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

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:

Gwulo in 2016

Happy New Year!

We reached a new milestone in 2015 - Gwulo now has over 20,000 pages about old Hong Kong, including over 10,000 photos!

I'll go into the numbers in more detail below, and also talk about the plans for the year ahead. But first, a big thank you to everyone who contributed over the year, and helped us reach that milestone. I hope you've all had a good break over Christmas, and are looking forward to the New Year.

Best regards, David

2015 Review

How did the plans for 2015 turn out?

Cool-weather walk #2: High West

This walk has three tunnels, great views, and lots of steps. One to keep for Boxing Day in case you need to walk off the effects of too much Christmas pudding!

Here's the map we'll use. It's part of the Hong Kong island map from the government's Countryside Series:

Map of High West

Pokfield Road Bus Terminus

We'll start off at the Pokfield Road Bus Terminus (marked "A" on the map). Ready for steps?


You'll come to what looks like a flat path with stone slabs.

Pokfulam Conduit

It is actually the old


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