Chen Din Hwa – founder of Nan Fung Textiles 1954 and “King of Cotton Yarn”

James Chan: Chen Din Hwa was born in Ningbo, China in 1923. His family were poor and he left school when he was 12 and became an apprentice to a silk merchant. When he was 22 he was already chief manager of his family business and owned several shops in Shanghai and Ningbo. In 1949, Chen’s family moved to Hong […]

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Nan Fung Textiles – founded 1954 – mill to be re-used

James Chan: The SCMP had an article on 9th December 2014 about re-using the Nan Fung Textiles building at Nos 4,5 and 6 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, into a “creative landmark for fashion culture and an incubator for young design talent.” The article says that “the original mills played a key role when the group was founded in […]

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Hong Kong Tramways: Extract from 2006 book including details of Rolling Stock

CM Fung has sent an extract of the book, Hong Kong Trams: Hongkong Tramway: 100 Years by Mike Davis. The Publisher’s website says the book is no longer available in bookshops but CM says it is available in a number of Hong Kong public libraries. These sections covered are: Initial proposals The Tramway route Tram services and termini Rolling stock […]

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Ng Jim Kai – Financier of the Chinese Revolution and Pioneer of the Garment and Shipping Industries in Hong Kong

York Lo: In 2013, the Ford Motor Company released a 1924 letter which Sun Yat-sen sent to Henry Ford inviting him to open up a plant in south China – the bearer of the letter was a Chinese American merchant named Ng Jim Kai (a.k.a. Ng Tung Kai 吳東啟, 1859-1935). [1] A major financial backer of Sun Yat-sen for over […]

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CLP + HEC: Consumer Council call for break up of the duopoly

HF: Hong Kong Electric was founded in 1889. China Light and Power in 1901. Together they have been almost the only power companies to provide electricity to Hong Kong. If you are surprised by the insertion of “almost” have a look at Related Inddhk articles below. Now the Consumer Council has produced a report which suggests the Hong Kong government […]

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Lok On Pai ‘desalting’ plant – site visit photographs including a great surprise!

Hugh Farmer: Following our recent articles about the Lok On Pai ‘desalting’ plant I visited the site on 4th December 2014 to see what remains. We know from recent aerial photographs and maps that the main building exists extending west to east, with one main arm at right angles to this running south towards the sea. Here’s what the site […]

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Peter H.T. Woo – Father of the Hong Kong Electronics Industry

Peter H.T. Woo – Father of the Hong Kong Electronics Industry – by York Lo Several years ago, I was invited by the editors of the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography (HKU Press, 2011) to write biographical entries for the book. In total I wrote 37 entries which covered many of the important figures in HK business history. However, there […]

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45th Anniversary of first scheduled shipping container service HK-USA , Vietnam war connection

HF: On the evening of 3oth July 1969 the vessel San Juan arrived at Ocean Terminal. It departed 15 hours later having loaded 150 containers. This marked the first scheduled container service between Hong Kong and the US. The San Juan was operated by Sea-Land and the new container  service was a by-product of the company’s contract with the US […]

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Lok On Pai ‘desalting’ plant – as Transshipment Centre used by the PAA – photo

New image HF: The extract below comes from a book about site preparation for Chek Lap Kok airport. Tymon Mellor confirms the Transshipment Centre was at the ex-Lok On Pai desalting plant site. He says it was used  by the Provisional Airport Authority (PAA) to store materials off site before shipping to Chek Lap Kok as the island and airport […]

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