The Mao Circle Photos – Hong Kong

Probably the best site for exploring the history of Hong Kong is gwulo.com which has thousands of photos on the colony. The site hongwrong.com also has a fund of information and many interesting historical facts and photos.

Michael Rogge has amassed hundreds of videos, particularly of historical scenes in Asia. I have attached a selection of these for those interested in how Hong Kong looked principally during the 1940’s to 1960’s. Well worth a look. Thanks Michael.

Shanty towns, which housed most of the refugees from China, sprang up in the hills of Hong Kong. There was no running water or sewerage and huts were built of bits of iron, wood and what ever scrap was available. The biggest concern was fire and typhoons when these shanty huts proved very perilous homes. These photos give you some idea of how people lived.

Shanty Town 1

Shanty Town 2

Below are some of the places mentioned in my novel with photos of what they were like then and now.

Peak Tram

The Peak Tram was how our kids travelled to school so they have fond memories of this unique means of getting down the Peak. These are some photos of earlier days and now.

The Peak Tram in 1897

The Peak Tram in 1897

One of the earliest trams

One of the earliest trams

Peak Tram in our days there

Peak Tram in our days there

Peak Tram today

Peak Tram today

Star Ferry

The Star Ferry as I remember it and which features in all my novels

The Star Ferry as I remember it and which features in all my novels

Hongkong & Shanghai Bank

As I knew it in the 1970's

As I knew it in the 1970’s

The Lions - Stephen on the left

The Lions – Stephen on the left

The Lions - Stitt on the right

The Lions – Stitt on the right

The Hong Kong Bank today

The Hong Kong Bank today

China Bank

Bank of China as I knew it, dwarfed by new HKSB building

Bank of China as I knew it, dwarfed by new HKSB building

Bank of China today - close to the old building

Bank of China today – close to the old building

The Green Street Trams

I’ve included in my novel trips on the famous green trams on Hong Kong Island on trams which looked like this in those days.

The cheapest form of transport and still running

The cheapest form of transport and still running

Gwulo has some great photos of this period showing something of the environment at the time with the trams passing through streets I know so well.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

This features in The Mao Circle and is still going strong

Cheung Chau Bun Festival 1961- parade

Cheung Chau Bun Festival 1961- parade

Cheung Chau Bun Festival 1961 - snatching the buns

Cheung Chau Bun Festival 1961 – snatching the buns – before Health & Safety reared its head.

Cheung Chau Festival - due to b....y Health and Safety new bun tower

Cheung Chau Festival – a new bun tower after b….y Health and Safety

Two films of Hong Kong in the 1930’s held on the Archive Farms website gives a good idea of Hong Kong 80 years ago when many of my characters fled from Shanghai during my novel The Shanghai Circle. The first is a silent film.

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