Buy prints of old Hong Kong photos

XXL-sized Gwulo photo
David with a 1-metre-wide custom enlargement of a 1930 panorama


If you'd like to buy a print of an old Hong Kong photo as a gift or to decorate your home or office, please browse through the catalogue to see the photos we have available, then click here to let me know:

  • which photos you like,
  • the size of print you prefer (Standard is 8x10" @ HK$480, and large is 12x15" @ HK$960. Custom enlargements are available), and
  • where you'd like the prints delivered to (overseas orders are welcome)

I'll reply with all the details.

Customer feedback:

  • David responded to my order quickly and within a week they were ready. All round a very good service and the prints were excellent.
    John H, Hong Kong, 2016

  • Ordering from Gwulo couldn't be easier or more friendly with a personal service provided by David who replied to my email within hours and even hand delivered the photograph to me in order to speed up the process knowing I was in a rush to get it framed in time for a friend’s wedding the very next week. I couldn't be happier with both the efficiency and the fine quality of the print itself.
    Sebastian Fahey, Hong Kong, 2016

  • We've just received the print and we love it!! Thank-you so much, it is perfect. We never would have found it on our own.
    Karen Mc, Hong Kong, 2016

  • Thank you so much for the photos.  Here's how they look after framing:

    Framed photo

    This one is on the wall at my wife's desk.
    Dr. Alec Cooper, Canada, 2016


Also available:



1901. People & boats along the new Praya
1901. People & boats along the new Praya



Digital copies for commercial projects

You've seen Gwulo's photos around Hong Kong already, as they've been used in advertisements, books, exhibitions, interior design for offices and restaurants, etc.

Our photos have been carefully scanned at high-resolution, then digitally restored and made available as 16/48-bit images in Photoshop format to give you full flexibility in how you use them. TIFF and JPEG formats are also available if you prefer.

Please browse through the catalogue to see which images are suitable, then click here to let me know which photographs you're interested in and how you plan to use them in your project. I'll let you know how I can help.



1923 Unveiling the Cenotaph
1923 Unveiling the Cenotaph



Illustrated talks

Not your usual death-by-powerpoint! I'll bring along a selection of my favourite photos, all scanned at high resolution. We'll use a projector and a big screen so we can zoom in to see their hidden details, and I'll tell you all about their stories.

Talks last around 45-50 minutes, then I'm happy to answer as many questions as the audience has to ask.

A typical audience is around 30-50 guests, though I've also given talks to smaller groups for businesses, and to larger groups for clubs. (The current record is 98 - can you help me crack 100?)

Here are outlines of the three talks I currently offer: #1, #2, and #3.

Please click here to contact me to arrange a talk

Feedback from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club:

David Bellis has given three talks at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, each of which has been extremely popular with our members. David has a vast collection of historical photographs which have been painstakingly digitally enhanced and these alone are fascinating material. When you add to these David's in-depth knowledge of Hong Kong history, attention to detail and relaxed yet clear delivery, you are guaranteed a highly enjoyable, informative and interesting evening. I very much hope that David will continue to put together different presentations in the future and would welcome him back at this Club any time.

Linda Davy
Member Relations & Communications Manager
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Feedback from The Helena May:

David Bellis has given 3 talks for The Helena May on Hong Kong's history through using digitally restored and high-resolution old photographs.  By zooming in, it was fascinating to see the hidden details which David used as clues to old Hong Kong's way of life back in the early 1900s.  I especially enjoyed how he weaved personal stories out of these details.  We were invited to contribute any insights into buildings shown and felt we were in a detective story as we shared snippets of information.  I would definitely go to any future talks given by David. 

Ms. Lynn Seymour
Chair of Activities
The Helena May



1920s Nathan Road
1920s Nathan Road



Guns, Graves, and Geckos - a Gwulo guided walk around Mount Davis

The route is a favourite of mine for a morning walk. I've lived around here for over 20 years, and walk it once or twice a week. So after several thousand walks spent looking at things along the way and thinking "I wonder why that's like that...?", it seemed a good idea to share some of the answers!

We'll start at the Pokfield Road bus terminus, head up Pokfulam Road, along Mount Davis Road, and back along Victoria Road to end up at Kennedy Town and the MTR station. As a plain walk it takes less than an hour, but with stops for talking we'll take closer to two hours. Suitable for groups of up to 12 people.

Please click here to contact me for further details.

I look forward to hearing from you,


David Bellis