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Hong Kong Signal Hill

Signal Hill

The Signal Tower was built in 1907 to house the time-ball mechanism (a 6 ft diameter hollow copper ball was raised by hand-winch to the top of the mast, then at exactly 1 pm released, dropping to the foot of the mast). The tower was one of the two buildings constructed for the purpose of signalling accurate time to the mariners and the public. The time-ball service ceased in 1933.
The Signal Tower is a Classical Baroque design incorporating red brickwork (specially fabricated) and contrasting lighter coloured stone (local granite). Originally 42 ft high, a storey of about 20 ft was added in 1927 to enhance the tower's visibility.

Getting there:
Nathan Road
turn right onto Middle Road
turn left towards Minden Row
Signal Hill Garden is on the right.

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