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Former Marine Police Headquarters
Built in 1884, this gorgeous Victorian complex is one of Hong Kong's four oldest government buildings. It was used continuously by the Hong Kong Marine Police, except during WWII when the Japanese navy took over. The complex is now a nakedly commercial property called 'Heritage 1881'. Some of the old structures are still here, including stables, pigeon houses and bomb shelter. Why 1881? Because '4' has a similar pronunciation to 'death' in Chinese, and the developer was superstitious.