It is super hot today and I really mean it when I say SUPER! Not only is it hot, it is also humid. I hate this time of the year in Hong Kong. May to November in Hong Kong is basically the time when I would hibernate at home in my room on my bed with my air conditioner blasting at me. It's only May now, but I already feel like I am melting like a piece of artificial cheese on my grilled sandwich. It's Saturday, but I still had some work to do in the morning. I wasn't ready to get back home since I was already out. The movies were full and outside is hot. I have nothing I want to shop for and I really shouldn't be shopping now as I plan to go to Korea soon and I'll need to save my money for the massive shopping that I'll be doing in Seoul. So, what can I do on a hot summer afternoon in Hong Kong that is free? The first thing that came to my mind is the Hong Kong Museum of History. Despite the name of the place, it's actually not as boring as it sounds. When I arrived, I was surprised to find that it's FREE ADMISSION today! This place is usually free on Wednesday, but today is a Saturday! So, I found out other than Wednesday, they are also free on days with special exhibition. I guess today is the day.
Here is the link to the museum website for more info:
So, here I am at the entrance of Hong Kong Museum of History~ Looks boring?
Here is a closer look.
The blasting air conditioner greeted me and I was happy to see the sign that says "Free Admission". Well, even when it's not free, admission is only HKD$10 for a standard ticket. So, even if it wasn't free, I still think it's a nice and cheap place to spend your afternoon in.
These couple months, they are have a special exhibition of "The Aftermath of the First Sino-Japanese War" in Hong Kong. I am not a history person. Whether it's Chinese history or Canadian history...I don't have much interest. In fact, I barely passed any of the social studies classes while I was in high school.
Look at all these people here! I wonder if they were here because they really want to study about the history or if they were just like me....trying to find a not so crowded place in Hong Kong with blasting air conditioner.
A pic of some of the people around a hundred years ago. I did try to read the descriptions next to the pictures. However, whether it was in Chinese or in English, I was too lazy to read through the 2nd sentence.
Here's a little history for you if you are interested.
So, I would say the above is the boring part. The following is my favorite part of this museum.
And once again, I am greeted by the free admission sign to double confirm me that I am not going to pay penny for it . Woohoo!
They have this special progamme today as well.
They have a few staffs that would play games and explain about the history with you for this programme.
They have pamphlets in traditional and simplified Chinese, English and Japanese~
They also have these audio sets if you don't speak Chinese. Since I am not really here for the history, I didn't take one.
Inside, they have display of what the streets looked like back in the days. This is the part I like. You can take pictures and pretend you live in Hong Kong 100 years ago~
There's a fake boat on fake water~
Then there is an old office with old office supplies~
This has got to be my favorite street / part in the museum. This street is filled with old groceries shop, pharmacy, tailors etc.
Here is a shop that sell rice and cured meat~
Lets get one of those traditional Chinese dress~
Here is a pawn shop.
Don't know what this is~
You can probably spend around 2 hours here just by taking pictures. If you are going to read and study the history part, it'll probably take up the whole afternoon.
After a couple hours, I left and right across from the HK Museum of History, it's the Science Museum. Maybe I'll spend my next weekend there when I want to hide from the hot humid weather.
Hong Kong Museum of History at point A at Places Part 1