Just twice a year the Governor’s Mansion opens its doors to the public, making you appreciate how much more open the White House is in comparison. I decided to pop by yesterday to see what is behind those massive gates I always walk by.Just a few rooms were open in the mansion–it’s the gardens that are the real draw and they are incredible. Smack in the middle of the most valuable plot of real estate in the world, it’s no surprise that people have talked about bull-dozing the mansion and its gardens to sell off the land for a literal fortune. For now, its a protected monument under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance.
All that pink made me really feel like it’s spring! The interior rooms of the mansion were decorated in an elegant Chinese / British way and of course fresh flowers were everywhere. The main building was constructed in 1855 in the neo-classical style, incorporating rich colonial characteristics. It was the official residence and office of 25 of Hong Kong’s 28 colonial governors.
There was a group of protestors gathered despite the hundreds of police officers everywhere… the only explanation I got as to what they were protesting about was that they “the people” should get to live in this great house. A head’s-up to local Hong Kongers that the Observatory is holding its open days on March 26th and 27th.