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June 13, 2022

Hong Kong in the 1930s Through Rare Vintage Photos

Hong Kong is a city and special administrative region of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta in South China. It is one of the most densely populated places in the world, and is also one of the three global financial centers and one of the most developed cities in the world.

Hong Kong in the 1930s

Originally a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the world’s most significant financial centers and commercial ports. It is the world’s tenth-largest exporter and ninth-largest importer. Although the city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, severe income inequality exists among the population.

Hong Kong is a highly developed territory and ranks fourth on the UN Human Development Index. The city has the largest number of skyscrapers of any city in the world, and its residents have some of the highest life expectancies in the world. The dense space has led to a highly developed transportation network with public transport rates exceeding 90%. Hong Kong is ranked 3rd in the Global Financial Centres Index.

Take a look at these rare and amazing photos to see what Hong Kong looked like in the 1930s.

Central waterfront. The old City Hall building can still be seen right behind the Supreme Court building, Hong Kong, 1930

Chater Road, Hong Kong, 1930

Connaught Road, Hong Kong, 1930

Sincere Department Store, Hong Kong, 1930

Water rationing, Hong Kong, 1930

Central Market, Hong Kong, 1931

Funeral parade in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 1931

Peninsula Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 1931

Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong, 1931

Admiralty Dock, Hong Kong, 1933

Construction of the Hong Kong Bank building, partial of the old City Hall building can be seen on the left side of the Hong Kong Bank, Hong Kong, 1933

Pottinger Street, steps up from Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong, 1933

Central view from Midlevels, Hong Kong, 1935

Daibatsh, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 1937

Aberdeen Street, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Bonham Strand, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Chinese women drive a truck, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Foods vendor at Gloucester Road, Wanchai. The old Luk Kwok Hotel can be seen in distance, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Fortuneteller, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Garden Road, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Hong Kong Bank, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Hong Kong hotel, circa 1930s

Hong Kong street scenes, circa 1930s

Hong Kong street scenes, circa 1930s

Hong Kong street scenes, circa 1930s

Hong Kong street scenes, circa 1930s

Hung Hom Beach, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Kowloon–Canton Railway, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Majestic Theater, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

New Territories hut, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Newspaper seller, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Queen's Road East, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Queen's Road East, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Sheung Wan view from the Peak, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Signal Hill, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Star Theater at Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Statue Square, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

The Peak Hotel, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Tsim Sha Tsui street scenes, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Typhoon Shelter, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

View from Mid-levels, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Water rationing, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Water rationing, Hong Kong, circa 1930s

Wing On department store, Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, circa 1930s




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