Hong Kong’s built environment wasn’t exactly created with a plan in mind or an identity to convey. Instead, it was really pragmatism in an endless series of ad hoc events, whether to meet unexpected needs or take advantage of opportunities, that helped develop the complex cityscape we now know and love. But in Hong Kong, you never really know how long a building will be around.
The demolition of buildings with heritage value has been on the rise, and many fading silently but quickly. Though change is inevitable, Hongkongers do have a say in what buildings should stay or go. For instance, citizens have successfully saved some local buildings including PMQ and the State Theatre, by pushing for revitalisation instead of demolition. So whether it’s to say goodbye or see if these buildings are worth saving, pay these sites a visit before they become something new. By Kate Lowe
Note: Two of the buildings on this list have permanently closed (check the list for more details on if you can visit or view) but demolition dates for all the buildings are still pending.