Appeared in The Graphic, 1887, with the text:
The the extreme left is seen a noble building which constitutes the City Hall, where the public amusements and local entertainments are held. Concert and ballrooms, theatre, museum and library are all under one roof. Adjoining are the new premises of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, with Beaconsfield House and the square tower of the Cathedral in the rear. Government House is visible nestled among the foliage, as is also College Gardens, with the bungalows of some of the merchants far away up the hill.
Victoria Gap is approached from this direction by a good road and the whole range of plateau, east and west from Mount Gough to Victoria Peak, an average altitude of 1,700 feet above sea lever, is occupied with summer residences. Descending the hill again a little to the west is St. Josephs College and on the same road numerous charming bungalows and handsome residences, houses of ease and luxury.
To return to the Praya, the offices of some of the principal merchants occupy the many fine buildings from east to west. The hotels are the ‘Hong Kong’ a princely mansion situated close to the clock tower, and the ‘Victoria’, a comfortable and most central, close to the waters edge.
A coasting steamer of the Douglas Steamship Company is berthed alongside the wharf, and the foreshore is crowded with cargo boats, sampans an other native craft, also a number of steam launches for which Hong Kong builders are specially famous. All this is the work of less than half a century. From a barren rock, with a few fishing villages, Hong Kong has grown under our rule to be the most extensive and prosperous colony, with a population of nearly a quarter of a million inhabitants.
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