Based on the interest level from last week’s TPThursday post [averagetraveller.com], I’ve decided to run a part 2 to show a few more pictures from the Hong Kong Museum of History [hk.history.museum].
This is a mock up that they have of an older general store – I think it’s from around the turn of the last century.
And this is the newer counterpart to the general store – likely from the 50’s.
And of course, Hong Kong has always been about food [averagetraveller.com]. This is a mock up of a food and tea house from the 50’s or 60’s with bowls of sweet black sesame dessert soup. As a kid I wouldn’t touch that soup but now it’s one of my favorites!
These boundary markers were used to indicate the boundary between British ruled Hong Kong and China. Originally the boundary was marked by a river, but when the river dried up these markers had to be added.
What Hong Kong Harbour used to look like.
And finally one of my favorite graphics from the museum. This shows the various land reclamation projects in Hong Kong Harbour up to the year 2000. It’s especially cool to see the old Kai Tak airport on the right which used to force full sized jumbo jets to skim right over the tops of buildings to land. I remember being 10 years old and looking at people hanging their laundry on their patios during landing. It’s too bad that I didn’t really become an aviation nut until after this airport closed in 1998. Check out the video below to see some of the craziness!
But if you really want to check out the best video go to http://youtu.be/3PCOcyt7BPI – they won’t let me embed that one.
This post was submitted to Travel Photo Thursday, a weekly collection of travel pictures hosted by Budget Traveler’s Sandbox [budgetravelerssandbox.com]. Be sure to check it out!
Great article 🙂
Very interesting. When I was in Hong Kong several years ago, I missed out on this museum 🙁
I’ve learned so much from your two posts. Thanks!
I love this museum; a great way to spend a morning or an afternoon. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
Love this post. All the photos are interesting, but my favourite is that first one of the old general store. Will have to visit this museum. This will be on a long overdue trip to see how Hong Kong has changed. I haven’t been there for about 20 years. That means that I have memories of what it was like to land there, as shown in the videos.
I think that the British pushed hard in the 90’s to make sure that Hong Kong was flourishing so that it would be harder for China to take away democratic rights after the handover. It changed a lot in that period and is well worth a return trip!