Seventies-style Chinese New Year

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:

1979 - Hong Kong Bank

Then Kirstin, who lived in Stanley at the time, describes the celebrations there:

... all the shops had new

c.1946 View over HK harbour from May Road

c.1946 View over HK harbour from May Road

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.

Peninsula with camouflage

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.


Out in the harbour is

Ice at the Peak, January 2016

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

1874 Typhoon

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.

Damage from 1874 typhoon


North-China Daily News






(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.

The weather

c.1928 Praya East Reclamation

c.1928 Praya East Reclamation

Where: We're looking out over Wanchai, with Kellett Island and North Point in the distance:

Kellett Island

The main roads in the photo are the two parallel lines shown here:


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