Created By: Hong Kong Baptist University
Our second stop, the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong Bridges Street Centre is located on Sheung Wan Bridges Street. It was the headquarter of the Association until 1966. The Centre was declared a Grade 1 Historic Building in 2009. The Centre now provides rehabilitation services for mentally disabled people as well as sports and recreation services.
The original headquarter of the Association was in a residential building on Central Des Voeux Road. The Bridges Street Centre was built in 1918 due to the rapid growth of the members and staff.
YMCA is a world Christian movement with a Paris Basis as the mission that “The Young Men’s Christian Associations seek to unite those young men who, regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour, according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be His disciples in their faith and in their life, and to associate their efforts for the extension of His Kingdom amongst young men.”
Based on the same mission, the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong was established in 1901. The objective and purpose were stated as “the development of Christian character and the cultivation of the Christian spirit of service among young men, in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ.”
This point of interest is part of the tour: Sheung Wan Walking Tour