Gwulo: Old Hong Kong


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PS 'Gwu lo' is roughly how '古老' sounds in Cantonese. It means 'ancient' or 'old-fashioned'.

1900's Hong Kong panorama

Photo courtesy of reader 'moddsey'

Hong Kong history on the MTR

If you'll be using the MTR (the local subway/underground railway) while you're in Hong Kong, print this out and get a quick history lesson from the route map that is displayed in each carriage.


Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
Places shown in this photo: 

Taken from the Aberdeen Praya Road with the floating restaurant in the background.

QE2 coronation - HSBC

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 

Photo courtesy of Greg Fripp.


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