Kai Tak Airport development-hill clearance profiles.jpg

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 18:55

This image is related to the  recent 1950s aerial view of Kowloon north.

In that image are three prominent white tower blocks above Boundary Street on the right. These belonged to HSBC and were demolished along with the adjacent hillsides for the new runway at Kai Tak. HSBC were given alternative land which may have been at Beacon Hill as I seem to recall Luso Apartments in Warwick Road was an HSBC staff complex in the 1960-70s. The flattened hills became Kowloon Tsai Park and Lok Fu Park

Date picture taken
15 Jun 1955


Yes, being under the flight path, the 3 tower blocks in this post and from the 1950s Kowloon Tong aerial photo were knocked down in 1957 (?)  for the construction of the reclaimed single runway at Kai Tak, leaving only Checkerboard Hill as a prominent landmark.Luso Apartments up at Beacon Hill were occupied by local and Portuguese HSBC staff. Very spacious and quiet surroundings.