive in its day.

まず、何軒かの廃墟を見ました。実はタングチ大学の廃墟です。残念ことは報知が見付かりなかった。もともと、すてきな大学と思います。

Across from the remains of Tung Chi College is the old Nam Koo Terrace mansion at No. 55 Ship street.  It is apparently the most haunted spot in Hong Kong with many stories surrounding it, including one which indicates that it housed “comfort women” during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.  At this point, it remains standing but obviously suffering.  I’d really like to get inside the grounds though.  I’ll let you know when that happens.

道リの向こう側に古大邸宅があります。伝聞するところではこの大邸宅はお化け屋敷です。実は知らない。門は閉まれましたのでこの時入らなかったですが入りたいです。多分今度を入ります。秘密ですよ。

Up the stairs further leads to Kennedy road and the old mansion at No. 64.  I didn’t have time to head over but it too looks interesting so I’ll definitely be back there soon.  Like Tung Chi College, I couldn’t find any historical information about the place.

もう少し階段を上りました。ケンネジーロードに行き着きました。左に曲がった。歩くで五分後もう一つ大邸宅を見ます。この大邸宅も報知が見付かりなかった。面白そうので戻るつもりです。

One aspect Hong Kong has going for it is the number of interesting old buildings still standing.  Unfortunately as evidenced by No. 55, several of the interesting old buildings are wasting away until someone figures out what to do with them.  Even the ones which are designated heritage buildings and are protected to an extent, like the Central Police station, rot away while trapped in red tape.

香港にたくさん面白い古館があるけど大部は悪化させています。理由は官僚制が多すぎると思います。残念事は香港で古館があまり保護しない。

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