The Decline of Hawkers Markets in Hong Kong – but where were they?

HF: The SCMP of 12th December 2014 contained a full page article, Bazaar Behaviour. This outlines the decline in the number of  hawkers markets and discusses the view that “public policy over the years has served to concentrate retail activity in sanitised malls.” The article mentions:- – there were about 40 such bazaars in the 1970s. – that the number […]

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Chun Hing [Diesel] Oil Factory, Kennedy Town, WW2

Elizabeth Ride has sent this BAAG report about Chun Hing Oil. HF: There is a contemporary Kwan Yick Building at  430-440A Des Voeux Rd West in Shek Tong Tsui which is the area immediately east of Kennedy Town. And a contemporary company, Chun Hing Petro-chemical Ltd, whose address is given as Fu Yung Building, Tsuen Wan. BAAG Report WIS #28 25.4.43 […]

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The China Klinwares Manufacturing Company – 1932 to 1956

HF: The article, I-Feng Enamelling Company and Freezinhot Bottle Co., Ltd. includes: In 1937, after buying the assets of Keung Hwa Aluminium and Enamelling Company, Mr. Dung Ji-fu founded I-Feng Enamelling Company in Hong Kong to sell aluminium and enamel ware. York Lo adds: I believe the English name of Keung Hwa should be “China Klinwares Manufacturing Co”. Dung Ji-fu should also […]

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Asiatic Petroleum Company – Shanghai building , further information

Jennifer Lang:  I just returned from a visit to Shanghai and a look at the many wonderful Bund buildings from the 20th century. Here is more detail on the Asiatic building. It was designed by the architectural firm of Moorhead & Halse and built in 1916. The records I accessed show that it was originally called the McBain Building and […]

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John Tung (董之英, 1914-1986) of I-Feng Enamelling

York Lo: I-Feng and Freezinhot first caught my attention when I stared up at the third floor exterior of the infamous Chung King Mansion on Nathan Road and spotted the corporate signages. It turns out that I-Feng, which dissolved in 2001 according to Companies Registry record did have its head office in Chung King Mansion. And then I got even […]

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I-Feng Enamelling Company and Freezinhot Bottle Co., Ltd.

HF: First some information about these companies extracted from the excellent HK Memory Project: In 1937, after buying the assets of Keung Hwa Aluminium and Enamelling Company, Mr. Dung Ji-fu founded I-Feng Enamelling Company in Hong Kong to sell aluminium and enamel ware. In 1940, Freezinhot Bottle Co., Ltd. was founded in Hong Kong also with Mr. Dung as the general […]

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Industrial districts – Yau Tong

HF: The Yau Tong reclamation is shown here in the mid distance, with Cha Kwo Ling in the foreground, the low buildings of Lei Yue Mun in the distance and Devil’s Peak behind. This photo is from 1983 and shows an apparently thriving industrial area. Today, many of these buildings and shipyards have been demolished or lie derelict. Of particular […]

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Chen Din Hwa – founder of Nan Fung Textiles 1954 and “King of Cotton Yarn”

James Chan: Chen Din Hwa was born in Ningbo, China in 1923. His family were poor and he left school when he was 12 and became an apprentice to a silk merchant. When he was 22 he was already chief manager of his family business and owned several shops in Shanghai and Ningbo. In 1949, Chen’s family moved to Hong […]

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Nan Fung Textiles – founded 1954 – mill to be re-used

James Chan: The SCMP had an article on 9th December 2014 about re-using the Nan Fung Textiles building at Nos 4,5 and 6 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, into a “creative landmark for fashion culture and an incubator for young design talent.” The article says that “the original mills played a key role when the group was founded in […]

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