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furkidsinhk Beacon Hill, Kowloon Peninsula.

@panglap and I make the short 1 hour hike up the single lane concrete road. Trees line both sides of the road providing shade. It is late afternoon and a few hikers and joggers pass us in the opposite direction. We pass a few rest stops, some built by regular hikers. We pass half a dozen or so macaques too, one walking alongside us part of the way, another lying in the middle of the road, relaxed and unperturbed by our presence. A few small waterfalls provide the only ambient sound - noise from the now distant city is a welcome absence.

We reach the top and climb up a small mound for a view of Kowloon, Hong Kong island across the harbour, and the outlying islands to it's right. We moved to a mound behind us that seemed to offer a better view. Atop, a lone young male photographer had set up his tripod, ready to shoot sunset over the peninsula. "Hi, I'm Pete" , and he replies, "Hi, I'm Ken". The three of us spent the next hour or so watching, capturing the sunset. When it was dark, we headed back down to the city. We spot two fireflies, one beside a small waterfall, another further down among the trees. I felt glad....fireflies are a rarity now in HK.

Ken tells @panglap and I, that he is from Taiwan, studying in the USA, and here in HK for his summer holidays. We talk a bit about life in all these places, and as a student.

Thank you Ken @lkenttt for the chat, and I wish you luck and success in your studies and future career as a police inspector. And thank you too @panglap for sharing the wonderful evening with me.

2:20am. Signing out and goodnight. * @trurogirl .... In my mind when I was there. Love and miss you dear sis.
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furkidsinhk Wishing everyone health and happiness in 2014. 12mon

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furkidsinhk 24-38 Tonkin Street (東京街), Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong.
An area inhabited since at least the Neolithic period. Not far away lies the Han Dynasty Tomb that has been converted into a museum.

Much has changed here in Sham Shui Po (lit. Deep water pier) and the last decade has seen much demolition particularly of old Chinese buildings built 1940s-1960s. This building is the very last from that era on Tonkin Street, the last standing reminder of a way of life of that time, that will meet the same fate as the others in the immediate future.

I took this photo on what was once a nullah that started from the hills on the left, to the sea out of frame to the right. WW2 era bombs were found here during it's filling in, in April 2006.

These buildings have no name, and is listed simply as 24-38 Tonkin Street. They are made up of thirteen buildings standing side by side, the left building is 4-storeys tall, with a row of illegal rooftop housing made from tin sheet.

A last look at the last block of old buildings on Tonkin Street. And a farewell to the 'Ruby Shoes Manufacturer' (first floor), newspaper vendor, Chinese bonesetter, Doctors, noodle-maker, and the last of the 304 occupants. Though they will soon be gone, I hope they, the buildings on '24-38 Tonkin Street', and all that is genuinely Hong Kong will never be forgotten.

Hong Kong Buildings Part 126.

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  •   yeggi_ Thank you Pete for sharing. 1y
  •   joemagers So cool! 1y
  •   hoshiho Love so much 1y
  •   tanyaya Super nice !! 1y
  •   hsalnikow Love it 1y
  •   trurogirl A travesty and a tragedy that historic HK's multi-use buildings are being destroyed! You are immortalizing them with your stunning portraits, my dearest Bro. I would love to have a book of these. Love you heaps 1y
  •   magggieye Long time no see your pic !!! I miss your shots !!! 1y
  •   tamarindeq miss your pictures so much 1y

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furkidsinhk 8-storey mixed-use residential building built 1961. 50 Un Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong.

