1960s Hong Kong

Different views of Hong Kong in the 1960s, starting with:

1960s Hong Kong in words

Andrew Craig-Bennett's excellent series about Hong Kong's history includes:

  • Hong Kong in the late Fifties and early Sixties
    The 1960s were probably the defining decade in the formation of the Hong Kong identity as it is today. Read more...
     
  • A note on "Fragrant grease"
    Hong Kong in the Fifties and Sixties, especially the Sixties, was a nest of corruption, springing from the population explosion. There was unmet demand for just about everything, and allocation of resources was an obvious field for corruption. Low Government salaries certainly contributed so far as local officials were concerned, but the Englishmen in the Government service had no such excuse. In fairness to them, though, they were often very fine people in other respects - senior and junior policemen and firemen were often brave, efficient and corrupt at the same time. Read more ...
     
  • More Sixties Stuff
    Expanding public education, riots, "R&R", the Confrontation Tie, and Mainland China's views of British Hong Kong during this time. Read more ...

 

1960s Hong Kong in photos

I've chosen a few favourites to begin with (you can click on any photo to see a larger copy):

 

BOAC Hong Kong poster
Arrive by air

 

1960s Kai Tak Observation Deck
Kai Tak Observation Deck

 

P&O SS Chusan
Or arrive by sea: P&O's SS Chusan, shown berthed at Kowloon Wharf

 

1960s TST Clock Tower
View over the Railway Terminus & Clock Tower towards Central

 

1961 Central banks decorated for Princess Alexandra's visit
Central banks decorated for Princess Alexandra's visit in 1961

 

1960s HSBC
Inside HSBC

 

1960s Traffic Pagoda
Traffic Police Pagoda

 

1960s Hong Kong
Queueing for water

 

196x pic taken at victoria park
Victoria Park playground

 

Repulse Bay Beach-1969
Repulse Bay Beach

 

Fisher-folk Children Sha Tau Kok -1960's
Fisher-folk children at Sha Tau Kok

 

1967 Staunton's Creek
Jam-packed Staunton's Creek, Aberdeen

 

1960s Hong Kong
Bus on Lantau

 

1960s #72 Des Voeux Road Central, Tak Wing Pawn Shop
Taxi & bus on Des Voeux Road Central

 

1960 Gingles Restaurant
Nathan Road, showing Gingles Restaurant

 

1965 Chantecler ad
"Specialising in European and Russian food"

 

Shirley_Bassey-HK.jpg
Shirley Bassey at City Hall

 

1960s Sun Ya Hotel, Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Mong Kok at night

 

For more photos from the 1960s, see

71 years ago: August 1945 and the end is in sight

Seventy-one years ago, our wartime diarists knew the end of the war was in sight. Would they live to see it?

The good news

They had two good reasons to believe the end of the war was coming. First there was

1950: Military sites around Hong Kong

Several of Gwulo's readers first visited Hong Kong on military service, and will remember the sites listed below.

If you can add any photos or memories, they'll be gratefully received.

Regards, David

 

HONG KONG ISLAND.

 

(1) Stanley Fort - Map & Notes, Photos

1997 St. Barbara - Garrison Church of Stanley Fort
1997 St. Barbara - Garrison Church of Stanley Fort, by Moddsey


(2) Cape Collinson Camp - Map & Notes, Photos

 

(3) The War Memorial Hospital - Map & Notes, Photos

1930s War Memorial Hospital
1930s War Memorial Hospital, by Admin

 

(4) The Bowen Road Hospital

"Come and get it!" - the Stanley Camp food queues

Food and hunger are common themes in Hong Kong's wartime diaries. Barbara Anslow wrote this piece in 1944/45, describing the daily food queues in Stanley Camp:


The summons for food is the same as the summons for everything else in the Married Quarters of Stanley Camp  - a raucous clanging on a broken shellcase with a thick stick.  Each set of accommodation blocks has its own particular arrangement for serving;  ours, the Married Quarters, boasts

c.1900 Panorama of Hong Kong

Thanks to Tim Luard and Alison McEwan for sending in this wonderful panorama of Hong Kong:

Panorama of HK

Squinting at this thin gray strip, you're probably wondering what's so wonderful about it! Let's take a closer look at six sections, and all will become clear:

Boxes

From left to right we have:

Houses on the Peak

Where: This first section shows houses on the Peak. The one at the bottom-right corner was

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