Taikoo Dockyard foundation stone

A photograph of the foundation stone in its original site, in the wall of Taikoo Dockyard’s dry dock, against the backdrop of its current location at Cityplaza.
A photograph of the foundation stone in its original site, in the wall of Taikoo Dockyard’s dry dock, against the backdrop of its current location at Cityplaza.
Just next to the Cityplaza (D1) Exit to the MTR's Tai Koo Station is the original foundation stone for Taikoo Dockyard, which once occupied a large tract of this district. Its construction in the 1900s literally involved moving a mountain: 1,600,000 cubic yards of granite hillside was levelled and used to reclaim around 20 acres from the harbour, creating a total area of more than 52 acres. When completed in 1907, Taikoo boasted Hong Kong's largest supply of electrical power, half a mile of deep-water berths and a dry dock capable of accommodating the biggest ships in the world. In its 70-year history, Taikoo built around 500 vessels and was one of Hong Kong's leading employers. Today, few traces remain of the district's industrial past; over the last 45 years it has been transformed by Swire Properties into a vibrant residential and commercial neighbourhood. But next time you shop at Cityplaza, spare a thought that the shopping mall's 800-space underground carpark was once Taikoo's vast dry dock.

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