Government House

Located on Government Hill in the Central District of Hong Kong Island, is the official residence of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong. The Government House is also a Declared monuments of Hong Kong.

Government House was formerly the office and residence of previous Governors of Hong Kong. Construction works started in 1851 and took four years to complete. At that time it enjoyed a fine harbour view. It was originally built in the Georgian style and bore rich colonial characteristics. It underwent a number of large-scale renovations, with the latest undertaken in 1942, during the Japanese Occupation, by a Japanese engineer, Siechi Fujimura, who designed to construct a dominant central tower to link the two original buildings; the roofs were also modified to add in more Japanese flavour, thus diminishing the strong European style of the mansion.

Not open to public. The garden of Government House is opened twice a year to the public. At least one will be arranged in spring to enable members of the public to share the delight in viewing the full bloom of the azaleas. Visitors are usually allowed to pass by the drawing room, dining room and ballroom where key official functions are held.
The open days are generally arranged during weekends. Dates are announced through press releases one week in advance. No admission fee is charged.

How To Get There

Bus: Bus 3B or 12 from outside Jardine House or bus 23 or 40 from outside Pacific Place and alight near Hong Kong Park. Walk past Hong Kong Squash Centre and St. John’s Building and cross to Garden Road to US Consulate. Government House is next to the US Consulate.

MTR: MTR Central Station, Exit K. Walk through the HSBC Main Building, then across Queen’s Road Central and uphill along Garden Road.

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