The Beatles in Hong Kong - 8th June, 1964

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 07:42

John Lennon

Paul McCartney

George Harrison


President Hotel, Nathan Road

The Beatles signed this for Wes Epae, 50 years ago on the 8th of June, 1964. 

Wes was a

member of a New Zealand band, the Maori Hi-Five. The band was the one of the supporting acts for the Beatles' shows at the Princess Theatre the next day. When Wes visited the Beatles in their hotel suite at the President Hotel, he asked for their autographs. The nearest piece of paper was this sheet of hotel stationery....

Soon after, Wes passed the paper as a gift to Pixie Monteiro, his future wife. At the time she was an entertainer and model based in Singapore, and coincidentally would also meet the Beatles.

From Hong Kong the Beatles traveled on to Australia and New Zealand, then returned to England with a re-fuelling stop at Singapore. The Singaporean government asked Pixie, on behalf of the people of Singapore, to go on to The Beatles’ plane to present them with songkoks, a cap worn in Singapore and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Later that year Wes and Pixie married, but subsequently divorced. Pixie has since re-married and is now known as Linda Weisser. She has kept this paper safe for close to fifty years, only recently deciding to sell it. It is now part of local collector Roy Delbyck's collection.

If you were in Hong Kong when the Beatles visited, do you have any memories or memorabilia you can share?

Regards, David

Thanks to local collector Roy Delbyck for showing this item from his collection, and explaining its background. Roy has an interesting assortment of books, documents and other memorabilia related to Hong Kong and China, and would like to hear from readers with similar interests. If you'd like to contact Roy, please send me an email and I'll forward it to him. 

Where was Ringo?

Ringo was sick and had to miss the Hong Kong shows, so Jimmy Nichol was hired to play drums in his place. Once Ringo recovered he rejoined the tour in Australia.

Media clips

Video of the Beatles' flight to Hong Kong and their time in Hong Kong:

Press conference in Hong Kong:

Interview in Australia, discussing their time in Hong Kong:

The President Hotel:

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 21:21
1960s President Hotel
Date picture taken
1 Jun 1962


Hi there,

It was on the opposite side of Swindon.  Actually the former Hyatt Regency was demolished just a few years ago and in its place now stood an awkward shopping arcade called i-square.  It is really quite a 'square' place with so many escalators and passages.  Maybe it's just me, I don't like its layout.

Best Regards,


postcard of lock road ramp of the president/hyatt.  this was used by tourist buses and delivery trucks.  the door led into the back of the lobby with the seating area and coffee shop!/photo…

front and side of the hotel  probably taken from chungking mans!/photo…

selection of matchboxes from the hyatt

philk - as you may have gathered too, fb is my preferred site for uploading images (just so easy to do).  also you don't have to be a fb member to visualise the links as i have removed all the privacy settings.  maybe when gwulo makes it as simple, i will do the same - cheers

Hi Vanessa, I can't seem to do it, it just keeps telling me I need to login. No worries, I'll try badger someone with an FB account to let me have a peek. Cheers Phil

The Princess Theatre:

Elsewhere on this week:

Date picture taken
8 Jun 1964


I am a history research student in the University of Hong Kong.I am currently also preparing a research project about the youth cultures in Hong Kong in the sixties, in which the Beatles visit to Hong Kong will be a central part of my research. As a result, I am also looking for materials and people that is related to the Beatles visit to Hong Kong in 1964. Does anyone have any materials related to that event or do you happen to know anyone that was related to or took part in the event?It would be very valuable for my research and I would be very grateful. Thank you very much for your attention.

I recently came across a sketch that John Lennon did when he visited HK with Yoko Ono and they stayed at the old Hilton hotel. There is someone who live in HK and squired them around HK. Would he be useful to speak with?

Best, Christine Houston




Thanks a lot, Christine. But when did Lennon and Yoko Ono visit Hong Kong?? Was it after Beatles has disbanded? or was it still during the 60s when the Beatles still active?