Functional public building reveals peaceful memorial garden

Don’t mistake Hong Kong City Hall for government offices – this building in Edinburgh Place is host to performing venues, a public library, exhibition space, marriage registry office and a very popular dim sum restaurant. The two-block complex was opened in 1962, and represents the International Style of architecture, with clean lines and geometric forms. It is important historically as the ceremonial location for the swearing in of colonial governors, who would arrive by boat at the former Queen’s Pier – but subsequent reclamations mean the hall is now inland. The City Hall Memorial Garden contains a shrine dedicated to those killed in World War II.