General Post Office, Hong Kong

General Post Office, Hong Kong

General Post Office, Hong Kong
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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
“As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country”
4.0 of 5 bubblesFeb 2021
Not a tourist site, but this is a very convenient Post Office to know about because it has long opening hours and is open even on Sundays - very handy if you have a last minute need to send home shopping that simply won’t fit into suitcases. Built in 1976, it is a squat structure with an austere white exterior, in the Modernist style. It’s not a pretty building but it was never meant to be. It’s very much ‘form follows function’. K.M. Tseng, the local architect said he intended the exterior to be “a truthful expression of what goes on within the concrete walls.” However the row of arched canopies, the deep-set windows and the two-tiered structure gives it a certain retro style. An unexpectedly nice touch inside, is an old decorative arch which was saved from the previous Victorian era Post Office before it was demolished. It reads “As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country”. Interestingly, the Post Office site marks the 1960s coastline. I always find it surprising to see a physical reminder of just how far aggressive land reclamation has reduced the harbour. Sadly the Post Office’s days are probably numbered. It’s been under threat for some time, with renewed efforts to demolish it being in the news recently. Admittedly it is a prime site and, despite ongoing public resistance, it is earmarked for a high-end commercial block. At this stage, the Post Office will be relocated to Kowloon Bay in 2023.

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Neighbourhood: Central District
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schemie2016
Hong Kong, China290 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Took ages to sort out mailing 2 simple parcels. Firstly the building is messy and dirty. It looks like a developing country's office. Secondly, at 4pm today ( Tuesday) half attended. only a few busy staff up and downstairs.
the machine which you will need to inout all your data into is hidden right in the back corner and isnt that easy to use.
Line didnt move. 40 depressed looking people slowly shuffling. I counted more than half enpty booth on both floors.
Staff tried their best and i ended up doing speed post which worked fine but you have to register the parcel upstairs then go down again...
In total an hour and it wasnt even rush hour.
The branches at Wyndham and Connaught are much better- theres someone as you come in at connaught who imediately help confised looking foreigners.
I wasted time and money today.
Good luck at the central branch.
Written 30 November 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,910 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Not a tourist site, but this is a very convenient Post Office to know about because it has long opening hours and is open even on Sundays - very handy if you have a last minute need to send home shopping that simply won’t fit into suitcases.
Built in 1976, it is a squat structure with an austere white exterior, in the Modernist style. It’s not a pretty building but it was never meant to be. It’s very much ‘form follows function’. K.M. Tseng, the local architect said he intended the exterior to be “a truthful expression of what goes on within the concrete walls.”
However the row of arched canopies, the deep-set windows and the two-tiered structure gives it a certain retro style.
An unexpectedly nice touch inside, is an old decorative arch which was saved from the previous Victorian era Post Office before it was demolished. It reads “As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country”.
Interestingly, the Post Office site marks the 1960s coastline. I always find it surprising to see a physical reminder of just how far aggressive land reclamation has reduced the harbour.
Sadly the Post Office’s days are probably numbered. It’s been under threat for some time, with renewed efforts to demolish it being in the news recently. Admittedly it is a prime site and, despite ongoing public resistance, it is earmarked for a high-end commercial block. At this stage, the Post Office will be relocated to Kowloon Bay in 2023.
Written 10 September 2021
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Revell W
Lancaster, CA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
I want to talk about HK Post in general. If you have been shopping in Mong Kok, it's a good bet that you'll be over weight checking in on your flight. And you know what airlines do if you have too much luggage or weight.

Using the HK Post, I've shipped my goodies back to the States at reasonable rates and in some cases they are waiting for me when I get home. In my case it was model kits from the hobby stores. Thanks to agreeable exchange rates and dependable shipping, sending your goods to yourself and gift to friends and make it easier than hauling it all back on the plane and risking high overweight luggage fees.

HK Post also has an office at the airport should you find that you need mail out stuff in case you are over weight. Overall the system is fast and reliable. You can get a special Fast Pac box in three different sizes based on weight. You pay for it and put in what can fit.
Written 23 August 2021
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Lars H
Stockholm, Sweden79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Super friendly and very helpful staff, a bit hard to find on Sundays as it is only a quite obscured entrance below the causeways (no signs at the main entrance)
Written 5 May 2019
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Wandering Traveler
Bridgeboro, GA2,568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
I stumbled on this by accident. I entered it's large and not crowded. English Language signage found the empty stamp line and stopped at the end. The guy said come on. He handled by request for 50 stamps making sure they would be used by 31/12/2017. Price increase in 2018.
Written 4 December 2017
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John Barclay
587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
Lots of stamps for sale here, possibly more than you could ever need on a single visit.

Yes, I would say that if stamps are what you are after then you could do a lot worse than come here.

More stamps than you could shake a stick at.
Written 20 November 2017
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variousart
Hong Kong, China23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
Everyone knows I love the Post Office. I have a PO Box there in the Central District in Hong Kong. It is a little expensive but worth it. It costs about $75 USD per year but I am happy knowing my mail is safe. In Hong Kong, a city of 7-8 million people, there is no zip code system. So many times when I first arrived, I never received mail that was sent to me. Even at my own apartment, I would find other people's mail in my mailbox and I would try to track down the correct recipients.
Also, a benefit of the post office (besides efficiency and friendliness) is that they have lots of little extras they don't mind sharing like glue, tape, scissors and string. They have little water sponges so you don't have to lick stamps.
I did notice a sign at my PO Box recently that warned people not to eat, drink, read, hang around or use their electrical sockets. Apparently, people were feeling quite comfortable at the Post Office and making themselves at home. I guess that is why I love it! Don't get me started on post offices in the USA. Why are they so cranky? Needless to say, I don't think anyone has gone "postal" in Hong Kong. So why not drop by and pick up some decorative stamps for a souvenir for yourself or family and friends? Or, send someone a package as an excuse to use all their goodies. It is part of the service there at the Central Post Office. I think you will like it!
Written 15 June 2017
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Tomberra
Hong Kong, China1,007 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Their service is excellent. The cost are reasonable the speed is fantastic.

Other nations in Asia should learn from them and especially the so called western world, where in many countries the service is lousy and the cost of using them is ridiculous totally overpriced and slow.
Written 28 May 2017
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Quack H
HONG KONG2,701 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
It is conveniently located in Central just next to IFC. I sometimes mail my letters and post cards at the General Post Office.
Written 13 June 2016
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ClosSinde
New York City, NY171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Business
Very Helpful Staff who make mailing articles back to the States Easy. Be on the lookout for the special slot near the Retail stands and they will adore your mailings with the official HK Post Seal.
Written 28 May 2016
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