Old Hong Kong Photos and The Tales They Tell, Volume 4

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 10/25/2020 - 12:05
Gwulo book - Volume 4 - front cover


Price: HK$168

Additional information

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. [The recent website upgrade means the online store isn't working at the moment, but if you send me an email at david@gwulo.com and let me know which books you'd like to order, I'll be happy to take care of it.] 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, Volume 4, or any combination - for delivery to the same address.

  2. Buy in a bookstore: Hong Kong customers can find Gwulo's books in branches of these local bookstores.

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


Book details:

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

ISBN: 9789887827634

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!

Revisit old Hong Kong through this book’s collection of rare photos, many of them over 100 years old. Then join David to explore the photos’ details, and so discover their hidden stories: the women who toiled up the Peak’s slopes each day, carrying heavy loads of bricks and coal on their shoulders, buried treasure still waiting to be found, Kowloon’s vanishing hills, and many more.

David runs the award-winning local history website Gwulo, home to over 25,000 photos of old Hong Kong.



After three great strolls down memory lane, this fourth volume provides not only a superb telescope into yesteryear, but through David’s commentary, allows the images to jump off the page and really come to life. A must read for anyone who is interested in the storied history of Hong Kong and the people that helped shape it.

Helen Tinsley,
 Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong



Ever wondered why a photographer took a picture of some building or landscape when it looks so dull? Then you need David Bellis to weave his magic and pull out the photo’s stories of lost times, long-gone people and half-forgotten events. Join David on a fascinating journey that links Hong Kong’s past with its present.

Patricia O'Sullivan, 
Author of Women, Crime and the Courts: Hong Kong 1841-1941


Gwulo book - Volume 4 - back cover


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