Submitted by David on Mon, 2016-02-08 12:34
Gung hei fat choy!
Over to a couple of contributors for memories of Chinese New Year in the late 1970s. First a photo from Cliff, showing the old HSBC building, decorated for the occasion:
Then Kirstin, who lived in Stanley at the time, describes the celebrations there:
... all the shops had new <Read more ...>
Submitted by David on Sun, 2016-01-31 18:00
When: A couple of clues say this photo was taken not long after the end of WW2. First there's the blotchy appearance of the Peninsula Hotel, still wearing the camouflage paint applied during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
Second are these masts sticking up from the sea, and what looks like a salvage boat working next to it. The masts belonged to one of the many ships sunk by American bombers during the war.
Other clues for the date are the two Royal Navy C-class destroyers.
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Submitted by David on Sun, 2016-01-24 17:00
Yesterday I wrote there was a strong chance of frost during the current cold spell. The Observatory website showed the temperature at the Peak had already dropped below zero this morning, so off we went to take a look.
Walking up Old Peak Road I didn't see any signs of frost or ice - til I nearly slipped over on a sheet of ice! Freezing rain had turned the steps up to the Peak Tower into a mini ice rink. As is often the case, once we knew what we were looking for we could see it everywhere. Here's ice coating the wall up to the Peak Tower:
And turning round we could see icicles hanging from <Read more ...>
Submitted by David on Sat, 2016-01-23 18:00
In one of Martyn Gregory's old photo albums a couple of photos show the destruction of this powerful typhoon, and a folded, yellowed slip of newspaper describes the event. All are reproduced here with Martyn's kind permission.
The first photo shows several sunken ships and the ruined piers and sea-wall between Central and Sheung Wan. The large building on the right in the distance is the City Hall.
North-China Daily News
[ISSUED TO SUBSCRIBERS.]
TUESDAY, 29th SEPTEMBER, 1874.
TERRIFIC TYPHOON AT HONGKONG.
IMMENSE LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY.
(Abridged from “Daily Press.")
It is our painful duty to record one of the most appalling disasters that has ever happened in this Colony. A typhoon of unprecedented violence raged in this neighbourhood on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning last.
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Submitted by David on Mon, 2016-01-11 22:00
Where: We're looking out over Wanchai, with Kellett Island and North Point in the distance:
The main roads in the photo are the two parallel lines shown here: <Read more ...>