Old Hong Kong Photos and The Tales They Tell, Volume 2 | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Shipping Gwulo's books - delays due to Coronavirus

Update for 1 Sep 2020. Delivery to a Hong Kong address is just about back to normal, and typically takes 1-3 working days.

Airmail delivery from Hong Kong to overseas addresses has been restored to more countries:

  • UK: Airmail service has resumed, but the quickest way to order is from Amazon.co.uk, as they have stock locally
  • USA: Airmail service has resumed, but the quickest way to order is fromAmazon.com as they have stock locally

For other countries, please see HK Post's latest announcement to find out if airmail is available to your country. If airmail isn't available, your order will be sent to you by surface mail. Recent orders sent by surface mail took seven weeks to reach Australia or New Zealand, and ten weeks to countries in Europe.

Old Hong Kong Photos and The Tales They Tell, Volume 2

Gwulo book - Volume 2 - Front cover

Price & how to buy


The Gwulo book is available to buy online, or in local book stores:

  1. Buy online here at Gwulo.com: click the Buy this button above to order online and have the book mailed to you. Local and international orders welcome.

    Shipping within Hong Kong is free of charge, and shipping to other countries is by airmail. You'll be shown the shipping cost during checkout, before you confirm your order.

    SPECIAL OFFER: International customers get FREE SHIPPING if you order two or more copies of the Gwulo books - Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, or any combination - for delivery to the same address. (Just click the Buy this button again if you want to order an extra copy.)

  2. Buy in a bookstore: Hong Kong customers can find Gwulo's books in branches of Bleak House Books / Blue Lotus Gallery / Bookazine / Chung Hwa Book Co. (with branches at the airport) / Commercial Press / HK Maritime Museum Gift Shop / Joint Publishing / St John's Cathedral BookstoreVibe Book and Music Shop

  3. Buy online at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk (affiliate links*).

More information

The book is a 112-page paperback, with a page size of 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 inches.

ISBN: 9789887827610

To take a closer look, please click here to download a PDF sample of photos and stories from the book.

From the back cover:

Not your typical photo book!

David puts more of his favourite old Hong Kong photos under the magnifying glass, revealing the photos’ secrets, and uncovering their hidden stories. Flying Italian miners, and the most beautiful woman you’ll never see are just two of the surprises in store for you.

David runs the popular local history website Gwulo, home to over 15,000 photographs of old Hong Kong.

Reviews of Volume 1

Wonderful memories of my childhood were refreshed as the photos and stories brought to mind similar events. (Robert, Goodreads)

Eye for detail marks out Bellis’s book from the pack. (Adam Wright, SCMP)

Bellis gives us “old” Hong Kong as it actually was, and reveals more hidden stories in the collection than just the rat-bins. (John Butler, Asian Review of Books)

This is an example of Bellis’s deft way of story-telling. (May Holdsworth, Journal of the HK Branch of the RAS)



Gwulo book - Volume 2 - Back cover


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