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Here you'll find over 50,000 pages about old Hong Kong to explore, including over 30,000 photos. The content is added by a friendly community of people who enjoy sharing what we know about Hong Kong's history, and you are very welcome to join us.

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A Travel of Hong Kong Mainland Defence Ruins (World War II) - further information

Submitted by David on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 13:42

Here's a place to find / add further information related to the above book. Scroll down to see a list of the Routes from the book, click on the one you are interested in.

The book

The book gives a series of walks through the New Territories, each accompanied by a map, lots of photos, and further information. You can approach it as a hiking guide-book - each route takes you through an interesting part of Hong Kong's countryside. But if you'd like to see some of the remains of Hong Kong's wartime history you'll find them especially interesting.

When were the Harrison Forman photos taken?

Submitted by David on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 09:00

The library records for these photos show the date of each photograph as 'circa 1941'. We now believe the photos were taken in at least two batches: one during Sep - Nov 1940, and one in Sep 1941.

Raymond Lo has helped us pinpoint the dates for several photos, based on cinema advertisments that can be seen. The first group date the photos between Sep - Nov 1940:

A better way to locate photos

Submitted by David on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 22:18

We've made some changes so that it's easier to give photos a location. That in turn will make it easier to search for photos that you are interested in.

What it is

If you look at a photo (the software we use to run this site calls them 'images'), you'll now see a new section 'Places shown in this photo:'. And, ta-da, it is followed by a list of the places you can see in the photo.

Similarly, if you look at a place, you'll see a new section 'Photos that show this place', which ... well, you know already.

Martin Booth's 'Golden Boy' : Further information

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 20:53

If you enjoyed reading Martin Booth's memoir, Golden Boy (published as 'Gweilo' in some markets), here is a place to find & contribute extra information about the places and lifestyle he describes. We've divided it by chapter, so just click on the chapter you're interested in for more information.

Extra notes for contributors:

The quickest way to add some information about one of the chapters is to click on the chapter from the list below, then click the 'add new comment' link.

Looking for pillbox #72

Submitted by David on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 09:00

Monday's walk was one of those 'it's the journey, not the destination' outings. In theory I was going to find the location of pillbox 72, but in any case it was lovely weather, and a good excuse to scramble over some rocks.

The map we've been using shows pillbox 72 on the coastline, somewhere between Jubilee Battery and Kennedy Town. Last weekend we took a ferry to Lamma, so I used the chance to take some photos of this section of the coastline. It's the view as you pass through Sulphur Channel, between HK Island and Green Island.