Iconic Hong Kong

Iconic Hong Kong

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 | Updated: May 26, 2024

A year-by-year album

The photos in this section have been grouped into the year that the photos were taken, rather that as a specific area which I've dedicated some time in exploring.

These photos encompass all of Hong Kong and are not always representative of Hong Kong in the view of those who do not know Hong Kong. In some cases even the people who live in Hong Kong would have a different view, but as well as showing you what most people think of this amazing place, there is so much more.

If you spend some time in Hong Kong, your view of what is iconic can change dramatically over time. To the initiated, it's places such as Victoria Peak (the Peak), the Peak Tram, the Harbour, Neon signs and others, but by the time I left Hong Kong I added mountains, trails, beaches, and extensive history to that list.


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Posted: Nov 30, 2023 | Updated: May 26, 2024

2023 Album

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1) Tsim Sha Tsui from the Peak (3 Sep, 2023)

Posted: May 26, 2015 | Updated: May 26, 2024

2015 Album

After leaving Hong Kong in 2014 I was fortunate enough to still be employed on a Hong Kong project and would fly in for a week every month or so. This would turn out to be my last visit for some time.

1) Clock Tower Tsim Sha Tsui (25 Feb, 2015)
2) Kowloon station and the Clock Tower in 1914
3) Clock Tower - Battle for Hong Kong
4) The Peninsula at night (25 Feb, 2015)
5) Hong Kong Street Snacks (18 Mar, 2015)

Posted: May 26, 2014 | Updated: May 26, 2024

2014 Album

The Goodbye Tour

With my stay in Hong Kong coming to an end I took a final look at some of the places that I'd seen, but never took photos of.

Not realising that I would be coming back in 2020, this album doesn't have some of the photos that I took as there is a second goodbye in the 2024 album.

1) Hong Kong Park - Flagstaff House (25 Jan, 2014)
2) Hong Kong Park - Flagstaff House with 1846 Picture (25 Jan, 2014)
3) Wanchai - Nam Koo Terrace (25 Jan, 2014)
4) Hong Kong Harbour at night (27 June, 2014)

Posted: Jul 31, 2013 | Updated: May 26, 2024

2013 Album

In 2013 I had developed my interest in the history of Hong Kong and uncovered more of the forgotten Battle of Hong Kong in 1941. My intention was to explore the area where the Japanese had landed on the 18th December, 10 days after crossing the China - Hong Kong border. North Point and Aldrich Bay saw the intial landings from which the Japanese quickly fanned out to rapidly push inland.

Old buildings in Hong Kong are a rarity and after stumbling upon the old Yacht Club headquarters on Electric Road I had a look inside, and doing some more research I learned that this was built in 1908 and was positioned on the waterfront (not surprisingly). It very quickly found itself on the front line on December 18th, 1941.

After fighting through the New Territories and breaching the main defensive line at the Shing Mun Redoubt, the British evacuated the mainland allowing the Japanese to take up positions and to soften up the island for invasion. This stretch of shoreline was pulverised by artillery, destroying the Pill Boxes one by one with some very accurate fire, probably resulting from pre-war espionage to identify the strongpoints. The shoreline was defended by the  5/7th Rajputs an Indian Army regiment that had previously been on the Gin Drinkers line positioned to the east of the Shing Mun Redoubt. C, D and B Coy were destroyed by overwhelming Japanese forces. Some of the survivors made their way to the Power Station, hence the name of the road. The Power Station was defended by elements of the HKVDC (Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corp) until the following day.

Walking from here to Central, the old Causeway Bay typhoon shelter is now Victoria Park and holds the statue of Queen Victoria that previously occupied Central on the once beautiful waterfront until removed by the Japanese in World War 2. It was taken to be melted down but fortunately survived and was brought back to Hong Kong. The statue was relocated to Victoria Park in 1957.

1) Tung Chung Fort - Main Gate (16 March, 2013)
2) Tung Chung Fort - Walls and Cannons (16 March, 2013)
3) Tung Chung Fort - School Playground (16 March, 2013)
4) North Point - The former Yacht Club (31 July, 2013)
5) Victoria Park - Queen Victoria (31 July, 2013)
6) Pok Fu Lam Reservoir from the Peak (11 Aug, 2013)
7) Old Supreme Court Building and Cenotaph (10 Nov 2013)

Posted: Jul 7, 2012 | Updated: May 29, 2024

2012 Album

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1) Johnston Road - Luard Road (7 July, 2012)
2) The Big Buddha on Lantau Island

Travel Hong Kong

Central Police Station & Gaol

Central Police Station & Gaol

Central Police Station & Gaol

Correctional Services Museum

Correctional Services Museum

Correctional Services Museum

Devil's Peak

Devil's Peak

Devil's Peak

Hikes - Discovery Bay to Mui Wo

Hikes - Discovery Bay to Mui Wo

Hikes - Discovery Bay to Mui Wo

Hikes - Hong Kong Trail

Hikes - Hong Kong Trail

Hikes - Hong Kong Trail

Hikes - Lantau Trail

Hikes - Lantau Trail

Hikes - Lantau Trail

Hikes - Maclehose Trail

Hikes - Maclehose Trail

Hikes - Maclehose Trail

Hikes - Wilson Trail

Hikes - Wilson Trail

Hikes - Wilson Trail

Iconic Hong Kong

Iconic Hong Kong

Iconic Hong Kong

Lamma Island

Lamma Island

Lamma Island

Lyemun Fort

Lyemun Fort

Lyemun Fort

Mount Davis Battery

Mount Davis Battery

Mount Davis Battery

Ngong Ping

Ngong Ping

Ngong Ping

Pinewood Battery

Pinewood Battery

Pinewood Battery

Police Museum

Police Museum

Police Museum

Sai Wan Battery

Sai Wan Battery

Sai Wan Battery

Sai Wan Military Cemetery

Sai Wan Military Cemetery

Sai Wan Military Cemetery

Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan

Shing Mun Redoubt

Shing Mun Redoubt

Shing Mun Redoubt

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley

Tai O

Tai O

Tai O

Wong Nai Chung Gap

Wong Nai Chung Gap

Wong Nai Chung Gap

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