Last week I posted photos from my first year in Hong Kong alongside those that I took last month. So today when I was looking through photos my mom and her parents shot in Hong Kong–going back 50 years ago–I realized just how many of those pictures mirrored ones my husband Tom took in April.
For instance, this is what my mom saw from the Peak in 1962.
And this is how it looks today.
Central has always been the most glamorous area of Hong Kong. Here’s a photo my mom took in 1962.
And this is another part of Central today.
This is the Hong Kong harbor front my mom saw in 1962.
And this is how Tom and I found it last month. (I don’t like the new ifc building, so I’ve left it out here on purpose!)
Junks were commonplace in Hong Kong even back in the 1970s. My grandparents took a photo of this one in 1974. It looks spooky.
You won’t see them now unless it’s this touristy one.
In 1974 my grandparents stayed at the Sheraton in Tsim Sha Tsui.
I wanted to be close to the harbor on Kowloon side, so Tom and I stayed near the Sheraton. This is what it looks like today.
My grandparents explored outdoor markets in 1965 with this American friend who lived in Hong Kong.
And this is a photo Tom took at another outdoor market (Ladies’ Street) last month. While each outdoor market is unique in its own way, I thought the overall look hadn’t changed too much.
Finally: the New Territories. My grandparents snapped this one in 1974.
And this is how it looks further north today, still developing, still growing.
As one friend once wrote, each time you visit Hong Kong you’ll find some things to be completely new and modern while at the same time some places haven’t changed in decades.