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Pak Tsz Lane Park, Hong Kong

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Pak Tsz Lane Park (Chinese: 百子里公園) is a park in Central, Hong Kong, featuring a monument celebrating the late 19th century revolutionary anti-Qing Dynasty activity of the members of the Furen Literary Society and the Hong Kong chapter of the Revive China Society. Leading members of these societies were Yeung Ku-wan (President), Sun Yat-sen and Tse Tsan-tai.


The park is located in central Hong Kong, in a quiet square behind Aberdeen Street, Hollywood Road, Gage Street and Peel Street. It is close to the rear of 52 Gage Street where the revolutionists met and where Yeung Ku-wan taught and was eventually assassinated by Qing Dynasty agents. The Park can be approached by a number of narrow lanes, such as Sam Ka Lane (三家里), and Pak Tsz Lane (百子里), all of which afforded a number of possibilities for a quick get-away by the revolutionists, in case of action against them by either Qing agents or the Hong Kong police.


The park was refurbished by the architecture firm Ronald Lu & Partners, who were also responsible for the design. The work was directed and financed ($HK 40 million) by the Hong Kong Urban Renewal Authority. It was opened in May 2012, in time for the Xinhai Revolution Centenary anniversary in October 2011.


It now comprises:


Information panels recounting the founding and history of the Furen Literary Society and details of the founding members.

An audio-visual commentary

A bronze sculpture of a Western-dressed man cutting the queue (pigtail) of a Chinese man dressed in traditional Manchu clothes, as a symbol of liberation from the Qing rule

In the pavement nearby are inscribed the tenets of the Furen Literary Society (in English)

Slatted panels displaying maps of Guangzhou and Huizhou indicating events during the rebellions organised in 1895 and 1900, respectively.

A slatted display of Sun Yat-sen's letter of condolence to Tse Tsan-tai, following the assassination of Yeung Kui-wan.

An educative game [based on a children's street game] with time-lines of the actions of the Furen Literary Society leading to 3 discs fixed to a wall. Each disc has paired windows which, when the discs are turned, show paired photographs illustrating important events and actions by the early revolutionists.Also the remains can be seen of an old well, which, though unrelated to the history of the Furen Literary Society, has been preserved.


Pak Tsz Lane is Stop 8 and the rear of 52 Gage Street is Stop 7 on the Dr Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail. The latter stop is in one of the approach lanes to the Pak Tsz Lane Park.


None of the explanations is in English. The lack of signposts, in adjacent streets, pointing to the park means that it can be easy to miss the park.
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  • 這個地方百子里,在中環與上環的交界一個很神秘的地方,因為環抱附近這一帶的地方,都是熱鬧的嘉咸街街市,還有著名的一些遊覽點,例如元創方,蘭芳園奶茶檔,亦在這兒不遠處,就在這些絢爛的景點和高樓大廈,包圍著應該不是很好找,所以就有一份隱世的魅力,其實裏頭別有洞天,從結志街進去的話,只有一個小小的宇樓梯口,就是一般出入口,登上大概十級,就可以看到大大的,一條條的,豎立在那邊的,寫上字的裝飾柱子上面寫著輔仁...  more »
  • The park is located in the back alley where the founders of jinin Bunsha, who later joined Sun Wen's activities, and Xie Xie Tai, who were holding a revolutionary rally. It is a quiet park though the object etc. are installed.
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  • The original old houses of Pak Tsz Lane have been demolished and therefore the site does not have too much built heritage value remained, except the granite steps and the adjoining wall capped by coping concrete in front of the dark and narrow lane which are believed to be the original built structures of Pak Tsz Lane. Indeed, a site plan in 1901 shows that the physical layout of Pak Tsz Lane, including the entrance and steps along the lane leading to the site of Foo Yan Man Ser (輔仁文社) and the aforesaid adjoining wall, still looks the same as it did back in the late 19th century. Arguably, the genius loci or ‘spirit of the place’ of Pak Tsz Lane as a base of revolutionary activities has been lost to some extent. However, the granite steps and adjoining wall which show a degree of authenticity still exist and are considered a rare landmark of a place that carries historic significance in the modern history of China.
  • Very time passing park....good palce oin between busy narrow streets

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