Whampoa Garden

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Whampoa Garden
Whampoa Garden Overview 2010.jpg
Whampoa Garden
Status Complete
Constructed 1991
Companies
Developer Hutchison Whampoa Property Limited (HWP)
Manager Hutchison Whampoa Limited
Technical details
Buildings 88 buildings in 12 complexes

Whampoa Garden (traditional Chinese: 黃埔花園; simplified Chinese: 黄埔花园; Jyutping: wong4 bou3 faa1 jyun4; pinyin: Huángpǔ Huāyuán) is the largest private housing estate located 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[edit]

The Whampoa
黃埔號
Whampoa Garden Overview 201408.jpg
The landmark of Whampoa Garden, "The Whampoa" (a ship-shaped shopping centre)
General information
Status in use
Address Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, Kowloon
Town or city Whampoa
Country Hong Kong
Current tenants Metro Radio, AEON department store and supermarket ,a seafood restaurant, Game Station, Spotlight Recreation Club (gym and swimming pool), etc
Opened 1991
Client Hutchison Whampoa Limited
Landlord Hutchison Whampoa Limited
Technical details
Structural system reinforced concrete
Floor count 6 (top deck, 2/F, 1/F, Ground, Basement 1, Basement 2)
Website
http://www.whampoaworld.com

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]

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 estimated population of the estate is over 40,000.[1]

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. Also, The Whampoa is a 110 metres (360 ft)-long boat-shaped shopping centre[7] built in the original No. 1 Dry Dock,[1] 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 (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 Hunghom Pier. It is also linked to the Avenue of Stars. Residents can walk from Hunghom Pier to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier in about 40 minutes.

Demographic[edit]

Apart from the majority Cantonese population, Whampoa and its surrounding area also has a significant Japanese immigrants and expatriate population. The area occupies only approximately 0.02% (1.5 km sq) of Hong Kong's total land area, but accounts for 12.7% of the entire Japanese citizen population in Hong Kong, according to the 2011 Hong Kong Census and Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong.[9][10] Most of the Japanese residents resides in phase five, where the Japanese department store - AEON STYLE is located.

Transportation[edit]

Map of Whampoa Garden
MTR
KMB
  • 3B- Tsz Wan Shan (Central) ↔ Hung Hom Ferry
  • 5D- Telford Garden ↺ Whampoa Garden
  • 7B- Lok Fu ↔ Hung Hom Ferry
  • 8A- Whampoa Garden ↺ Star Ferry
  • 8P- Laguna Verde ↺ Star Ferry
  • 12A- Sham Shui Po (Tonkin Street) ↔ Whampoa Garden (via Kowloon City and To Kwa Wan)
  • 15- Ping Tin ↔ Hung Hom Ferry
  • 30X- Allway Gardens ↔ Whampoa Garden
  • 85S- Yiu On → Hung Hom Ferry
  • 85X- Ma On Shan Town Centre ↔ Hung Hom Ferry
  • 212- Sham Shui Po (Tonkin Street) ↔ Whampoa Garden (via Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok)
  • 297- Hang Hau (North) ↔ Hung Hom Ferry (via Kowloon Bay)
  • 297P- Hang Hau (North) → Hung Hom Ferry
Minibus
  • 6/ 6A/ 6X- Whampoa ↔ Tsim Sha Tsui
  • 2/ 2A- Whampoa ↔ Kowloon Tong (Festival Walk)
Ferry
  • Hunghom to North Point
Cross Harbour Tunnel Bus
  • 115- Kowloon City Ferry ↔ Central (Macau Ferry)
  • 115P- Laguna Verde → Central (Macau Ferry)
  • 116- Tsz Wan Shan (Central) ↔ Quarry Bay
NWFB
  • 796X- LOHAS Park ↔ Tsim Sha Tsui East
Citybus
  • E23- Airport (Ground Transportation Centre) ↔ Tsz Wan Shan (South)
  • N23- Tung Chung Station ↔ Tsz Wan Shan (North)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 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. ^ Whampoa area (G15 – G19) totals 2687 Japanese residents. Specifically, G15 Laguna Verde (910); G16 Whampoa East (249), G17 Whampoa West (364), G18 Hung Hom Bay (453), G19 Hung Hom (711). 2011 Hong Kong Census – District Profiles, Hong Kong Government, 2012, retrieved 2013  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "Over 21 000 Japanese citizens resided in Hong Kong in 2011" 5. Japanese Residents and Visitors, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong, 2013, retrieved 2013  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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