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Whampoa Garden

Whampoa Garden
Whampoa Garden in June 2017
LocationHung Hom
StatusComplete
Groundbreaking1985; 39 years ago (1985)
Constructed1991; 33 years ago (1991)
Companies
DeveloperHutchison Whampoa Property Limited (HWP)
ManagerHutchison Whampoa Limited
Technical details
Buildings88 buildings in 12 complexes
Whampoa Garden
Traditional Chinese黃埔花園
Simplified Chinese黄埔花园

Whampoa Garden (Chinese: 黃埔花園; Jyutping: wong4 bou3 faa1 jyun4) is the largest private housing estate in Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was built on the site of the former Whampoa Dockyards by Hutchison Whampoa Property. The urban design of the estate incorporates concepts inspired by the Garden city movement[1] and was completed in 1991.

Features

The estate covers 19 hectares and consists of 12 complexes. Ten are residential/commercial mixed use, with a total of 88 16-storey residential high-rise towers. The other two are solely commercial use.[2] There was a height restriction on the buildings due to its proximity to the Kai Tak Airport at the time. It includes eight shopping arcades, three supermarkets, a cinema,[3][4] hundreds of restaurants and shops, a karaoke, five primary schools, mini-parks and two public transport interchange.[5] Most notable shops include Sushiro, AEON (Japanese department store), Sukiya, Wonderland Superstore.

There are 10,431 flats,[2] ranging from 351 to 1,110 square feet (32.6 to 103.1 m2), in the 88 residential towers.

The Whampoa, a long boat-shaped shopping centre in September 2005

Notable commercial outlets include the first ParknShop Hong Kong Superstore, which was opened in 1996 in Whampoa Garden[6] Phase 12 with a floor space of 4,200 square metres (45,000 sq ft); as of 2011, there are over 50 superstores in Hong Kong.

The Whampoa, a 110 metres (360 ft)-long boat-shaped shopping centre[7] built in the original No. 1 Dry Dock,[1] is located in Phase 6. During the 1980s and 1990s, the structure housed a playground on the top and "deck" level, seafood restaurants, a cinema on other floors above ground levels; the department store Yaohan on ground and basement level, and an indoor family theme park (The Wonderful World of Whimsy [zh], 開心一號) with an arcade game centre and a roller skating rink on lower basement level. In late 1990s, the department store was taken over by JUSCO department store.[8] The JUSCO department store was renamed to AEON in 2013, to be consistent with the name change adopted by its parent company in Japan. In May 2016, the department store was renovated and renamed as AEON Style after its reopening in September the same year.

There is also a promenade along sea side, from Laguna Verde to Hung Hom Ferry Pier. It is also linked to the Avenue of Stars. One can walk from Hung Hom Pier to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier in about 40 minutes.

Complexes

Map of Whampoa Garden
Phase Name No. blocks No. floors No. units Year built
1 Juniper Mansions 5 15 600 1985
2 Cherry Mansions 18 15 2,160 1987
3 Willow Mansions 8 15 959 1987
4 Palm Mansions 6 15 720 1987
5 Oak Mansions 9 15 1,080 1988
7 Cotton Tree Mansions 5 15 465 1988
9 Lily Mansions 10 16 1,218 1989
10 Banyan Mansions 5 15 600 1988
11 Bauhinia Mansions 13 15 1,560 1989
12 Bamboo Mansions 9 15 1,079 1991

Demographic

According to the 2016 by-census, Whampoa Gardens had a population of 30,198. The median age was 41.8. Nearly 88 per cent of the estate was of Chinese ethnicity. Cantonese speakers comprised 87 per cent of the speaking population, with English as the second-most usual spoken language, at 7 per cent.[9]

Transportation

MTR

Whampoa Garden is served by Whampoa station, the terminus of the Kwun Tong line. The underground station, located beneath Tak On Street, opened on 23 October 2016.

Ferry
  • Hung Hom to North Point
  • Hung Hom to Central

Education

Whampoa Garden and Whampoa Estate are in Primary One Admission (POA) School Net 35.[10] Within the school net are multiple aided schools (operated independently but funded with government money) and Ma Tau Chung Government Primary School (Hung Hom Bay) (馬頭涌官立小學(紅磡灣)).[11]

References

  1. ^ a b Hutchison Whampoa Limited: Property Development
  2. ^ a b Chan, Chi-kau, Johnnie Casire, "Community development and management of private sector housing estates in Hong Kong", University of Hong Kong, August 1995
  3. ^ "GH Whampoa Cinema", cinematreasures.org
  4. ^ GH Whampoa Cinema on Golden Harvest website
  5. ^ List of Indoor Public Transport Interchanges and Bus Termini
  6. ^ PARKnSHOP milestones
  7. ^ Hong Kong Tourism Board: Where to shop > Kowloon
  8. ^ Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa commercial centres website: Shop finder
  9. ^ "Major Housing Estates". 2016 Population By-census. Census and Statistics Department.
  10. ^ "POA2023 Primary School Lists by School Net for Discretionary Places Admission Stage". Education Bureau. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  11. ^ "POA School Net 35" (PDF). Education Bureau. Retrieved 12 September 2022.

22°18′14″N 114°11′32″E / 22.3039°N 114.1922°E / 22.3039; 114.1922

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