Old Hong Kong Photos and The Tales They Tell, Volume 3 | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

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Update for 27 July 2020. Post Offices have re-opened from today, but airmail services are still suspended for many countries. Delivery varies depending on where you are ordering from:

  • Hong Kong: no delays
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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 3

Book - front cover of Volume 3.

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 / Hong Kong Book Centre / HK Maritime Museum Gift Shop / Kelly & Walsh / St John's Cathedral Bookstore / Swindon Book Co / Vibe 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: 9789887827627

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!

Grab your flippers, mask, and magnifying glass – Volume 3 is full of old photos of people in, on, under, and around Hong Kong’s famous harbour. Many of the photos are published for the first time, and although they’re old, they are sharp and packed with detail. So join David in uncovering the photos’ secrets, deciphering their stories, and meeting the people of old Hong Kong.

David runs the award-winning local history website Gwulo, home to over 20,000 photos of old Hong Kong.



Spend an hour in David’s company, and you’ll look at old photos with new eyes. His engaging description of a photo’s details sharpens how you yourself look at it, and what was just an old picture becomes an engrossing story.

Hurrah for Volume 3 … and let’s hope for 4, 5 and more!

Stephen Davies,
University of Hong Kong



When David Bellis examines historical photographs of old Hong Kong, he sees things that the rest of us miss. In this new volume of never-before-seen images, accompanied by an informed and lively commentary, the creator of Gwulo.com brings us yet more fascinating stories from Hong Kong’s past.

Peter Cunich (author of Old Hong Kong),
Department of History, University of Hong Kong



Gwulo book - Volume 3 - back cover


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