The Cheung brothers and Cheong Lee Construction (昌利建築)

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York Lo: The Cheung brothers and Cheong Lee Construction (昌利建築) Left to right: Cheung Chan-hon, Kenneth Fung, director of Urban Services Ronald Holmes, Urbco councilor Philip Dalen Au, Governor Grantham, architect Eric Cumine looking at model of the Java Road Estate in North Point which Cheung’s Cheong Lee was building in April 1957. The massive population boom in Hong Kong in […]

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The construction of the HSBC building in Hong Kong – images from its architect Foster + Partners

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HSBC Main Building (香港滙豐總行大廈) is a headquarters building of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, which is today a wholly owned subsidiary of London-based HSBC Holdings. It is located on the southern side of Statue Square near the location of the old City Hall, Hong Kong.  The previous HSBC building was built in 1935 and pulled down to make way for the current building. The current building is the […]

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Yeung Fat & Co (發利建築) – leading HK building contractor in the early 20th century

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York Lo: Yeung Fat & Co (發利建築) – leading HK building contractor in the early 20th century Left: Turfing ad for Yeung Fat & Co in 1927 (The China Mail, 1927-6-1); Right: Yeung Wing-hong as vice chairman of HK Building Contractors Association in 1954 (HKBCA Yearbook) From the late 19th century through the 1960s, Yeung Fat & Co was a […]

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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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Charles L. Corn (陳耀坤, 1898-1973) – operator of quarry in Shau Kei Wan and Chinese leader in Guam

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York Lo: Charles L. Corn (陳耀坤, 1898-1973) – operator of quarry in Shau Kei Wan and Chinese leader in Guam Left: Ad for Charles L. Corn & Co in 1950 (HKBCA yearbook); Right: Charles L. Corn (left) shaking hands with Vice President C.K. Yen in Taipei (National Cultural Database) In the 1950s, a colorful Chinese businessman in Guam and the Philippines […]

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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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United Delivery Co Ltd (聯合運貨汽車有限公司)

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York Lo: United Delivery Co Ltd (聯合運貨汽車有限公司) Left: Ad for United Delivery in an old telephone directory – 10 phone numbers were listed, and cross harbor delivery capabilities were highlighted; Right: United Delivery founder Albert Youngsaye and his wife Lai Yung-mei (Maureen Fan, Geni)   Established in 1933, United Delivery Co Ltd was a leading logistics provider in Hong Kong […]

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