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Revitalized and electrified: CLP clock tower opens to public starting Friday

The 83-year-old CLP clock tower on Argyle Street will open to the public on Friday after it has been revitalized into CLP Pulse, a museum that showcases the intertwined histories of Hong Kong’s electricity development and the Kadoorie Family and promotes decarbonization and sustainable development through experiential activities.
The clock tower had served as the head office of the power giant for more than seven decades until it was moved to Hung Hom in 2012 and became a Grade 1 historic building in 2018.

Sitting near the foot of Kadoorie Hill, the clock tower was built in 1940 and was later connected to two blocks of St George’s Mansions to form the CLP Head Office.

The three neighboring buildings, clad with reddish-brown tiles, were designed by local architect Kwan Wing-hong and developed by the Hongkong Engineering & Construction Company in the late 1930s.

Standing at 25 meters high, the clock tower immediately became an iconic landmark in Kowloon with its most recognizable features – the three-faced electric clocks with glass blocks above them.

At CLP Pulse, three exhibitions are on permanent display. ElectriCity traces the evolution of the power industry and its impact on Hong Kong society from the 20th century through the new millennium.

Our Home · Our History, presented by The Hong Kong Heritage Project, looks at the contribution the Kadoorie interests made to the post-war rehabilitation and development of Hong Kong.

Finally, Traces of Human Touch, curated by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, showcases a selected range of intangible heritage items by young craftspeople to demonstrate how traditional craftsmanship is passed down from generation to generation.

ElectriCity is located on the first floor, while Our Home · Our History and Traces of Human Touch are on the ground floor.

Apart from interactive exhibitions, multimedia galleries, and guided tours, there will also be events, workshops, and activities taking place at CLP Pulse.

CLP Pulse opens from 10 am to 6 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to Sunday. It closes on New Year’s Day, the first two days of the Chinese New Year and Christmas Day. Admission is free of charge.

Visit the website of CLP Pulse for more information.

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