Birds Bridge [c.1883- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Birds Bridge [c.1883- ]

Current condition: 
In use
Date Place completed: 
c.1883-12-31 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

Any ideas why it is called Birds Bridge?

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Tenders asked for November 1882

Source

Thanks for that. I'll guess it was built in 1883, allowing a few months for the contract to be awarded then the work done the following year.

Reagrds, David

I live right above this bridge and recently learnt from Taxi drivers that this is called the "Birds bridge" (in Cantonese). What is the history behind this bridge? There is also a building across the road dated 1941 I think, does this building bare any significance besides being a beautiful antique? 

Some information here in Para 3.4

I only found 2 possible stories while wildly searching online:

  1. It was names so because in the 30s it was a popular marketplace for birds trading
  2. Or, the area didn't see huge development because of the vicinity of the seaman's hospital / lock hospital (special hospital for treating STD), so lots of big old trees remains, and huge flocks of birds would return to their nests on these trees, hence named.