Gwulo's 2017 Top Ten
A look at the most popular pages that appeared on Gwulo in 2017.
#10 - UA-Citygate Cinema / UA 東薈城戲院 [2000-2016] (6,729 views)
This is a modern cinema, so you might be surprised to see its page on Gwulo, and in the top ten! The page is part of a larger project to document Hong Kong's cinemas (see #4 below), and I guess it attracted web searchers looking for information after the cinema was closed.
Read about the UA-Citygate Cinema / UA 東薈城戲院 [2000-2016]
#9 - Chinese-style baby carriers (孭带) in Hong Kong (6,752 views)
A look at the cloth carriers that adults and older children used, to carry babies.
#8 - How to use the maps on Gwulo (6,785 views)
This short video shows you how to get the most from the maps on the Gwulo site.
#7 - Started 1923, pg 17-55 (6,824 views)
In 2017 we were working on the 1923 Jurors List. Today we're up to 1934.
#6 - The Repulse Bay Hotel: Hong Kong’s Grand Old Lady (8,642 views)
Written just two years before the original Repulse Bay Hotel was demolished, this article leads readers through some of the highlights of the hotel's history.
#5 - 1945 Map of Hong Kong & Kowloon (9,117 views)
Old maps are a great way to explore old Hong Kong. This one takes you back to just after the end of the war.
Explore the 1945 Map of Hong Kong & Kowloon
#4 - Hong Kong's Cinemas (9,302 views)
Contributor OldTimer has made good use of Gwulo to document as many of Hong Kong's cinemas as possible. His list and map show over 280 cinemas so far, but please leave a comment on that page if you can add any more.
#3 - Old houses of the Kowloon Tong Garden Estate (10,189 views)
Join contributor LizB on a guided walk around Kowloon Tong, you may be surprised by how many of the original buildings still exist.
Go see the Old houses of the Kowloon Tong Garden Estate
#2 - Iron water tank at top of Hong Kong University campus (18,510 views)
This is a good example of the type of page I like to see on Gwulo. It starts off with an observation of something apparently plain but a bit unusual that was seen while out walking, in this case an old rusty water tank at the top of HKU's campus.
In the discussion that follows, it quickly becomes clear that the tank is over 100 years old, originally belonged to the British Army, and is well worth a closer look. Multiple contributors join the discussion, poring over old maps and documents, online and in archives, to find that the tank has only been at its current location since the early 20th-century, but was already in Hong Kong by 1850!
What seemed like a piece of old scrap metal just waiting to be cleared away, is actually a living reminder of several important events in Hong Kong's history.
Read more about the Iron water tank at top of Hong Kong University campus
#1 - Old Hong Kong Photos and The Tales They Tell, Volume 1 (22,736 views)
2017 was the year I published my first book. It shows readers a selection of my favourite photos, and leads them through the investigations to reveal the photos' hidden stories.
If you'd like to see more of the top pages from 2017, here's the full list.