Built in 1846 as the home of the commander of the British forces, Flagstaff House is the oldest colonial building in Hong Kong still standing in its original spot. Its colonnaded verandahs exude a Greek Revival elegance that is complemented by the grace of the tea ware from the 11th to the 20th century – bowls, brewing trays, sniffing cups (used particularly for enjoying the fragrance of the finest oolong from Taiwan) and teapots made of porcelain or purple clay from Yíxìng.
The ground-floor cafe is a great place to recharge over a pot of fine tea. The museum also runs tea-appreciation classes. Call for details. Flagstaff House sits on Hong Kong Park’s northernmost tip.