Along the concourse of Quarry Bay Park lives the historic relic of Alexander Grantham, a 500-tonne flagship fireboat first commissioned in 1953 to serve in the Hong Kong’s Fire Services Department. After its retirement in 2002, the fireboat was converted into a gallery showcasing unique firefighting and sea rescue artefacts like a Morse code signalling lamp and a breathing apparatus mask. There’s also an interactive game to learn more about the fire department’s rank markings and uniforms – perfect for curious children and adults alike. Don’t forget to visit the upper deck as well for an elevated look at the stunning Kowloon skyline that lies over the railing.
Known primarily as a residential area, Sai Wan Ho has often been overlooked in favour of seemingly trendier and more popular areas in the Eastern District like Quarry Bay and Shau Kei Wan. If you’re looking to explore a neighbourhood that eschews the typical glamour of Hong Kong, then Sai Wan Ho is the place for you. With local street food, scenic views and even a film archive to discover, this nostalgic ’hood is an ideal place to explore. Read on to find out the best places to visit in Sai Wan Ho. By Mabel Lui and Kaitlyn Lai. Photography by Mabel Lui
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