|One of the two courtyards in Tai Kwun that gives a wonderful spacious area|
|The beautiful staircase that everyone has photographed|
Tai Kwun has been a long time coming. It was closed in 2006 and then the public got a chance to look at it before it was renovated in 2008 in a partnership between the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong government, but nothing happened for a long time; perhaps behind the scenes there was a lot of assessment that had to be done in terms of the buildings' stability and condition.
And then in May 2016 one of the retaining walls suddenly collapsed that set back the project another year or so. Meanwhile as a passerby, the construction site was wrapped up in white and for a long time we couldn't see any progress.
|The second courtyard with a Herzog & de Meuron building|
The Central Police Station was first built in 1841, and it's a huge complex that has two giant courtyards with trees, making it quite a nice setting. However the jail cells -- you can see some of them -- seem quite tiny, and prisoners were physically tortured. They couldn't even use the toilet -- only a bucket, and another bucket of fresh water.
|You can access Tai Kwun from the Mid-Levels escalator|
I have yet to try the restaurants and bars here, but it would be quite neat to dine here and see what the atmosphere is like in the evening.
Meanwhile I have heard from people who live and work in the area are so glad Tai Kwun is open because the scaffolding around it made the area congested and now there are more options for pedestrians to get around Wyndham Street.
|One of the tiny jail cells in Tai Kwun|