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February 20, 2021

Hong Kong in the 1970s Through Fascinating Color Photos

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

Companies were also seeking well educated employees for complex projects. Seventy-two percent of overseas graduates between 1962 and 1976 would come back to Hong Kong to take on highly skilled domestic positions.

The 1970s was when Hong Kong gained daily news broadcasts. News programmes ranked in the top 10 continuously for a decade. 66% of the population tuned in regularly covering 2 to 3 million viewers nightly.

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.

These fascinating photos from Ralf K that show what Hong Kong looked like in the 1970s.

Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Aberdeen Floating Restaurant, Hong Kong

A Village in New Territories, Hong Kong

Cable Car System, Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Causeway Bay, Typhoon Shelter, Hong Kong

Chinese Junk, Hong Kong

Chinese Temple ,Hong Kong

Ching Chung Koon, Hong Kong

Ching Ye Bridge, Hong Kong

Closed Area, Hong Kong

Cross-Harbor Tunnel Exit, Hong Kong

Garden Theatre, Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Happy Valley By Night, Hong Kong

Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Harbor Tunnel Entrance Hong Kong

Hotel Peninsula, Hong Kong

Jordan Road Car Ferry, Hong Kong

Jordan Road, Hong Kong

Jumbo Floating Restaurant, Hong Kong

Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong

Kai Tak Runway, Hong Kong

Kowloon Ferry, Hong Kong

Nam Sang Wai, New Territories, Hong Kong

Ocean Park Theatre, Hong Kong

Ocean Terminal, Hong Kong

Peak Tower Restaurant, Hong Kong

Reclaimed Ground, Hong Kong

Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

Resettlement State, Hong Kong

Sampan Rides, Hong Kong

Sha Ting Restaurant, Hong Kong

Star Ferry, Hong Kong

Star Ferry, Hong Kong

Sung Wong Toi, Hong Kong

Swimming Pool, Hong Kong

Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Three Buddha Pavilion, Hong Kong

Tower Clock at Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong

View of Kowloon, Hong Kong

Waterloo Road, Hong Kong


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