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  •   chucklesgram Havent seen ur post in ages! @furkidsinhk missed ur photos. And the irony of seeing your photo again when i just left hong kong (today)! 1y
  •   hellomw Nice to see you again! 1y
  •   jethromullen Yes! This is vintage FurKids. Love it. 1y
  •   panglap A very furkids pic! 1y
  •   zirosou long time no see!! 1y
  •   ngchorguan Awesome! 1y
  •   waychan Cool!! 1y
  •   trurogirl Brings me back to when we first met here, my Bro. I came to adore HK's wonderful buildings because of these, your signature photos! Always stunning and filled with love for HK and respect for the past. Thank you for sharing your unique and special talent with all of us on IG. Love you 1y

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  •   furkidsinhk Much thanks Neslin @nesln 1y
  •   furkidsinhk Dor Jeh @ardisblossom 1y
  •   furkidsinhk Thanks Jen. Why does next Summer seem so far away @jennihsurf 1y
  •   furkidsinhk Thank you dearest sis. You're always so kind @trurogirl 1y
  •   trurogirl It is easy to be kind to one as kind as you, my cherished bro 1y
  •   joanlausc @furkidsinhk Maybe so but not many with as big a heart. And that counts more :) 1y
  •   imj Thank you so much for bringing an experience of a serene morning in HK. Just want I needed before diving into another week of craziness at work. Awesome video. Love your post. 1y
  •   chrisshentw How peaceful!!!! Love it!!!! 1y

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furkidsinhk My home - fast and slow.

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Dedicated to my dear God-sis @trurogirl
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furkidsinhk Reclaimed land (part 2). Much of Kowloon Bay was, like parts of Kwai Fong, originally the sea. And again, sharing something else with Kwai Fong, is that it also had a bay nicknamed "Lap Sap Wan" (Refuse Bay) as it too was used as a landfill and consequently reclaimed.

Reclamation was done in several stages, mostly from the 1930's till the 1970's.

A popular brand of Chinese condiment manufacturer called Amoy Canning Food Ltd, moved their production plant from Xiamen in mainland China to here in 1924, the catalyst to what made Kowloon Bay (and nearby Kwun Tong) an industrial area.

In the 1980's, the original site was redeveloped into the present day residential estate, Amoy Gardens.

Like much of Hong Kong, the land here was owned mostly by farmers and villagers, passed down generation after generation. Since the colonialization by the British, to the handover back to China and to the present day, land owners are no more the poor and simple farmers, but rather two consecutive nations, property tycoons and billionaire investors from the mainland.

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furkidsinhk Once upon a tide.

Skyline of (part of) Kwai Fong. Currently mainly residential mixed with smaller industrial areas.

All the buildings here were built no earlier than 1960's, as this was still (including where I am standing) a part of Gin Drinkers Bay. Only one building (pink building centre) from that period can be seen here.

Gin Drinkers Bay was called 'Lap Sap Wan' by the local Chinese. 'Lap Sap Wan' literally meant 'Rubbish Bay'. Tsing Yi island stands a few kilometres to my left, separated from the mainland here by a narrow stretch of water called Rambler Channel. An August 1905 map of Hong Kong by the (British) War Office shows that there were three small islands that was linked to be part of the mainland by reclamation. Locals may be surprised to know they were called Ping Chau and Cheung Chau - of which are the same names of two other islands south of Hong Kong. These two islands are now the outer stretches supporting two bridges connecting the mainland with Tsing Yi (Tsing Tsuen Road/Bridge and Tsing Yi Bridge, respectively). I am standing here with @panglap. We watch planes flying low, on their approach to the airport some distance away. We see, then lose sight of them, and see them again flying behind the buildings.

Any of the passengers looking out their window would see what were once green gentle waves, now replaced by green blades of grass.

Home for Tanka fishermen and their families moored here in their fishing junks a century ago, it is home now to 20,000 of todays Hong Kong people, in what was once a little bay called 'Lap Sap Wan'. #discoverhongkong
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furkidsinhk 'Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.' William Bennett

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furkidsinhk I saw two clouds at morning
Tinged by the rising sun,
And in the dawn they floated on
And mingled into one. - John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

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furkidsinhk Hong Kong Buildings Part 123

The Mong Kok Fire Station located at the junction of Prince Edward Road West and Tong Mei Road.

