Sketched Map of Tsim Sha Tsui, 1930s or 1940s

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 21:49

Map of TST area, but of unknown date.  My guess is 1930s or 1940s.  It is the map on the back of  a Tailor shop's promotion leaflet.  Who be happy if someone can date this more accurately.

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vanessa (not verified)
Mon, 10/25/2010 - 00:18

what's the name/address of the tailor's?  it doesn't seem to be marked on the map.  i collect these calling cards and i have several with a similar crude map of kowloon dating from the 30s on

Hi there,

My observations:

1.   No mention of Chungking Market;

2.  No mention of Merlin Hotel and instead Kowloon Hotel was marked there;

3.  A Chad.... something Hotel in the location of the Marco Polo Hotel (or present day Kowloon Hotel); have to rotate and enlarge a bit but still couldn't read clearly;

4.  There was a Harbour View Hotel marked at Mody & Chatham;

5.  Empress Lodge marked on Mody Road

6.  Definitely pre-modern day Star Ferry pier;

My 2 cents,



Any chance you can read the name of the hotel next to the Kowloon Hotel, and let us know the name. That, together with the Palace Hotel might help date it.

AsThomas mentions, no sign of Chungking Arcade, which was finished in 1941. It's round shape was very ovbvious - you can see it on this 1958 map:

1950s TST Street Map

Another clue is the short Salisbury Avenue, which is now called Hau Fook Street. I wonder when the name changed?

Greg, Kimberley Street isn't there on a 1947 map, but is there on a 1964 map, so somewhere between those dates. It's where I lived when I first arrived in Hong Kong in 1989. I rented a room in a flat there. I think it was a four-storey building - it's been demolished since.

Regards, David