What was Hong Kong like in the early 1960s and late 1950s?
I want to start by thanking you all for creating such a fascinating and insightful website. My grandmother lived in Hong Kong until she moved to England in 1960 or 61 when she was 20. She has been back to HK many times for holidays, but laments that she wishes she had stayed there. Of course I don’t mention that I wouldn’t have been born if she had stayed (I’m half Chinese and half white British)!
I am researching about old Hong Kong. I was just wondering if I could ask you a few questions that would help with my research. My grandma has told me some fascinating stories, but she is quite vague about certain details.
- What was travel like in the early 1960s? As in travelling from HK to England? She is Chinese, but her and her husband were educated professionals. Were different races permitted to travel together?
- What was accommodation like in HK? I understand it was very overcrowded, especially in tenements for refugees. It appears that white people had far nicer homes. What was it like for Chinese people who had money?
- What was the entertainment like in the late 50s and early 60s? I’m in my early 20s so I can only imagine!
- What were your favourite places to visit in old HK?
Thank you for taking the time to read this