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HarbourChill, a new harbourfront hangout space, is now open in Wan Chai

By Annette Chan 31 May 2021

Header photo courtesy of Gov HK

As an archipelago comprising over 200 islands, Hong Kong has plenty of coastlines, and we’ve got all the seaside towns, beaches, and waterfronts to show for it, too. Even then, there’s always more to explore—even in busy areas like Wan Chai.

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Last Friday, The Development Bureau’s Harbour Office officially opened a new, pet-friendly public harbourfront space by the Wan Chai Ferry Pier called “HarbourChill.” Designed to be “the city’s backyard garden,” the HarbourChill site comprises 1,800 square metres of open space with (movable) animal-shaped furniture, swing chairs, large-scale art installations, and covered shelters decorated with faux flowers.

As it is a shared space with “minimal rules,” you can bring your own food—but should you decide to get a bite on-site, just look for the We+ Kiosk, where you can get snacks, drinks, and other goods from social enterprises.

As a multi-purpose space, HarbourChill will also host pop-ups, sculptures, and public events, so you can easily sign up for activities like outdoor yoga classes, art jamming sessions, and more. However, it is open to the public 24 hours a day, so feel free to picnic, run, or walk your dog any time the mood strikes.

HarbourChill’s inaugural installation features 20 winning entries from the Harbour Office’s public furniture competition, including functional-yet-conceptual pieces like benches made from stacks of bamboo scaffolding, a seafoam-green faux bing sutt cutaway that looks like a film set piece, and a large seating area comprised of tree trunk cross-sections. All HarbourChill installations will remain on-site for a minimum of six months, after which they may be displayed for a while longer or tweaked according to public feedback.

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Annette Chan

Senior editor

Annette is an editor and copywriter with a lifetime of experience in hunting out the most interesting, odd, and delightful things about her beloved home city. Having written extensively about everything from food and culture to fashion, music, and hospitality, she considers her speciality to be Hong Kong itself. In her free time, you can find Annette trying out new dumpling recipes or playing Big Two at her favourite local bars with a cocktail in hand.

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