Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Remnants of the old KCR Terminus, East TST

It may not be immediately obvious to the tourist in HK but along the TST waterfront – where now there stands a windowless, cream-tiled development that encompasses the Cultural Centre, Museum of Art and Planetarium – there stood a rather glorious colonial edifice: the KCR Railway Terminus. The following picture is courtesy of Hong Wrong (original link here).

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Golden Studios - Then and Now

As a long time HK film fan, Golden Studios holds particular interest for me because it was the filming/production location of many classic kung fu films during the 70's and 80's. Golden Studios was, of course, the name of the studios owned and operated by Golden Harvest. Sadly the studios (and, in fact, Golden Harvest's film production activity) is no longer around, but I managed to obtain an aerial photo (from the Mapping office for $120) of the area in Diamond Hill where the studio was located so that at least we can see where it was in relation to the area now.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Remembering the Osprey

Not so long ago, someone started posting pictures on of the after effects of Typhoon Ellen in 1983. Out of this interesting discussion came the mention of a boat that became an unfortunate victim of the typhoon when it sank several miles south of the territory. A barquentine called the 'Osprey'.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Down in "The Tong"

I don't live in Kowloon Tong but I do go through it almost everyday because it's my nearest MTR station and despite popping in on the odd occasion over the years, it wasn't until we moved to Kowloon that I found the time and energy I needed to explore a bit more. You'd be surprised about how much there is to find here. However, it wasn't until recently that my interest in the original Kowloon Tong Estate was piqued because of some old photos posted up on that showed some of the original Kowloon Tong houses.

Let's be specific. When I talk about Kowloon Tong in this context, I am referring to the original garden estate that was built between the KCR railtrack (to the west) and Waterloo Road (to the east). Kowloon Tong itself seems to refer to a much larger area these days - encompassing Yau Yat Chuen and Kowloon City if you believe the real estate agents - but these places weren't developed until long after the Kowloon Tong Estate was built in the 1920's and 30's.