Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen – last remaining walled village in Kowloon to become four tower blocks

HF: Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen,衙前圍村, (“the walled village in front of the yamen”), also known as Hing Yau Yu Tsuen, 慶有餘村, (“overflowing prosperity”) in San Po Kong, at the northen end of Kai Tak airport is the only walled village left in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The SCMP: Occupying an area of nearly 50,000 square feet…600 year-old square-shaped Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen […]

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Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen – demolition photos – January 2016

HF: I happened to be walking past Nga Tsin Wai on 27th January 2016 not knowing what was taking place there. I had been there often before and is the only place I have ever seen three street barbers operating in the same lane. The village had been almost fenced off, though this was still being carried out as I […]

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Lamma Island incense timber theft arrests

HF: From the SCMP 4th January 2015: Five mainlanders who arrived in Hong Kong last Thursday for a seven-day sightseeing visit were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of stealing 40 logs of incense timber on Lamma Island, police said yesterday. The 150kg haul, estimated to be worth about HK$1.5 million, is almost three times what police seized in four cases of […]

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Sun Hing restaurant Kennedy Town, traditional art of handmaking dim sum dying?

HF: The SCMP of 25th December 2015 contained the article, Saving dim sum: How a determined group of Hong Kong chefs are refusing to let the city’s culinary traditions die. The article begins: For the past 60 years, Chui Hoi has risen in the early hours of the morning to prepare bite-size steamed morsels for his small but popular dim sum […]

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Picture Postcards – handpainted / first printed in Hong Kong in 1898?

HF: Picture postcards are found almost wherever tourists visit in Hong Kong. I wonder how long they will continue to be sold given that surely all visitors  today arrive with cameras, iPhones etc. The history of HK ‘made’ postcards was comparatively recent, a full fifty years after the colony came into being according to these two sources. A distinction has to […]

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Peng Chau Island industry

Fung Chi Ming has sent a 1959 essay “Ping Chau”, an alternative name for Peng Chau, by Wei Kit Ling, Minnie, 1959, deposited at HKU Main Library.  Wei Kit Ling writes about the Lime Industry, the Match Industry ie the Great China Match Factory, Porcelain Decoration, Rattan Ware, the Tanning Industry, and the making of Shrimp Sauce. All of these are […]

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Counterfeit Hong Kong Opium case – San Francisco 1882

HF: The Chinese in Northwest America Research Committee has a website with Hong Kong links including this: “In 1882, a fascinating legal case got under way in San Francisco.  The defendant was the U. S. government, which had seized 3,880 5-tael cans of opium, all bearing either “Lai Yuen” or “Fook Loong” labels, from a local man named Kennedy.  He […]

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Industrial Developments in Hong Kong: some personal observations by Dan Waters

Dan Waters: In January 1955, not long after I had arrived in Hong Kong, and when I was a lecturer at the Technical College (since upgraded to the Polytechnic University) in Wood Road, Wanchai, I visited a number of our building students who had been attached for six weeks to building sites. I was accompanied by a Chinese colleague who became […]

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Systematic problems facing attempts to preserve Hong Kong’s heritage, SCMP article

HF: The SCMP published an article on 17th May 2015, Systematic problems facing attempts to preserve Hong Kong’s heritage. The article begins, “In fast-paced metropolitan Hong Kong, it is easy to forget the past, but a recent slew of underground and underwater discoveries have reminded people that their city has a long history. A stone tablet on the island of […]

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