Friday, 2 May 2014

Noble House (Mini series) - Pierce Brosnan (1988) - Government House, Central

Here we see a nice bit of HK real estate that should be familiar to pretty much everybody, it's the ex-Governer's Mansion in Central: Government House. Of course this place was famously shunned by the post-handover Chief Executive, Tung Chee-hwa, but little good it did him because he didn't last very long. Once a year this place is thrown open to the public so they can wander through the gardens and a little bit of the interior of the house. I did go one year and it was a nice day out and very, very popular. We went later in the day when the crowds had died down, but if you are over you should find out when this happens.

The top picture shows us looking east along Upper Albert Road, you can see the rather funky St Joseph's Church where the road splits. The camera must have been positioned on the terrace in the Botanical Gardens to get this view, because it gives a great view through the main gates of the house (second picture).

This final shot is fairly long distance and the angle means it is quite possible it was taken from The Peak. It gives a hazy but wide-angle view of the building with its Japanese Occupation added tower. It's hard to imagine the house once had unfettered views over the harbour - a view now completely obscured by buildings.

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