Established in 1952, it is the Divisional Headquarters of the Kowloon West Division. The 6-bay fire station has a force of 130 and on average, handles 120 fire calls and 1107 ambulance calls per month.

This old and modest structure appeals to me more than any of the other new, modern ones surrounding it.

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furkidsinhk Hong Kong Buildings Part 122.

5 storey buildings in Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong. The building (centre to right, built September 1958) stands on 1-15 Fuk Tsun Road. The pink building (behind left, built December 1959) stands on 2, 2A and 2B Anchor Street. Both cover a total of 726 square metres.

An area, in 1860, where Hong Kong's Chinese population gathered and stood beside the sea prior to extensive reclamation not long after the cession of Kowloon to the British. Large numbers of warehouses and dockyards replaced the rural farmland. These include the Cosmopolitan Dock (later acquired in 1880 by the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd). In 1920, a shipyard owned by the Hong Kong and Yaumatei Ferry Co. Ltd. was built.

Building of these 2 roads began in 1899. In the early days, Tai Kok Tsui was accessible only by ferry from a pier situated in a nearby typhoon shelter.

From 1907 onwards till the 1960s, the area turned into Hong Kong's major industrial district. It was during the mid-1950s that various apartment-style buildings were erected. These two are among the last from that era.

Scheduled to be torn down in the coming months, all of its residential units are now empty, as are the small, family-run shops and clinics on the ground floor. And soon, the last of old Tai Kok Tsui will be gone forever.

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  •   trurogirl Such a tragedy...these mixed-use structures are the lifeblood of a city, to be replaced by sterile, soulless buildings!! When will HK realize that destroying the past is not 'progress'? Sad news, my dear Bro 1y
  •   chiseen Sad to hear 1y
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  •   ponytail23 Oh... there will be one less old building to look up at 1y
  •   kohji405mi16 welcome back, building series! 1y
  •   hoshiho I agree with trurogirl...sad news indeed! 1y
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  •   moss_man It is a beautiful building and I always enjoyed walking past it on the way home. It is a true shame that Hong Kongs Urban Development direction seems to be completely unaware of just how unique and charming all of these buildings from the 20-50's really are. Would be a really cool area to renovate. 1y

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furkidsinhk “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” - Mark Twain

A friendly fisherdog in Tai O. He'd swim out to bite and catch small fish swimming in this sea that narrows into a river metres to the right, where stilt houses line both banks.

Collab with @panglap

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furkidsinhk Hong Kong Buildings Part 121.

A public housing building called 'Kai King Lau', the tallest of 8 that make up Cho Yiu Estate.

Construction of the estate began in 1976, covering 799,227 sq. ft. It contains 2,532 units of sizes from 166.99-766.40 sq. ft.

This building is 38 storeys in height and construction was completed in 1979, and was the tallest public housing building in the world at the time.

Designed by the P&T Group (formerly known as Palmer and Turner Hong Kong), their origins date back to 1868. Responsible for the design of many of Hong Kong's buildings, from St Peter's Church (1872), the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank (1883), Hong Kong Club (1887) and the Chartered Bank (1894), to the present day Exchange Square, Landmark, Ruttonjee Centre and Olympic Station, to name a few.

They were also responsible for changing the skyline of other Asian cities. Among them are Singapore (Singapore Land Tower, Standard Chartered Bank building, AIA Tower, Phoenix Tower, Reuters Computer Centre, Tampines Neighbourhood 4), Malaysia (The Palace at Johor Bahru 1939), and Shanghai (the infamous Peace Hotel 1932). I was pleasantly surprised to find the background behind this humble public housing building that hundreds call home and, including myself whenever I walk past, rarely paid any attention to, and probably more so thankful to the 145 year old architectural firm, for helping shape and make Hong Kong what it was, and is today.

