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Hilltop kiosk or pavilion, Hong Kong, 1930s

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Hilltop kiosk or pavilion, Hong Kong, 1930s

Charles Gesner van der Voort (1916-1991) worked for Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC) in Shanghai; it also had offices in Hong Kong and Tientsin (Tianjin). One of its first directors, Mr. Willem Kien, worked in China from 1898. After HCHC was founded in 1903, he worked for the company in Hong Kong and Shanghai. In 1921, he left China and worked for the head office in Rotterdam, at Diergaardelaan 36, until 1948, when the company was obtained by Internatio.

In the 1930s, Mr. Willem Kien made at least one voyage to the East. The Hong Kong photo wrapper still has the images of one of these voyages: a trip to Macau with steamliner Fat Shan. One of the photos is of a natural rock temple. The photos were probably purchased.

Courtesy Kien family archives

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Wednesday, January 1, 1930


Dear reader,

Can you recognise the location of this temple (?) Suggestions are welcome.



The kiosk at the top of the mountain resemble the one in a photo taken by Norman K. Walton. it shows the coast line of Kellett Bay (雞籠環) which is the present location of Wah Fu Estate (華富邨)。

The appearance of the kiosk looks similar but not exactly the same.




Many thanks tinwantower!