Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

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Welcome to Gwulo.com, and over 30,000 pages about old Hong Kong.

If it's your first visit, you might like to use the search box at the top of the page to find what you're looking for, check out the latest old photos, or just scroll down to browse through recent articles.

I hope you'll join in too, and share your questions and knowledge with us. Most pages let you leave a comment, it's easy to upload a photo, and the Forum is waiting for you to post a new message.

Finally, if you're interested in Hong Kong history, please stay in touch by signing up for Gwulo's free weekly newsletter.

Kind regards,

David

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

New on Gwulo: 2020, week 26

I've listed some of the recent highlights below, but you can visit the What's New page at any time to see the latest additions to the site.

 

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Gwulo's 2018 Top Ten

A look at ten of the most popular pages that were added to Gwulo in 2018. (I've skipped a couple of duplicates - eg there were three Jurors Lists - which is why we start at #13.)


 

#13 - Francis Parkman Knight (4,572 views)

Follow the investigations into this man's history. The story begins:

I'm looking for any information on Francis Parkman Knight (1831-1880), an American Consulate officer stationed in Newchwang, China in 1862 and died in Shanghai.  I am trying to determine if he is the father of Yuk-Hing Lai (1870-1945), the 2nd wife of Sir Ho Kai (1859-1914).

 

Read about Francis Parkman Knight


 

#12 - British army blockhouses from the early twentieth century (4,711 views)

Rob introduced these little-known military buildings. Today only the stone foundations remain, so they are easily overlooked. But after Rob published this newsletter, readers wrote in with old photos showing what the blockhouses looked like originally.

Blockhouse building in the New Territory
Blockhouse building in the New Territory, by Tim M

 

Gwulo forever: backups and archives

This website holds a lot of valuable information, representing tens of thousands of hours of work. To recreate it would take literally years, and in some cases the information is irreplaceable as the original contributors have already passed away.

As a website is a surprisingly fragile thing, this newsletter looks at some of the steps that are in place to keep the Gwulo's information available for the long term.

 

1. Backups: Coping with short-term damage

The Gwulo website has already broken down several times over the 10+ years since we started due to problems with the server, me making a mistake, or attacks by hackers.

The solution is to

Gwulo's 2017 Top Ten

A look at the most popular pages that appeared on Gwulo in 2017.


 

#10 - UA-Citygate Cinema / UA 東薈城戲院 [2000-2016] (6,729 views)

This is a modern cinema, so you might be surprised to see its page on Gwulo, and in the top ten! The page is part of a larger project to document Hong Kong's cinemas (see #4 below), and I guess it attracted web searchers looking for information after the cinema was closed.

Read about the UA-Citygate Cinema / UA 東薈城戲院 [2000-2016]


 

#9 - Chinese-style baby carriers (孭带) in Hong Kong (6,752 views)

A look at the cloth carriers that adults and older children used, to carry babies.

Fisher-folk Children Sha Tau Kok -1960's
Fisher-folk Children Sha Tau Kok -1960's, by harryhktc

 

Read about Chinese-style baby carriers (孭带) in Hong Kong


 

#8 - How to use the maps on Gwulo (6,785 views)

This short video shows you how to

New on Gwulo: 2020, week 24

I've listed some of the recent highlights below, but you can visit the What's New page at any time to see the latest additions to the site.

 

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