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48, Ho Man Tin Hill Road

48, Ho Man Tin Hill Road

Photo courtesy of Bruce Gordon. He lived there with his family in 1949.

Thanks to Bruce, and to Vanessa for sending it.

Does anyone know where "48, Ho Man Tin Hill Road" address would be today? I can't find it in the government map website.

Regards, David

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Saturday, January 1, 1949


Initially I was gonna guess that we are looking towards the east from the hill that is currently Oi Man Estate/Chun Man Court.  But then I saw the hills in the background which made me think we are looking northerly.  (BTW, is one of those hills in the background the one with the "checkerboard" for airplane landing purposes?)

If so, could the ditch below is present-day Wylie Road / East Rail line, so this could actually be Ho Man Tin Street, which leads up to Ho Man Tin Hill Road?  FYI, No. 42-50 Ho Man Tin Street is now called Manchester Court (built in 1990).

Thanks for the extra information. I don't know that area well enough to add anything, but here are some photos showing that area that might help.

An aerial view of the area in 1964:

Cherry Hill Lodge-Homantin Hill Road

Looking northeast from Kings Park in the 1950s:

Railway bridge at Waterloo Rd. from King's Park

And looking north (railway line on the left) in the late 1940s:

Homantin Street Kowloon 1946

Regards, David

To compliment the aerial view of the same area.

Ho Man Tin Hill Road

The building number seems to be a bit high. Living on that road from the early 1970s onwards I do not recall such a high number. Especially as the road would have been much shorter in the period of the picture. The road originally dropped down into Nairn Road near the loop road into petrol stations, ie Princess Margaret Road, and was extended down to exit into Wylie Road later when the villas/mansions started to be redeveloped. However, the whole area has changed vastly over the years, except possibly Homantin Street running by the railway.

Oh now I'm lost... is that Princess Margaret Road/Nairn Road or Ho Man Tin Street below we are looking at?  Or could this be some other hill?  Kadoorie Hill?

Chi Man Road and nirns Road became Pincess Margaret road. Kadoorie Ave is to the top of the map

I was talking about the ditch/road below the house in the photo.... I wasn't sure which road it should be, or even if it should be some other hill in the area.

Hi David,

You likely have to lookup some older maps of the 1950's.  Maybe the house was not on the road side but the numbering was adhered to Ho Man Tin Hill Road?  

Thanks & Best Regards,


Here's a map of the area in 1956, but no road numbers unfortunately:


I live on Ho Man Tin Street since childhood.  I'm so pleased to see this discussion and learn about the history of the neighbourhood where I grew up.

After studying the photos and maps, I have a different idea.  The place in David's photo looks like the intersection of Ho Man Tin Hill Road and the dead end road near the top of the hill. The photo might have been taken from the other side of Princess Margaret Road (Nairn Road). I suspect the house in the photo is located at where Man Tin Court is today, which is 6 Ho Man Tin Hill Road. And the trees on the left is where later became the staff quarters of CLP Power (demolished, now 15 Homantin Hill)

I guess the street number could have meant "4-8 Ho Man Tin Hill Road" instead of 48?