Greetings. This is one, may I suggest, nostalgic and romantic landscape of the old Kowloon. The person who posted this photo on the internet did an amazing job in determining the vantage point to scan the distant hills. The inundated area on the right must be the current Mong Kok district. Under sea water, or after a heavy rain storm? The farms and tranquility, oh, how this land has changed!
Here are the author's notes translated from Chinese corresponding to the letters on the photo:
1. This photo was taken at about the present 207-209 Tai Nam Street near Lai Chi Kok Road, Sham Shui Po, where there was once a hill 77 metres above sea level.
2. Using the 1904 map, a point of reference, marked "X", was established at the small hill 88 metres high corresponding to the current 120-124 Apliu Street address, a line of sight was drawn for each of the followings:
Point A: Woh Chai Hill 窩仔山, elevation 264 metres. (Its foothill on the camera's side would be the present Tai Po Road / Nathan Road)
Point B: 飛鵝山 Fei Ngo Shan / Kowloon Peak 602 metres.
Pont C: a hill at elevation 216 m about the site of the present Osmanthus Road, about a few hundred metres further east from Woh Chai Hill.
Point D: 上托 (no English name has been identified, this hill would be east of Fei Ngo Shan going on Clear Water Bay Road.
The layout of the farm houses was such that they face south - a preference, a necessity that they over look the farms, and back onto tall vegetations for protection from northern wind. There was likely a duck farm at one time hence the spot later was named Apliu Street.
Comments and corrections including the date of the photo would be much appreciated.
Photo source: uwants.com - post #1536 by x215137 - http://www.uwants.com/viewthread.php?tid=14833421&page=103#pid210654488