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

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.

Lard Hong Kong-Kowloon-Kai Tak-Lard Factory-late 1920s

In early March 2019 IDJ sent this image of the Kai Tak Bund tanning-lard factory that generated the noxious smells in the area. And adds “the hides appear to be spread out to dry on the ground, and on poles leaning on the building.”

Kai Tak Bund Tanning Lard Factory Image IDJ

Can anyone provide further information about or images of this particular location or about other tanning factories in Hong Kong?


IDJ also sent the following Yun On Cheung image from the 1950s.

Yun On Cheung Lard Factory-letterhead-circa 1950s

HF: Lard dull?  Here’s an extract from the novel Becky Chan by Jared Mitchell set entirely in Hong Kong.

Lard - murder report

There is apparently a contemporary Hong Kong company, Po Yuen Lard, established 1995, owner Mr WK Kwok. Is this company still operating and if so where?

And another lard factory in Tai Tong Wu, a village near Ta Kwu Ling about half way between Fanling and Sha Tau Kok. This report is from a government press release of 27th Nov 2013.

Lard Factory 2 Tai Tong Wu Village


Lard Factory 2 Tai Tong Wu Village

Lard Factory map 3 Tai Tong Wu Village

Location of Tai Tung Wu village


This article was first posted on 6th June 2014.

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