High Island Reservoir construction – HK Government publication – official statistics

Eilzabeth Ride has sent this undated booklet produced by the HK Government Information Services Publication titled “High Island”. It contains official statistics about: the dams involved the reservoir itself tunnels and shafts intakes and catchwaters pumping stations pumping mains Shatin treatment works trunk mains permanent roads built HK Public Works Dept Directors Principal Contractors involved  This article was first posted […]

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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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Lantau Island Industry

HF: This article is the result of several people’s research into industrial development, lighthouses, log ponds, manufacturing, mining, reservoirs, salt, shipyards, tea, timber mills, transport, utilities and other related topics on Lantau Island. If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to the list, it would be good to hear from you. I can then […]

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Industrial Districts – Tsing Yi Island

This article is the result of several people’s research into industrial development and other related topics on Tsing Yi Island. Tsing Yi Island (青衣島) has an area of 10.69 km². The island has been extended drastically by reclamation along almost all its natural shore and the annexation of Nga Ting Chau (牙鷹洲) and Chau Tsai.  Three major bays or harbours, Tsing Yi Lagoon, Mun Tsai […]

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Night soil collection in Hong Kong – honey buckets…information needed

IDJ wrote in reponse to the article, Worst (industrial) job in Hong Kong, – naturally Night Soil Collector. This task went on certainly during my time in HK primarily servicing Western District’s old properties with no drains or sewage pipe-work. I recall it was all dumped into barges at Kennedy Town and taken out to sea for dumping. You could smell the stench […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War Two

HF: This is an article where we can gradually add information about what happened to HK’s industry, manufacturing, mining , transport and other related areas during World War 2. As bits and pieces come in I’ll update the article and re-post it with the current date. Contributors: PC Philip Cracknell ADW HF Hugh Farmer IDJ FCM Fung Chi Ming CM […]

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Water supply in HK – its history and past, current and potential future problems – SCMP article

Martin Williams wrote the article, Why Hong Kong shouldn’t take clean water for granted, which appeared in the Sunday Morning Post magazine on 24th April 2016. Martin had contacted our group while writing the article seeking information and post publication has kindly given permission to post extracts, a couple of his photos and to link the article. As has the Post’s […]

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Shek Pik Reservoir – Tai Long Wan resettlement village for some displaced residents

HF: “Tai Long Wan Village – a pleasant community built in 1959. When the government was finalizing its plans for Shek Pik Reservoir, it built Tai Long Wan Village to re-settle many people whose homes were to be flooded by the reservoir – the villagers from Shek Pik Wai, Fan Pui, Kong Pui, Sha Tsui, Chung Hau and Hang Tsai. […]

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