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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 »

Military land around High West

Last week I walked along Harlech Road, on the north slope of High West. I'd gone to take a photo of the war department boundary stone #18, which lies just a few feet down the slope below the road.

I'd looked carefully along the road before, but only ever found this one stone. On this day though, I happened to be walking the opposite direction from usual - up instead of down. Maybe that's why I spotted stone #11, a little further up the path, but on the slope above the road. Read more »

The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

This has already been discussed, but I felt it need some photos to add some context. Perhaps we can move the comments in line at some later point?

Some famous sites to spot in this one including the RMS Queen Elizabeth. I believe it has been used, in part, for the Chek Lap Kok reclamation, but I did hear an unconfirmed rumour that there is still a large portion of it where it sank. The submerged superstructures position is supposedly marked by a buoy - can anyone confirm this?

Hong Kong -> Macau ferry (pre-Shun Tak)

Western Market and (pre-flyover) Connaught Road Read more »

A timeline for Hong Kong's buildings

This new feature helps you see how a given location has changed over time.

How to use it

To try it out, please start with the Place for the current HSBC building in Central.

On the right of the screen you'll see a new menu item 'Previously at this location', showing a single option, 'HSBC Headquarters Building (3rd generation)'. Click it, and you're taken to the Place for that building, along with associated notes and photos. Read more »

Enter the Dragon - 1973

I figured I should start off with my favourite film because it's also the film that got me interested in Chinese culture and, ultimately, has led to me being in Hong Kong - albeit indirectly.

It was made in 1973 as a joint production between Golden Harvest and Warner Bros and was the first such international co-production. It cost US$800,000 to make - making it one of the highest grossing films of all time (relative to cost). It was eventually released in August of 1973 and shot Bruce Lee to international stardom, though he had actually already died in July 1973. Read more »

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