"A57 Chinese funeral"

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 17:37

Commercial slide, labelled as shown in the title, bought in 1960.

Date picture taken


Based on the two vertical signboards as seen on the left side of the photo, the procession was marching along Shanghai Street in the Yaumati area of the Kowloon Peninsula.

On the far left, "雲來大茶室" (or Cloud-coming Teahouse as transliterated in English) was one of the famous teahouses where customers could bring their own "caged birds" with them and the teahouse had fixed some bars across the ceiling where their customers would hang their cages which were usually topped with a hook. The teahouse was closed for business in early 1990s. Before its demolition, the venue has once been used as a shooting location for the local movie "辣手神探" (Hard-boiled) directed by John Woo. This was the last movie directed by John Woo before he left Hong Kong for Hollywood.

Close to the teahouse, one could see another signboard of the well-known bakery shop "奇華禮餅專家" (Kee Wah Bakery) which has now expanded into a large corporation. According to a Wikipedia entry, Kee Wah was initially opened in 1938 by Mr. Wong Ip-wing (transliterated name in English) at No. 320 Shanghai Street in Yaumati as a tuck shop. In 1944, Kee Wah Bakery, with both a shop in the front and a workshop at the back, was opened at No. 480 Shanghai Street.