1930s Tsim Sha Tsui KCR station, YMCA and Peninsula Hotel

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:31

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Oldtimer (not verified)
Mon, 10/08/2007 - 08:44

Beautiful photo - must have been taken from the air.
Grandma used to take me on her frequent trips to Guangzou our home town. What impressed me were the train bumpers mounted at the very end of the tracks on concrete platform. Each time, the thoughts would come up in the little boy's mind: "This is where the exciting journey starts".

Good to see the place where I was born, and spent a few holidays there when I was a boy in the 50s.  Fond memories of the huge Banyan Trees on the slope of the Marine Police HQ as well as the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread or cakes enmanating from the YMCA kitchen. 

My father was billeted at The Pen immediately after the War.  Upon reuniting with the family, he found that classy old apartment in the neighbourhood, owned by the Hotung Family. Japanese PoWs were sent to clean up the place after it was used by the Kempatei I gathered.  The spacious apartment long hadhardwood floors, two dysfunctional fireplaces, colunms between the living and dining room, two and half baths complete with copper gas water heaters in each over the huge bathtubs with legs... 

At the junction of Ashley Road and Peking Road, turn left and there was a line of Chinese gracery shops; turn right, one would be in the tourist area of TST...