Kowloon Peninsula with mosque on the beach. Looking west from Blackhead Signal Station = 從訊號山﹝大包米﹞向西眺望九龍半島清真寺 | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Kowloon Peninsula with mosque on the beach. Looking west from Blackhead Signal Station = 從訊號山﹝大包米﹞向西眺望九龍半島清真寺

Kowloon Peninsula with mosque on the beach. Looking west from Blackhead Signal Station = 從訊號山﹝大包米﹞向西眺望九龍半島清真寺

compare to a later photo

Connections: 
  • Kowloon Peninsula with mosque on the beach. Looking west from Blackhead Signal Station = 從訊號山﹝大包米﹞向西眺望九龍半島清真寺 shows Place Signal Hill - Blackhead Point [????- ]
  • Kowloon Peninsula with mosque on the beach. Looking west from Blackhead Signal Station = 從訊號山﹝大包米﹞向西眺望九龍半島清真寺 shows Place Police Station, TST [c.1865-c.1882]

Comments

Please can you delete the current 'Kowloon Mosque' place from this photo? That location is away to the right of this photo.

It's an interesting photo. Any ideas when it was taken? I'm surprised to see the hill behind the Marine Police Station was originally so high - still higher than the building in this photo.

It certainly looks to have been taken several years before this 1886 photo, which shows TST already more built up.

I've put it in because it is the caption on the photo http://hkclweb.hkpl.gov.hk/hkclr2/igateway?svc=ctcvr&hid=1&itemid=2&ss=C... In some history I read, there was a temporary (perhaps matshed) place of worship requested by the Muslim troops before the Kowloon Mosque was built.  Let's leave it here until we find the facts, shall we?  The caption date is 1865, but that is the date on lots of the ISD photos. 

There is something funny about this photo.  I want to know what the large building extreme left is.

Here is another view that is more detailed http://hkclweb.hkpl.gov.hk/hkclr2/object?svc=objrtv&src=CM&itemid=R%249%....

Sorry, I wasn't clear - I meant please delete it from the 'Places shown in this photo' not from the caption, since even if it is a mosque, it will need a different place.

Looking at the more detailed photo, I think that large building extreme left is the mosque. It seems to have the right sort of domes. It would also explain the title of this photo, and might also be behind this jumbled-up note in Wikipedia:

The Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre was first established in 1896, on the site where the Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station now stands.

So was the first Kowloon Mosque was built on the site where the Water Police Station would stand later?

This photo comes from the HK Museum collection, and has the caption:

Police station, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, c.1865-1870.

"the ornate castellated building on the left is the original Police Station"

Hong Kong: a rare photographic record of the 1860s by Arthur Hacker - 1997

I have to say that I can't see how the view can be from near Albany or the Botanic Garden. This has to do with basic triangulation, the apparent angle between Kowloon and Blackhead Points and the 'head on' appearance of the Hung Hom peninsula's west shore. 

My understanding is that the matshed structure on the beach provided swimming changing facilities for rent.

Ian