When: A hot summer's day in 1969 .
Who: The man on the left looks a bit over-dressed, but the others are ready for the beach:
I guess they've just got off a bus. The Aberdeen tunnel wouldn't open until 1982, so how did buses get here from the north of the island? Did they take the coast road via Pok Fu Lam, or drive over Wong Nai Chung gap?
Where: We're at Repulse Bay. You can see the photographer is looking down from above the street. He is up in the grounds of the Repulse Bay Hotel.
What: Down on the beach stands the Seaview building . It's still there today, and celebrates its 60th birthday this year.
In fact lots of things from this photo are still around. Here's a similar view today:
The staircase is still there, and looks a bit smarter today with a fresh coat of paint. What else is there that's still in the same place?
- 1 bus stop
- 1 lamp post, and
- 2 litter bins!
Some things have changed, of course. Beyond the lamp post, this grand building was still standing in 1969:
It was Eucliffe , one of Eu Tong-Sen's "castles".
Finally a change we can all be grateful for: advances in air-conditioning on public buses. Here is the cutting-edge cooling technology in 1969:
If you have any old beach photos from Hong Kong, I'd enjoy seeing them. Here's how to upload a photo to Gwulo: http://gwulo.com/node/2076
PS The Observatory website says it is currently 33-degrees C, so I hope you've found a cool spot to escape the heat.
Also on Gwulo.com this week:
More chapters from Betty Steel's memoir:
- This photo is scanned from a slide. The processing date, "AUG69", is stamped on the cardboard mount.
- Sea View, 16 Beach Road: http://gwulo.com/node/19856
- Eucliffe: http://gwulo.com/node/3828