Les Bird joined the Hong Kong Marine Police in 1976 during a period of rapid change in one of the British Empire’s few remaining colonies, and witnessed the last years of the hard-working, hard-drinking colonial policemen handing out rough justice in the World of Suzie Wong. <Read more ...>
Former Marine Police HQ, Tsim Sha Tsui in “Soldier of Fortune” (1955)
“Another international production filmed in HK the same year as Love is a Many-Splendored Thing. This one starred Clark Gable as a wealthy ex-mercenary enlisted to help a maiden in distress rescue her estranged husband from the clutches of the evil Chinese Communists. Perhaps making more use of the sights (and sites!) and sounds of HK, the film provides a great insight into HK at the time. <Read more ...>
During the Japanese Occupation Period [when the compound was used as a base for the Japanese Navy], extensive underground tunnels were constructed beneath the lawn but after World War II, in view of public safety, these tunnels were blocked and the lawn was re-turfed.
The tunnels were destroyed during the recent development works to turn the compound into a hotel & shopping mall. <Read more ...>