In the heart of the chaos of central Hong Kong can be found the Central – Mid-Levels Escalator system, the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system, stretching for over 800 meters and rising 135 meters through the streets of a steep hillside linking these districts of Hong Kong Island. Along this extensive escalator system I was surprised to find a hidden gem – the Jamia Mosque.
The Jamia Mosque [些利街清真寺] is the oldest mosque in Hong Kong. The neighboring streets Mosque Street and Mosque Junction are named after this mosque. The mosque was built in 1890 on a piece of land leased by the British Hong Kong government. The treaty for the land was granted in 1850. Initially, the mosque was named the Mohammedan Mosque and after World War II the mosque was renamed the Jamia Mosque.
Multicultural cities such as Hong Kong are truly gems of diversity, and as such often harbor these hidden treasures. You can find them if you just avoid the normal tourist traps!