Gwulo: Old Hong Kong


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

The Battle Box [????- ]

Nicknamed the 'Battle Box', the armed services underground headquarters was built in the late 1930's, where Pacific Place stands today.

Here's what we know about it so far. It's not much, so if you can add anything, please leave a comment below.

Reader Malcolm Bradbury starts us off. He has kindly emailed us:

Historic Military Buildings in Hong Kong

A surprising amount of Hong Kong's military buildings still exist. Sometimes because they are in out-of-the-way places that noone has thought about redeveloping yet. Sometimes because they are still under the control of the military authorities, and so are out of bound for redevelopment. And a precious few are considered listed buildings, and so are actively protected.

During its time as a British colony, Hong Kong's role as a military base went through several different phases.

Who's the lady in the black & white shoes?

And why did Harrison Forman give her special treatment?

Lady in the black and white shoes

Unsolved mysteries

Readers often leave questions, most of which get answered quickly. But there are always a few that are more difficult to answer.

Here are some of the most stubborn - please can you help answer any of them?

A catalogue of Hong Kong's history

Shall we build one?

We've made a good start: already has 900+ places, 1,800+ photos, and several thousand notes and comments. But recently I've been thinking about how we can keep it growing and improving, and would like to hear your ideas and feedback.


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