Heritage Hong Kong

October 5, 2010

There are still a handful of beautiful heritage buildings left in Hong Kong that haven’t yet been demolished for another skyscraper! Here are a few unique venues in Hong Kong that we love:

Bethanie Chapel

Built by the French Mission in 1875, this small but impressive neo-gothic chapel was lovingly restored a few years ago and is now operated by the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Complete with stained-glass windows, beautiful arches and polished pews, this is the perfect choice for couples who wish to marry in a chapel but are not affiliated with any particular faith. The Y.K Pao studio upstairs is also available for a post-ceremony reception. Book one year in advance. Call 2584 8633 www.hkapa.edu

The Helena May

Founded in 1916, this colonial building is situated in the heart of Hong Kong. A private women’s club, the Helena May features elegant function rooms with high ceilings and a garden at the back, perfect for an intimate outdoor ceremony . Members only. Call 2522 6766 www.helenamay.com

The Grand Stage

The Grand Stage is set in the historical Western Market in Sheung Wan. Built in 1906, this heritage building is now home to a warren of small shops on the ground floor with a large Chinese restaurant (The Grand Stage) on the 2/F. The d├ęcor may not be the most elegant, however, it can seat up to 500 guests and features high ceilings, an affordable menu and a large dance floor. Call 8202 2809

The Grand Stage