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The Hong Kong I Knew



Scenes and stories from a childhood in Kowloon.

Returning to Hong Kong in 1947 after the Japanese occupation, seven-year-old Mark Isaac-Williams had the whole of Kowloon as his playground. Billeted with his family in the once-grand but now dilapidated Peninsula Hotel, his life was replete with adventure - from the rooftop to the basement, he knew the hotel's every inch. Roller-skating and horseback riding in Kowloon's streets and paddling in the hotel's fountain were a child's dream after the privations of war. From rickshaws to firecrackers and ladies with bound feet to the ever-present rat problem and smelly beancurd vendors, the mystique of Hong Kong in the 1940s and 50s is brought to life by Mark's captivating and richly illustrated story.

  • Full colour
  • 88 Pages
  • 216mm x 216mm