General Post Office opened on 11 August 1976
Hong Kong General Post Office in Central of Hong Kong Island opened on 11 August 1976.
It always correlates to the property development and land reclamation of Hong Kong.
The once seaward General Post Office is now waiting for redevelopment.
Frank the tour guide is eager to share Hong Kong history and his story with clients during his private car tour service.
The fourth generation of General Post Office is always related to Hong Kong’s estate development and land reclamation
The fourth generation of General Post Office replaced the classical third generation in 1976.
The classical and beautiful third generation of General Post Office (middle, building with a tower on the top) was also once next to the waterfront.
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Location for the third generation later becomes the Central Metro Station and World-Wide Building, which was built by local property tycoon, Mr Li Kashing.
The fourth generation General Post Office is a wide but short building.
Its height is only 120-feet tall because Hong Kong Colonial Government sold a piece of land right next to the planned location of General Post Office to British-owned Hong Kong Land in a record price in 1970 (258 million HKD).
The sales contract stipulated that the planned General Post Office won’t block the sea view of the company’s planned new skyscrapers.
The tall building was the tallest building in Hong Kong and the whole Asia in the 1970s, the former Connaught Center and now Jardine House.
The General Post Office was right next to the sea for the easy handling of letters and parcels in the past.
After the reclamation work, which led to the removal Star Ferry Pier in 2006, it is now about 500m from the shoreline.
Hong Kong Government always relies on selling land leases to property developer to earn revenue.
It has planned to move the General Post Office to the new area and sell the valuable land (estimated value is about 90 billion HKD) to the tycoon in the central business district.
Hope Hong Kong Post will keep the beautiful mosaic, which creates the Hong Kong Victoria Harbour view by about 70,000 stamps after the removal! (For the details of the stamp mosaic, please browse Frank’s old post about mosaic in General Post Office)
Frank the tour guide wants to share his story and Hong Kong history with clients during his private car tour
Frank the tour guide once was the office boy working in Central from 2003 to 2006.
Frank often used the Central elevated Walkway, which interconnects with General Post Office, to walk to the old Star Ferry Pier, take the boat to Kowloon and go to the Open University of Hong Kong for evening lessons.
Frank is eager to share more about his story and Hong Kong’s history with clients during his private car tour.
Hope can sere you in Hong Kong after Covid-19!