I found this photo of Nathan Road from a 1972 Hong Kong guidebook. It didn’t take me long to recognize familiar landmarks from the photos I’ve posted of 1962 and 1966 Kowloon.
The “EL” in the upper right corner looked familiar, like the same font used in the Sun Ya Hotel where my mom had stayed in 1962. And sure enough, to the left of these letters is the Sun Ya Restaurant and Nightclub.
Across the street, I see the ABC Bakery and the May May Department Store, two places I’d discovered in earlier photos of this same stretch of street.
In those earlier photos, I took notice of the police standing in little pagodas in the middle of the street, directing traffic during rush hour. But in this photo, those pagodas had already been replaced by traffic lights.