Statue Square

sights / Squares & plazas

Lonely Planet review

This leisurely square used to house effigies of British royalty. Now it pays tribute to a single sovereign – the founder of HSBC, the banking giant who owns the square. While it lacks statues, there’s plenty to see. In the northern area of the square (reached via a pedestrian underpass) is the Cenotaph (和平紀念碑), built in 1923 as a memorial to Hong Kong residents killed during the two world wars. To the east the Hong Kong Club Building , resembling a swimming stingray, houses a prestigious club of that name that was still not accepting Chinese members until well after WWII. On the south side of Chater Rd, Statue Sq has a pleasant collection of fountains and seating areas, although it’s somewhat marred by tiling, which gives it the look of a 1980s municipal washroom.