First Station/ Tsung Tsin Mission of HK Kau Yan Church
Address/ 97A High Street
The Basel Mission from Switzerland arrived in Hong Kong in 1851, establishing its headquarters and the ‘Sai Kwok Lau’ church on High Street in Sai Ying Pun in 1861. It also founded the Basel Public School in order to promote education for women. Considering the large Hakka population in Sai Ying Pun, the church adopted the Hakka dialect to preach. The church became independent from Basel Mission and established itself as the Tsung Tsin Mission in 1927. In 1931, it rebuilt the Sai Kwok Lau church, which has become today’s Kau Yan Church. As a Grade I historic building, the church nowadays welcomes public visits from 10am to 12pm, 2 to 5pm, on Tuesday through Friday.