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May 21, 2020

60 Fascinating Color Photos Capture Everyday Life of Hong Kong in the Early 1970s

Hong Kong in the 1970s underwent many changes that shaped its future, led for most of the decade by its longest-serving and reform-minded Governor, Murray MacLehose.

Corruption was a way of life in Hong Kong in this period, being the norm in all government departments. Policemen would often extract bribes (popularly called "tea fee") before they investigated a crime, as did firemen before they rescued people and put out fires.

Economically, it reinvented itself from a manufacturing base into a financial centre.

Hong Kong also found itself at a unique geographical and cultural crossroads. Many of the western artists like Elvis Presley and The Beatles were getting exposure in the music industry. Toys from Japan have arrived in Hong Kong via random and inconsistent shipments in the past.

Take a look at these vintage photos taken by nickphoto21 to see what life of Hong Kong looked like in 1973.

San Po Hong resettlement flats, Lion Rock behind

A village in Clearwater Bay

Assembly building, one of the few remaining old colonial buildings

Causeway Bay area at night

Central District and Kowloon Peninsula from The Peak

Central District at night

Cheung Chau. Dodging the wave

Cheung Chau. Alongside the beach

Cheung Chau. Junk building

Cheung Chau. Junk building

Cheung Chau. The harbour

Cheung Chau

Congested buildings in Hollywood Road area

Connaught Road night market

Connaught Road night market

Connaught Road night market

Connaught Road night market

Connaught Road night market

Connaught Road night market

Connaught Road night market

Crowded balconies

Hard work

Hollywood Road area

Hong Kong Island's tram route

Kam Tin Walled Village

Kam Tin Walled Village

Kam Tin Walled Village

Kowloon. Shanghai Street

Man sitting by his rickshaw

Old junks

Ornate balconies

People at a night restaurant

Sai Kung

Sai Kung

Scrap metal collector takes a rest

Sheung Shui. Doing the washing

Sheung Shui. Frontier Closed Area

Sheung Shui

Shops and stalls around the Hollywood Road area of Hong Kong

Street market at Hollywood Road area

Street market at Hollywood Road area

Street market at Hollywood Road area

Street market

Street market

The fortune teller

The Kowloon peninsula opposite Hong Kong Central district

The new territories from Hong Kong Peak

The north of Hong Kong Island with landfilled areas ready for building

US navy ships visiting Hong Kong for R & R during the Vietnam war

Wong Tai Sin resettlement flats

Wong Tai Sin resettlement flats

Wong Tai Sin resettlement flats

Wong Tai Sin resettlement flats

Wong Tai Sin Temple entrance

Wong Tai Sin Temple entrance

Wong Tai Sin Temple entrance

Wong Tai Sin Temple entrance

Wong Tai Sin Temple entrance

Wong Tai Sin Temple entrance

Wong Tai Sin Temple entrance


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