Needle Hill Tungsten Mine

HF: This brief history of the Needle Hill Tungsten Mine does not attempt to cover the geology or mineralogy of the mine, nor details of the mine workings. For a much fuller account, which includes this information plus maps, photographs, plans, location of mine entrances and further references, see The Geological Society of Hong Kong Newsletter Vol 9 No 3 […]

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The Fish Pond Industry, Hong Kong 1961

HF: Additional information about Fish Farming in HK courtesy of the Public Records Office. These photos were taken near Yuen Long 1961. I don’t know whether the fish market was at Yuen Long though all the photos seem to be from the same collection.   See: Call for stand-alone body to enforce protection and management of Hong Kong’s wetlands SCMP […]

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Lard Factories in HK – nauseating stench RAF Kai Tak 1920s

Kai Tak Bund Tanning Lard Factory Image IDJ

HF and IDJ: The latter says this extract comes from a booklet titled ‘History of RAF Kai Tak’ produced by RAF Kai Tak in the 1970s. So much for the Kai Tak Bund area being the high class residential area the original promoters (Kai & Tak) hoped for! If you come across information about other lard factories in Hong Kong please send it in. In […]

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Tai Lam Chung Reservoir – construction images

Tai Lam Chung Reservoir IDJ Detail Governor's Visit In 1955 Quarrying In Hk AFTER WW2

HF: The Tai Lam Chung Reservoir was the first reservoir built in Hong Kong after the Second World War. Construction work commenced in 1952, was completed in 1957 and  officially opened by the Governor, Sir Alexander Grantham on 7th December of that year. The reservoir, with a storage capacity of 20 million cubic metres, was formed by a main dam across the […]

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Lai Afong 赖阿芳 and Afong Studio, early HK photographic studio

HF: Lai Afong 赖阿芳 aka Lai Ah Fong, Huafang, Fang Lai, Lihua Fang, Li Fang, A’Fong Lai, 赖華芳, 黎華芳, 芳華 c.1839 – 1890 was a Chinese photographer  who established Afong Studio, one of the early photographic studios in Hong Kong. His studio was active from 1859 to around the 1940s. The business was probably taken over by his son in the 1890s. Subject matters […]

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Shek Pik Reservoir – Tai O Road construction link to end of Tai O salt production

HF: See added extract from a report at the end of this article regarding suggested reason for the final demise of the salt industry in Tai O which had probably been in existence (at least in HK) from about the 3rd century BC. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of Shek Pik Reservoir on Lantau island. It was […]

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Mystery structures near Stanley – industrial site, mine?

HF: Craig Mitchell has been in touch with a few more notes and thoughts about the site above Stanley which appears to be industrial in origin. I have added these to his original comments. Craig Mitchell writes: Last weekend [early Jan 2014] a few of us were out in the hills behind Stanley. We went up the The Twins (Stanley […]

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