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Pokfulam's Inverted Siphons

I've got another 'old Hong Kong waterworks' puzzle for this week's newsletter. Unlike the recent pouring pipe mystery, this one took much longer to solve. It all started around ten years ago, back in a time of tadpoles.



Looking for tadpoles, finding pillars

When our daughters were younger, an annual ritual each April / May was to go looking for tadpoles. We'd take a jam jar's worth home, enjoy watching them grow into baby toads, then take them back to their stream and let them go.

The path to the tadpoles passes these two old pillars, made from granite blocks and standing unused in the centre of the stream.

Pillars below the Pokfulam conduit
The pillars in 2014


What were they built for?

A little further uphill the path crosses the

New on Gwulo: 2021, week 18

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1903 Map of Kowloon

1903 Kowloon City


The latest addition to Gwulo's collection of maps is one of Kowloon from 1903.

If we compare its view of Tsim Sha Tsui with a couple of other maps on Gwulo, it seems this is a poor addition to the site, looking rather smudged, and without much text to tell us what we're looking at:

New on Gwulo: 2021, week 16

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Women at work in the 1930s

We previously looked at photos of men at work, this week it's the women's turn.


Woman carrying baskets of coal


What: This lady is surrounded by coal, with mounds of loose coal behind her, large baskets of coal on the left of the photo, and smaller baskets in the foreground. She is using a


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