Choi Hung Estate

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Choi Hung Estate, Hong Kong
Choi Hung Estate, the other side

Choi Hung Estate (Chinese: 彩虹邨; pinyin: Cǎihóng Cūn; Jyutping: coi2 hung4 cyun1; literally: "Rainbow Estate") is one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong. It is located in the Wong Tai Sin District of Kowloon. The estate was built by the former Hong Kong Housing Authority (Chinese: 屋宇建設委員會) and is now managed by the current Hong Kong Housing Authority (香港房屋委員會). It received a Silver Medal at the 1965 Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Awards.[1]

Location[edit]

Signboard of the opening ceremony

Choi Hung Estate is located in Ngau Chi Wan and is surrounded by eastern Kowloon Peninsula's several major roads. To the north is Lung Cheung Road; to the south Prince Edward Road East; to the west Kwun Tong Bypass and to the east Clear Water Bay Road. The geographical location accounts for the excellent transport network near the estate.

History[edit]

The Hong Kong government granted the land to the Hong Kong Housing Authority to build a large housing estate in 1958. The blocks of the estate were completed between 1962 and 1964. An opening ceremony was held in 1963 with the presence of then Hong Kong Governor, Sir Robert Brown Black. A signboard commemorating the ceremony is located in the estate's Lam Chung Avenue.

Accommodating nearly 43,000 people, it was the largest public housing estate at the time. It subsequently attracted several prominent visitors, including Richard Nixon in 1964 (who became President of the United States in 1969), Britain's Princess Margaret in 1966, and Princess Alexandra in 1967.[2]

Buildings and facilities[edit]

There are 11 blocks of residential buildings, one car park and five schools in the estate, with various shops and restaurants on the ground floor of each block. Roads in the estate connect the blocks to each other and to major roads.

Residential blocks[edit]

A sign at the west exit of Choi Hung Estate
Name Block Type of building Phase Year of completion
Chi Mei House (紫薇樓) 1 Old Slab 1 1962
Tan Fung House (丹鳳樓) 2
Luk Ching House (綠晶樓) 3 2 1963
Pak Suet House (白雪樓) 4
Pik Hoi House (碧海樓) 7
Chui King House (翠瓊樓) 5 3
Kam Hon House (金漢樓) 9A 1964
Hung Ngok House (紅萼樓) 6 4
Kam Wan House (錦雲樓) 8 5
Kam Pik House & Kam Wah House (金碧樓及金華樓) 9B 6

Public facilities[edit]

  • car park
  • post office
  • bus terminus
  • 2 markets

Education[edit]

Secondary schools[edit]

Primary schools[edit]

Transport[edit]

Because the estate is accessible from major roads of Kowloon, the bus network is very convenient.

Buses[edit]

MTR[edit]

The Choi Hung MTR Station on the Kwun Tong Line, which is named after the estate, is in the north of the estate. Exits C3 and C4 are available for access to the estate.

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Coordinates: 22°20′06″N 114°12′24″E / 22.33500°N 114.20667°E / 22.33500; 114.20667