Mui Wo salt pans, Lantau Island

In our Queries and Answers 5 Eric Spain had an enquiry about salt production in Mui Wo. He remembers seeing some RAF aerial photographs which showed salt pans there. [presumably immediately before, during or shortly after WW2?]. Frank Watson and Namussi added information to Q+A 5 which is linked below. HF: Further information can be found in a post I made on gwulo.com […]

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Hemp – crop and craft, 1970 RASHKB article highlighting its disappearance in Hong Kong

James Hayes has kindly given permission for his short article about the production and use of hemp in Hong Kong to be posted on our website, though much of it is taken up with a description of this practice in China. The article was first published in the Royal Asiatic Society (HK Branch) Journal Vol 10, 1970. For further information about […]

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The locations of Lime Kilns in Hong Kong – a list

HF: Here is a list of all the Lime Kilns (or Lime Kiln “Factories) in Hong Kong I have come across. I have linked Indhhk articles about specific locations. 1. Chek Lap Kok Island, Fu Tei Wan Lime Kiln, moved to Tung Chung, Lantau Island. Fu Tei Wan Lime Kiln 2. Cheung Chau Island Tai Kwai Wan 3. Lamma Island Lo So […]

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Pearl Cultivation – Tai Po Sea (Tolo Harbour)

HF/Richard Hale HF: At one time Hong Kong was home to a thriving pearl cultivation industry which appears to have been initially centred on Tolo Harbour. “Tai Po was the centre of the local pearl industry. As far as we know, pearls were first collected from the nearby sea in AD 761 during the fourth year of the reign of […]

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Charcoal burning in Hong Kong, 1971 RASHKB article

James Hayes has kindly given permission for several of his articles published by the Royal Asiatic Society (HK Branch) to be posted on our website. Here he writes about Charcoal Burning in Hong Kong which was included by the RASHKB in its Journal Volume 11, 1971. James mentions several locations where charcoal was produced, namely:- Kwun Tong Lamma Island Tong […]

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Stone Cutters’ Lives in Hong Kong – 1952 article

IDJ has sent an article about Stone Cutters (or Breakers) and their working lives in Hong Kong… The article was originally published in 1952 by the Building Contractor’s Association which subsquently became the Hong Kong Construction Association which exists today. The images shown here have also been supplied by IDJ but are not in the 1952 article. They are all located […]

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Ho Hung Yee – 70 years umbrella maker and repairer – stall preserved

HF: The SCMP of 6th April 2016 contained an article about the preservation of Ho Hung Yee’s umbrella stall. It will be dismantled and “may” be permanently exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of History. The article begins: “Atop the slopes of Central’s Peel Street, a modest crowd stood admiring a historic umbrella street stall for the last time on […]

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Night soil collection in Hong Kong – updated – four current locations, July 2016

New information in red. Chris Yuen: The article, Night soil collection in Hong Kong – honey buckets…information needed, asks for further information: “Night fragrance” is indeed an euphemistic term for night soil. Two articles in Apple Daily (2002 and 2013) provide some information: http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/supplement/culture/art/20020529/2625572 http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20130204/18156297 In 2002, there were about 80 units that required the night soil collection service. The service […]

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China Neonlight Advertising Company, Mongkok, makers of neon lights – vanishing Hong Kong trades

Mary Anne Le Bas has sent an SCMP article, Six home-grown Hong Kong trades at risk of dying out, published on 21st June 2015. The last of these is about one of the few remaining Hong Kong companies that make neon lights. Leung Lap Kei, who runs the China Neonlight Advertising Company, says that, “in the 80s and 90s, the […]

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