Historic staircases in Hong Kong’s concrete jungle can now be viewed by people anywhere in the world on a computer or smartphone using the Street View function of Google Maps, Headline Daily reported Tuesday.
Among the 14 streets with stone steps that are part of the collection, Duddell Street in Central, which has been featured in movies, features four gas lamps that are nowhere else to be found in the city and earn it the nickname Gas Lamp Street.
Pottinger Street, better known as Stone Slabs Street, also in Central, and Ladder Street, in Sheung Wan, both of which are more than a hundred years old, are reminiscent of the old days when the city was under British rule.
For those who like art, it is worthwhile taking a look at creativity center PMQ’s 25-step staircase in Soho, which features paintings by artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and France.
There’s also the magnificent staircase leading to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin, flanked by 500 gilded statues of arhats.
On Lantau Island, the hilly Ngong Ping 360 rescue trail, about 5.6 kilometers long, comprises a series of specially constructed concrete and stone footpaths, steps and timber boardwalks along the Ngong Ping 360 cable car system linking Tung Chung with Ngong Ping.
Lau Chi-pang, who will assume chairmanship of the new Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation on May 15, was quoted by Sky Post as saying that the additions by Google Maps can help locals and tourists understand the development of Hong Kong better.
Walter Ng, co-founder of Alien United, a group that aims to help people rediscover the uniqueness of Hong Kong through the exploration of local culture, history and nature, said tourists will become more interested in the city when they see these special staircases.
Google Maps Street View: staircases of Hong Kong
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