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Woodside House, above Quarry Bay [1924- ]

Submitted by David on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 15:51

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 ((actually built in the early 1920s, see comments below)) 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.

Yu Lok Lane [????- ]

Submitted by Admin on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 13:04

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.

Military land around High West

Submitted by David on Mon, 08/24/2009 - 23:40

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.

The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

Submitted by philk on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 23:26

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)