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  •   rambler15 I love Cho Yiu as well! The space & community design is so incomparable to recently-built so-called estates/gardens/whatever 2y
  •   zirosou that's company was designed BANK in YOKOHAMA,JAPAN. 2y
  •   looking_glass I love that you give the back story to your pictures. It is always well researched and succinctly delivered with a slice of your thoughts. A nice balance. Thank you for taking the time to share. And I'm back =) 2y
  •   fhung What a history! Impressive architectural firm! Thanks, Pete! 2y
  •   ponytail23 Your building series is back, hurray!! 2y
  •   trurogirl Can I tell you something?? It makes me SO happy to see your iconic shots of HK buildings and to read your fascinating commentary!! I am in awe of you, dearest Bro 2y
  •   joemagers Nice! Informative commentary. 2y
  •   musicdizzie Wish I could go 2y

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furkidsinhk Three hundred and sixty homes. One sky.

Looking up from the middle of Lok Yiu House.

One of 5 buildings that make up Lai Yiu Public Housing Estate. This was the first public housing estate in Hong Kong to receive piped gas (1976). Two of these buildings are joined joined at its corners to resemble a figure 8 from above. There are 16 units to each floor in this 20 storey building. Ground floor units are mostly shops or private clinics. A tenant would have 15 families as their neighbours, living beside and directly opposite them. Because of the proximity to one another, and that many households prefer to leave their doors open (for more air circulation), this generally brought about a far friendlier, closer knit and unpretentious community compared to the modern buildings of today.

A few buildings of this design still survive in several other public housing estates, dotted around the territory, such as Oi Man Estate- a favourite for many local Instagramers.

Because of these building's old age (by Hong Kong's standards), it is likely, and unfortunate, that they will be demolished to make way for newer structures in the not too distant future, taking with it a way of life, a close community, and a part of old Hong Kong.

Some say modernization is inevitable, unavoidable. But is designing buildings in a way that distances people from one another, inevitable and unavoidable too? Designs can only be based on aesthetics (and profit) and not community? I disagree.

Hong Kong Buildings Part 120.

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  •   kel_hk22 I had the same impression, Candy! @panglap 2y
  •   kagrace A photo with meaning and heart. I can feel it hear it when I see it. @furkidsinhk 2y
  •   rambler15 can't agree more ... That's pitiful 2y
  •   joemagers Amazing! 2y
  •   trurogirl Amazing image, dearest Bro! So emblematic of HK, and sadly, a way of life that is being replaced by 'progress'...exactly the issue which brought me to your incredible photos and stories. No one tells HK's stories like you 2y
  •   angushoyin Great to read your write up again Pete 2y
  •   chucklesgram An amazing photo! @furkidsinhk 2y

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furkidsinhk “I love the silent hour of night, for blissful dreams may then arise, revealing to my charmed sight what may not bless my waking eyes.” Anne Brontë

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furkidsinhk Such beautiful weather today. The skies are so clear it reminds me of the night I went photographing star trails. Hope you don't mind the repost.

Perhaps tonight is a good night to shoot again. Maybe.

Have a nice evening everyone.

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  •   ghotane_d Beautiful!! Really missing starry nights. Tap Mun is on my "places to go list", but are there any other places to see stars around? 2y
  •   xjaycee Omggg is that a meteor shower ?! 2y
  •   marcuscheah cool 2y
  •   alilfatmonkey Enjoy your shoot! 2y
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  •   joanlausc @furkidsinhk Star trails ftw! 2y
  •   trurogirl How could I mind seeing something so truly beautiful again...? These are the footprints of the stars as they journey across the heavens...thank you for sharing them with us, my cherished Bro!! 2y

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furkidsinhk We are all passengers onboard a spaceship called Earth.

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Put in Stormtroopers, R2D2 and C3PO and we have a scene straight out from #StarWars #MovieScenes
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furkidsinhk The thunderstorms stopped and the clouds parted, just for a short while. Just long enough for the sun to come out and say goodbye.

Come back soon Mr Sunshine.

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