... David: I arrived in Hong Kong from the UK in 1989, stopping over on the way to Australia. I stayed here a couple of months before carrying on, but around two years later I came back again and have been here ever since.
I enjoy reading about old Hong Kong, and trying to find out more about whatever catches my interest. I'm a happy mapaholic, with old photos coming a close second. But lets get on to something more interesting...
... Gwulo.com: Here's how it started - our first history article, from February 2006. Though it wasn't called Gwulo.com yet, instead it appeared on a different website which was a mix of historical and current information about Hong Kong.
A few more articles followed, then a great thing happened - other people joined in. First via the comments, then reader 'moddsey' started sending in old photos related to whatever I was writing about (Thank you!). They are always popular, and turned out to be a great way to attract people to visit the website.
The next lurch forward was the new 'Place' feature. A typical Place is an old building, eg the old Hongkong Hotel. It's part of a key goal for Gwulo.com, that people should only need to write something once. Places are linked to the photos they appear in, so all the notes about that old building are easy to read in one place, instead of scattered across different photos.
Gwulo.com was born in July 2009, when the historical content was spun off from the mixed site I mentioned earlier. The number of visitors, regular readers, and most importantly contributors, has increased steadily since then, with the site adding its 20,000th page in 2015.
We've also been lucky to collect a couple of awards along the way:
- 2013: Gwulo received a Citation from The American Institute of Architects (Hong Kong Chapter) for "raising public awareness and appreciation for the physical and cultural heritage of Hong Kong".
- 2014: I received the Heritage Preservation Award, one of the SCMP's annual "The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards", for my work on Gwulo.
I love reading the daily posts on a wide range of topics, and seeing how different people join in to share what they know and answer readers' questions. I hope you'll enjoy reading them too, and join in by sharing whatever facts & memories you can about old Hong Kong.
PS Any questions about Gwulo.com? Please ask away in the comments below.