Pagoda close up.JPG | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Pagoda close up.JPG

Pagoda close up.JPG

Okay okay - we are coming to the end of Roland Brooks' "round robin". Thank you for bearing with me! 

Having gone, it would appear, anti clockwise from Kowloon Hospital :

watched an Atlas plane at Kai Tak load up and take off - passed high above some Coastal villages - saw a train crossing to Kowloon - and an old stone footbridge - passed through a town with several coveered trucks (army type?) - passed some Chinese women with baskets crossing a bridge - went to a border crossing (perhaps) with barricade and Union Jack and some 'official' building alongside with high barricade fencing and also Union Jack - then to a town where people were operating a pump into a channel - then he passed a tall pagoda !

This is another frame 49-24-23 of the pagoda - more close up - also with this frame is a frame showing a stone arch on the far right of the pagoda - see frame 49-19-06.


Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Wednesday, February 25, 1948


Hi There,

We may have a match of the house (and the tree in front of it).  After digging for quite a while, I found an aerial photo in HKU's DigitalRepository.   According to the HKU site the photo was taken back in the early 1980s in Lam Tei, Tuen Mun area.  The subject was Miu Fat Monastary there.  In the photo, please take a look at the big house on the left.  The shape of the house is very much the same as the one seen above.  If only the film was in better focus.

Unfortunately the photo in HKU's site did not show anything further left or we could have confirm if there was in fact a pagoda there.  More reference from another thread


lamtei_liyuen.jpg, by tngan

Hi T

When you examine the house/building on the colour aerial photo you've provided, you can see that it has features that can also be discerned on Suzie's screen capture above - in particular the window apertures appear to match exactly (a small one and a larger arched one etc). I think the combination of this, coupled with the match of the hillsides to the rear as well as the garden gate (which still remains) looks to me like you have definitely found the correct location. The pagoda on the b&w image is a bit harder to make out but I think it's there, and of course its position relative to the house and gate all fit. You can also make out the perimeter wall on the above b&w aerial image.

I found this image from 1973 (click link below) that you can *just* make out the pagoda on.