BNP Paribas Museum of Bethanie

Address: 139 Pokfulam Road
(next to Chinese Cuisine Training Institute)
First time visitors to Bethanie would find it hard to believe that they are actually in Hong Kong, but this sanatorium can be found in Pokfulam of the Southern District on Hong Kong Island.

Bethanie House was built by Missions Etrangeres de Paris (French Mission) in 1875 when missionaries carried out religious work across Asia. They used Bethanie as a temporary home or sanatorium. In the 1940's, foreign missionaries were deported from China during the turmoil and revolution, and Missions Etrangeres de Paris' significant role in Hong Kong was also diminishing. The property fell into the hands of Hong Kong Land, Hong Kong University Press and then the Hong Kong Government. In 2003, the right of use was eventually granted to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Bethanie was reborn as a new campus of the Academy's School of Film and Television.

During the two-year restoration project, while refurbishing the existing buildings and adding teaching facilities, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts faced major challenge in recovering missing relics and features which were removed after Bethanie was sold to the previous owners in 1974. These valuable features include 19 stained glass windows, statues of the Twelve Apostles, altar and reredos. The search for these relics to restore Bethanie to its original glory brought HKAPA across the territory and even overseas. Time and again, clues led them to various missions in Hong Kong and government warehouses, and French historian Professor Alain Le Pichon was commissioned to search the French Mission Archives in Paris.

Thanks to concerted effort, Bethanie was successfully restored and open to the public in 2006. When you admire the beautiful relics before you, take a moment to reminisce the stories behind them. Imagine how they were once lost in foreign places or forgotten, and then brought back to their home.

D'Aguilar Peninsula (Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse and Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve)

Address: D'Aguilar Peninsula
D'Aguilar Peninsula sits at the southeastern tip of Hong Kong Island. While most people are not too familiar with this place, it is well worth exploring.

The Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve covers almost 20 hectares of nearby waters. Here visitors interested in natural landforms can see tuff and granodiorite strata created by volcanic activities. The steep granite rocky shore is a favourite spot. Inside Thunder Cave and Crab Cave, you can feel the tempestuous force of surging ocean swells. 

Another treasure of D'Aguilar peninsula is the century-old Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse. Built in 1875, it was the first lighthouse in Hong Kong. This 9.7m white round stone tower guides vessels into Hong Kong from the east. The base, archway and spiral stairway are all fine masonry works. The upper part of the main iron gates is decorated with unique geometric patterns.

The lighthouse is not open to the public but visitors can appreciate their attractive exterior. D'Aguilar peninsula is an ideal hiking destination. Its unusual natural landscape and lighthouse draw many nature and photography fans. They come here to discover a lesser known face of the Southern District.