True Gold Fears No Fire: 150 Years of Tse Lee Yuen (謝利源)

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York Lo: True Gold Fears No Fire: 150 Years of Tse Lee Yuen (謝利源) Founded in Macau in 1867, Tse Lee Yuen (also known as Che Lei Un and Che Lee Yuen and now known as O’Che 1867) is one of the oldest jewelers in Macau which is still going strong under the management of the fourth generation. In the […]

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From Metals Trading to Real Estate: the Lau Family of Pak Hing Loong (百興隆)

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York Lo: From Metals Trading to Real Estate: the Lau Family of Pak Hing Loong (百興隆) The Lau family has been a major player in the metals trading business in Hong Kong for over seven decades through Pak Hing Loong Ltd which was formed in the 1940s and incorporated in 1957 and like many others augmented their fortunes as pioneers […]

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Lai Yung Shang (雷允上) – the Centuries Old Maker of Lu Sheng Pills (六神丸)

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York Lo: Lai Yung Shang (雷允上) – the Centuries Old Maker of Lu Sheng Pills (六神丸) Earlier on the website we have covered several Western pharmaceutical manufacturers from Shanghai such as Sine and New Asiatic whose proprietors continued their businesses in HK after the Communists came to power in 1949 while their operations in the mainland became state-owned enterprises that […]

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Mui Wo Silver Mine – Part One – The Owner

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Tymon Mellor: The former mine at, and which was to give its name to, Mui Wo or Silvermine Bay, was arguably one of the most important mines in Southern China at the end of the nineteenth century. It was developed using private money and was a showcase of modern technology. It was hoped this would be the start of a […]

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Tabaqueria Filipina, Hwa Ching Tobacco and Colin Mackenzie & Co

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York Lo: Tabaqueria Filipina, Hwa Ching Tobacco and Colin Mackenzie & Co Tabaqueria Filipina and Colin Mackenzie & Co are two historic firms in Hong Kong with long histories (founded in 1888 and 1915 respectively) in the tobacco and pharmaceutical business and were both controlled by theZung (Chen) family from Ningbo after the War. The family was also known for […]

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Wah Ying Cheong (華英昌): from Gold Mountain Firm to Real Estate Empire

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York Lo: Wah Ying Cheong (華英昌): from Gold Mountain Firm to Real Estate Empire Incorporated in 1936 but founded earlier in the late 19th century, Wah Ying Cheong is one of the oldest Chinese companies in Hong Kong that had played an important role in the remittance of overseas Chinese as a Gold Mountain guild in its early years and […]

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Ching Hing Construction (正興建築): Beyond the Family Feud 

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York Lo: Ching Hing Construction (正興建築): Beyond the Family Feud Left: Ip Ching-ping as vice chairman of the HK Building Contractors Association; Right: Ching Hing’s adin 1955 (HKBCA yearbook) The decades long high-profile family feuds between the descendants of Ching Hing Construction founder Ip Ching-ping (葉正平, 1903-1983)has overshadowed the success of Ching Hing Construction, which was one of the leading […]

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Evergreen Motion Picture (永茂電影企業)

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York Lo: Evergreen Motion Picture (永茂電影企業) Left: poster for Evergreen’s “Action Speaks Louder than Words” in 1955 starring Sheung Kwun Kwan-wai and SzemaWah Lung; Right: Poster for Evergreen’s “Honor Thy Father and Mother” in 1953 starring Sheung Kwun Kwan-wai and Cheung Ying-tsoi Evergreen Motion Picture was one of the eight leading independent movie production companies in the 1950s which produced […]

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Dickson Construction (德信建築)

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York Lo: Dickson Construction (德信建築) Signing of a construction contract between Lingnan and Dickson in 1975. Left to right seated: architect Arthur C.S. Kwok (郭志舜), Lingnan chairman Paul S. Lam (林秀樑), Dickson chairman T.T. Yik, Lingnan trustee Edward TT Chan (陳德泰, see article). Standing left to right: Lingnan secretary Yuen Siu-kong (阮兆剛), Levett& Bailey’s Lee Yiu-sang (李堯生),Lingnan trustee Wai Kee-kau […]

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Douglas Lapraik – watchmaker, shipowner and co-founder of the Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company

Douglas Lapraik arrived in Hong Kong in 1842 in apparently somewhat straitened circumstances from Macau. Things changed for the colourful Mr Lapraik. In 1863, together with Thomas Sutherland and Jardine, Matheson & Co,. he co-founded the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company (Kowloon Docks) which at its peak was the largest shipyard in Asia. The following article has been extracted from […]

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