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PS 'Gwu lo' is roughly how '古老' sounds in Cantonese. It means 'ancient' or 'old-fashioned'.

Marina House [1935-1980]

15-19, Queen's Road Central.

Some notes I've found about this building:

1935. The 3rd Dec edition of the HK Telegraph reports that Marina House is complete:

"With every modern convenience and imposing in design, the new building next to the Hongkong Hotel in Queen's Road Central, to be called "Marina House", is now completed and will be ready for tenants to move in on January 1, 1936. Read more »

Which piece of land in Hong Kong has been re-developed most often?

Here's the plot we've been looking at recently, which currently has it's fourth-generation building under construction: Read more »

How to use gwulo.com to find old Hong Kong friends and photos?

I received this question by e-mail, and with Peter's permission have copied it here:

Dear David,

I have just subscribed to Gwulo. I would like to find out if any other subscribers went to the Peak School and/or lived at Peak Mansions during the late 50s and early 60s, and if they have any photos. I am not sure how to go about this or even if your website is designed for this kind of exchange. Any pointers would be much appreciated.

Best wishes, Read more »

Blake Pier (1st generation) [1900-1965]

Blake Pier was built on Connaught Road at the end of Pedder Street, and opened in 1900. The Report of the Director of Public Works for 1900 said: Read more »

United Telegraph Companies' Offices [1898-1948]

The 1910 postcard below describes the building as 'Hong Kong Telegraph Office'. Read more »

Soldier of Fortune (1955)

Soldier of Fortune starring Clark Gable and Susan Hayward is a story about a woman (Hayward) who comes to Hong Kong to look for her missing husband. She ends up reluctantly accepting the help of a local businessman-cum-crook (Gable) to rescue her husband from the clutches of the Communist Chinese on the Mainland.
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Old Hong Kong on Flickr

If you enjoy photos of old Hong Kong, Flickr is a great place to look. But there are so many photos - how to find the good stuff?

Photo pools

If I could only recommend one place to start, it would be  Read more »

Woodside House, above Quarry Bay (1917- ) [1917- ]

The book 'Sustainable development in Hong Kong' gives a brief account of the building's history:

Standing on a hill just outside the border of Tai Tam Country Park, the redbrick, two-storey house was built around 1917 by the trading house Butterfield and Swire for the families of two middle managers. The company operated the Taikoo sugar refinery and dockyard, which were the main industries around Quarry Bay at that time. Read more »

Yu Lok Lane

See it while you can...

This quiet lane of two- and three-storey houses looks like an old village in China. In fact it's on Hong Kong island - but not for much longer! There are eviction notices posted on the houses, and an old lady living here said everyone needs to be out by November.

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Taikoo Ropeway [1891-1932]

This used to run from the Quarry Bay area at the bottom of the hill, up the valley to Quarry Gap.

When the ropeway (another name for 'cable-car') was running, Quarry Bay held the Taikoo Dockyard and Taikoo Sugar Refinery, while Quarry Gap was known as Sanitarium Gap, and was the site of the Taikoo Sanitarium.

When did it run? Read more »

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