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New Kowloon City Road (Ma Tau Wai Road and Pak Tai Street) [1899- ]

From 1899 Public Works Report

39.....the New Kowloon City Road. This road has immensely improved the communication between the East and West sides of British Kowloon Peninsula, has opened up and given access to the large village of Matau-Wei, and has proved a great boon to the numerous cyclists of the Colony.

42. At the eastern side of British Kowloon Peninsula another extremely useful road has been constructed from Hok-un to Kowloon City.

Hart Avenue [c.1911- ]


Named after: Sir Robert Hart, 1st Baronet (1835 –1911), British Diplomat in the Qing Government (source)


Hart Avenue is a Y-shaped short street in Tsim Sha Tsui. Today is starts at Prat Avenue (close to Carnarvon Road) and bifurcates after about 60 m. One branch (the older one) runs south to Mody Road, the other east to Chatham Road South.


  • 1911: Street built (estimate)

Prat Avenue [1920- ]

Named after: Manuel Prat Pujoldevall, O.P. (1873-1947), Vicar Apostolic of Amoy since 1916 (see comments below)

Details: Prat Avenue is a short road in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is (today) about 200 m long and runs from Carnarvon Road to Chatham Road South.


Lion Rock Tunnel 1976

Second Lion Rock Tunnel under construction, first one operating.

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Work went ahead inside the Lion Rock Tunnel 1965

This should be on the Shatin side.

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Lion Rock Tunnel [1967- ]

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Lion Rock Tunnel is the first major road tunnel in Hong Kong. It was built to connect Kowloon Tong with Sha Tin, an area to become a new town. It was opened on 14 November 1967.

A few years later, as traffic increased, a second tunnel parallel to the west was constructed. It opened for traffic on 18 January 1978.

1914 Jubilee street


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Victoria Road (former Jubilee Road) [1903- ]


Named after: Built to commemorate the 60th year of Queen Victoria's Reign.


The road commences at Kennedy Town and traverses the southern slopes of Mount Davis and the adjoining hills to Aberdeen. opening out en route a portion of the island which has hitherto been practically inaccessible. It is 5 miles long, has a width of 16 feet and is designed as a carriage road. (source)


Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC), Hong Kong, 1950, retirement Klimanek

Even though HCHC was taken over by Internatio in 1948, people kept referring to the company as Holland-China Trading Company. This group photo was taken for the occasion of senior manager Philip Harding Klimanek (front row, sixth from the left) leaving the company. Charles Gesner van der Voort can be found front row, first from the left, his wife Nancy third from the left. Phil Beekmeijer and his wife Ans are third row, first and second from the left.

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Traffic confusion

Some of the southern China drivers still do not seem to have noticed this 1946 changeover

What were the traffic rules in China prewar and early post war?

Presumably in large cities such as Shanghai some order prevailed


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