Museums in Hong Kong

I can’t really say that I had a hard time adjusting to living in Hong Kong because it’s a great city like New York—except for the part where everybody speaks either Cantonese or Mandarin and I can barely understand them. The sights are great though, there’s so much food to choose from and my students are really lovely and intelligent children. They even gave me the idea to visit all the wonderful museums in Hong Kong, because it seems like they have a museum for everything. They have a history museum, an art museum, a space museum, a science museum, a heritage museum and even museums for correctional services, tea ware, railway, coastal defence, medical sciences and film. I didn’t even mention the ones that I couldn’t pronounce right.

They have a history museum, an art museum, a space museum, a science museum, a heritage museum and even museums for correctional services, tea ware, railway, coastal defence, medical sciences and film. I didn’t even mention the ones that I couldn’t pronounce right.

So one weekend, I went out and tried to visit as many museums as I could. I decided to visit Hong Kong’s Space Museum first since I was a huge space geek when I was little. I paid 32 HKD for my admission at the egg-shaped building. It was truly an amazing experience because the museum had something for everyone. It had sky shows, astronomy exhibits, a digital planetarium projector and even a ‘gyrochair’, which visitors used to learn how to control a gyro as well as launch a multi-stage rocket.

The next museum that I went to was the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum in the Sham Shui Po District. It houses a 2,000-year-old tomb and 58 items that were excavated during the construction of the Lei Cheng Uk Resettlement Area. Historians believe that the tomb was built in the Eastern Han dynasty, sometime between 25 and 220 AD because of the calligraphy and the inscriptions on the tomb bricks. I was so intrigued by the history in this museum that I decided to proceed to the Hong Kong Museum of History. At the Hong Kong Museum of History in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, they charge 10 dollars for a Standard ticket—which by the way is a lot cheaper than the ticket at the Space Museum. Although, the Hong Kong Museum of History did preserve almost over 400 million years of Hong Kong’s historical and cultural heritage. The experience actually made me learn so much more about Hong Kong and South China’s archaeology, history, ethnography and natural histories.

After my last stop, I had to go home. I had no idea that a whole day of museum-hopping could be so exhausting.

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