Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 1930s

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 04:02

Lively street scene, with signs reading "Sing Kee Boots & Shoe Maker", "Tung Cheong Co.", "The Rainbow Artistic Goods Store", and many more.

Photo made by Willem Kien, director at Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC), which was Charles Gesner van der Voort’s (1916-1991) employer. The company had offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou (Canton) and Tientsin (Tianjin).

Courtesy Kien family archives

Date picture taken


The direction of the street goes up. Yet there was the silhouette of a mountain in the background (? Victoria Peak). Wellington Street goes in a east-West direction. Should not see the peak!  

Wellington Street slopes gently upwards from Queen’s Road Central, reaches the junction with 擺花街,then goes downwards. The photo could have been taken there, with the photographer facing east, downhill. That would explain the hill in the background. The slopes of Central mid-level, Upper Albert Road, and Botanical Garden  should be in line, if not blocked by buildings between the photographer and the present date D’agular Street, Wyndham Street and Ice House Street.