A stroll through Cheung Chau's history

Last weekend I joined a couple of friends for a wander around Cheung Chau. As the ferry pulled in to the bay, we noticed the boatyards across on the north shore:

Boat yards at Cheung Chau

They reminded us of the boatyards in this 1930s photo of Cheung Chau:

c.1930 Cheung Chau

So, something to take a closer look at. The first stop though, was to see this

c.1922 View of Hong Kong from the harbour

c.1922 View of Hong Kong from the harbour

Where: Hong Kong island as seen from the harbour. I've been tidying up this photo to use it in my next talk in November. One sequence looks at how this view has changed over the years, with the new photo following a similar view from 1906:

1906 View of Hong Kong from the harbour

What: So what did change? Let's start at the top and work our way down:

1957-8: Andrew Suddaby's photos

Thanks to Andrew Suddaby for uploading over 200 of his photos showing Hong Kong in 1957-8:

Central, Connaught Road and Law courts

Over to Andrew ...

An amazing year in Hong Kong

In 1957 I was half way through my National Service in the Royal Air Force. I’d spent the first year living in bleak wooden huts on various camps in England, but now I was bound for Hong Kong.  It’s strange to recall but I even had to look up ‘Hong Kong’ in an atlas to find out where I would be spending the last year of my National Service.  It wouldn’t be on yet another wooden-hutted camp in some remote and boring area of Britain; it would be to the exotic and mysterious Far East.  Yes, in the 1950s Hong Kong was still both.

The end of October 1957 saw me going abroad for the first time and flying for the first time in a wonderful if somewhat noisy B.O.A.C. Argonaut.  Three and a half days later it landed on

Sailing Junks around Hong Kong

This email arrived on Monday:

... we are looking for any arresting photo that one might want to frame and hang on a wall of a junk with or without the city in background that could be printed vertically in the size 8 x 10. If you send some examples that'd be great.

Easy, right? Junks are iconic images of Hong Kong so let me just turn to Gwulo's catalogue which ... has nothing suitable at all. Oops.

After a quick search through my collection, I've added these four photos, taken in the 1950s. First is my favourite, also the oldest:

c.1950 Sailing Junk in harbour off Sheung Wan

In the background are Sheung Wan and mid-levels. You can get your bearings by looking for the

1960s: Views along the tram line

Join us for a tram ride eastwards across Hong Kong island. You can click any of the photos below to see other readers' comments, and / or leave your own.


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