Hong Kong’s Preserved Ginger Industry – Dan Waters discovers and recollects

Dan Waters writes: My first recollection of the name, ‘Hong Kong’, was as a teenager in the early 1930s. My uncle was a warrant officer in the British army and, for a time, he was stationed in India. Every Christmas a large, colourful blue-and-white porcelain jar of preserved ginger would arrive at our home in Norfolk, England. This had been […]

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Mui Wo salt pans, Lantau Island

In our Queries and Answers 5 Eric Spain had an enquiry about salt production in Mui Wo. He remembers seeing some RAF aerial photographs which showed salt pans there. [presumably immediately before, during or shortly after WW2?]. Frank Watson and Namussi added information to Q+A 5 which is linked below. HF: Further information can be found in a post I made on gwulo.com […]

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The locations of Lime Kilns in Hong Kong – a list

HF: Here is a list of all the Lime Kilns (or Lime Kiln “Factories) in Hong Kong I have come across. I have linked Indhhk articles about specific locations. 1. Chek Lap Kok Island, Fu Tei Wan Lime Kiln, moved to Tung Chung, Lantau Island. Fu Tei Wan Lime Kiln 2. Cheung Chau Island Tai Kwai Wan 3. Lamma Island Lo So […]

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Ho Hung Yee – 70 years umbrella maker and repairer – stall preserved

HF: The SCMP of 6th April 2016 contained an article about the preservation of Ho Hung Yee’s umbrella stall. It will be dismantled and “may” be permanently exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of History. The article begins: “Atop the slopes of Central’s Peel Street, a modest crowd stood admiring a historic umbrella street stall for the last time on […]

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Night soil collection in Hong Kong – updated – four current locations, July 2016

New information in red. Chris Yuen: The article, Night soil collection in Hong Kong – honey buckets…information needed, asks for further information: “Night fragrance” is indeed an euphemistic term for night soil. Two articles in Apple Daily (2002 and 2013) provide some information: http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/supplement/culture/art/20020529/2625572 http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20130204/18156297 In 2002, there were about 80 units that required the night soil collection service. The service […]

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Salt Manufacture in Hong Kong 1940s – 1967 RASHKB article

HF: Producing salt from the sea is one of the oldest industries in Hong Kong. I have information, however slight, that it was produced in at least these locations. Kwun Tong Mui Wo (Lantau) San Hui (Tuen Mun) Tai O ( Lantau) Yim Lin Ha (Sha Tau Kok – NE NT) Yim Tin Tsai (Sai Kung) Wong Ka Wai (Tuen […]

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Night soil collection in Hong Kong – honey buckets…information needed

IDJ wrote in reponse to our article, “Worst industrial jobs in UK’s history”, linked below – Hong Kong’s own list? “naturally Night Soil Collector. This task went on certainly during my time in HK primarily servicing Western District’s old properties with no drains or sewage pipe-work. I recall it was all dumped into barges at Kennedy Town and taken out to sea for dumping. […]

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Traditional Hakka snacks made and sold in Sai Kung – vanishing HK trades

Mary Anne Le Bas has sent an SCMP article, Six home-grown Hong Kong trades at risk of dying out, published on 21st June 2015. The second of these is about a Sai Kung town resident who makes and sells about 800 boxes of traditional Hakka food daily. The article begins: Hui Sai-ling makes Hakka snacks at her home in Sai Kung […]

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No.1 Tai O Market Street 大澳街市街 – manufacture of oars and paddles for fishing boats

HF: “Tai O Market Street (大澳街市街) has been, and still is, the busiest economic centre of Tai O. Several old buildings still remain along the Street, with Nos. 1, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 17 lying on the west side, and Nos. 2, 4 and 14 along its east side. The one at No. 1 stands on a land lot […]

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