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163-169 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long [????- ]

These are a slightly different style from the shophouses in Kowloon and Hong Kong island. If you look at the end-on photo of these shophouses, you'll see the covered area only extends out over half of the pavement. In Kowloon and Hong Kong it usually covers the whole pavement.

Listed buildings: just three weeks left

The Antiquities & Monuments Office will stop accepting comments on their propsed changes to the listed buildings on 31 July. So, if you've got anything to say, better get a move on! Their email address is

I sent them this message yesterday, noting that no pillboxes on Hong Kong island, or ARP tunnels were included:

Tank markings, emblems, and numbers

The tanks in Fred's photos all have a set of markings painted on the front and back. As an example, here's the front of the Comet tank at the Museum of Coastal Defence:

Mystery Tunnel in Hong Kong Cemetery [????- ]

During May's visit to Hong Kong Cemetery, Patricia pointed out this, which looks like a tunnel entrance:

Mystery Tunnel in Hong Kong Cemetery

S.S. Hai-Ching

One of Forman's photos shows the steamship Hai-Ching (also written 'Haiching'), likely standing at one of the piers along Connaught Road. The ship was owned by the Douglas Steamship Company, Ltd., though in 1940 it would be requisitioned by the UK government for wartime service.


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