Victoria Park was previously a typhoon shelter for fishing boats in the ’50s; however, due to the decline of the fishing industry – and the rise of the tertiary sector of Hong Kong Island – the shelter was reclaimed and transformed into the beautiful park you can see today.
The park is home to a large statue of Queen Victoria near its entrance – a statue that features two intriguing incidents in its history. The first incident occurred during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in World War II when the Japanese had taken hold of the Queen Victoria statue and taken it back to Japan to melt. Following the defeat of the Axis powers in World War II, this statue was later returned to Hong Kong and placed in Victoria Park – hence the name.
The second incident occurred in 1996 when a recent immigrant artist from China, by the name of Pun Sing-Liu, smashed the nose of the statue and spray painted it red. Pun was protesting the passive colonial nature of Hong Kong and desired more unity with ‘red’ China. The aftermath of this incident was simply a restoration of the statue and Pun being charged with vandalism.
Today, Victoria Park is a common gathering place for domestic helpers on weekends and also serves as an important landmark for Hong Kong’s street football and basketball culture.
Victoria Park, 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2890 5824