Poplar Street and Cheung Sha Wan Road, looking north (1960).
Kopak Cafe 紅棉餐廳 was on the west side of Poplar south of Cheung Sha Wan Road. I don’t remember if it had an English sign so cafe is assumed given the small space inside. It was I believe more famous for its bakery products. You can select your loaf of bread, and the man slices it for you using a electric slicer and pushing the small platform back and forth. Here, I bought 車輪包 my favourite in mid-1950s. <Read more ...>
View along Ki Lung Street, this 1965 photo was taken from outside the pre-war shophouses #5-7 Ki Lung Street which remains standing today (to the left but out of view). The far end of the tall buildings is about Boundary Street my home.
Lai Chi Kok Road and Nathan Road were main thoroughfares, and due to its alignment with Portland Street, Ki Lung Street was quiet. Seeing a parked car was unusual in the 1950s, but no longer true by 1965. <Read more ...>
This school was several blocks from my former residence. But I forgot its exact spot except that it was on my way to the Sham Shui Po ferry pier.
While the Nam Cheong Street nulluh is not visible in the photo, I think it is just behind the trucks and bamboos. That would put the school on the south side of Hoi Tan Street between Nam Cheong and Boundary street. Thanks in advance for your confirmation. Regards, Peter
Greetings. This is one, may I suggest, nostalgic and romantic landscape of the old Kowloon. The person who posted this photo on the internet did an amazing job in determining the vantage point to scan the distant hills. The inundated area on the right must be the current Mong Kok district. Under sea water, or after a heavy rain storm? The farms and tranquility, oh, how this land has changed!
Here are the author's notes translated from Chinese corresponding to the letters on the photo: <Read more ...>