The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong's Top District (Approximately 80 colour photographs and 40 B&W images) (HK)
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The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong's Top District (Approximately 80 colour photographs and 40 B&W images) (HK)
Author Richard J. Garrett
Publisher Blacksmith Books
ISBN 9789887792703
Classification History > Other
Price HK$188.00
 
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The Peak is Hong Kong’s top residential district, where property prices are as high as the altitude. How did it become an exclusive enclave in the bustling business centre of 19th-century Asia?

The British wanted relief from summer heat and the Peak was the obvious place to escape it. When the Governor adopted Mountain Lodge as a summer getaway, development accelerated and the opening of the Peak Tram in 1888 made access easier. Gradually a community developed and a church, a club and a school were established.

This book describes how the now-popular tourist area developed over time and adapted as needs changed.


Sales handles:
* People now go to the Peak to enjoy the view, but this book gives an understanding of how the area
originated and developed over time
* Explains what it was like to live on the Peak in Victorian times, with transport such as sedan chairs
* Includes many period photographs
* Feeds a fascination with how the rich lived then and now


Audience:
* Hong Kong residents eager to learn about the heritage of where they live
* People with an interest in Asian and/or colonial history
* Tourists and business visitors wanting to know something about the city’s past
* Anyone interested in colonial architecture and the way Europeans adapted to living in subtropical climates


About the Author:

Richard Garrett came to Hong Kong in 1973 as a civil engineer. His work on planning the city’s infrastructure provided him with the opportunity to get to know the territory very well. Since retirement he writes about the history of its colonial era. He has a long association with the Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong and has lived on the Peak for over 40 years. His previous books include Irish Gunmakers; The Defences of Macau: Forts, Ships and Weapons over 450 Years; and The Lone Flag: Memoir of the British Consul in Macao during World War II (joint editor).


“As a civil engineer, historian, Peak resident for decades, and someone who knows the Peak area inside out, no one is better qualifed than Richard Garrett to write about it.

The author has traced the Peak District’s development over the past 150 years from its beginnings as a signal station and failed military sanatorium in and above the area of the present upper Peak Tram station. He has chronicled the whole through a close and painstaking examination of its building sites, and of the buildings old and new which have occupied them, thereby revealing its full extent, something not apparent to the casual visitor who travels there only by the funicular railway.

The result is a well-illustrated account containing a wealth of carefully researched and accurate facts that cannot fail but interest those who would like to know more about this fascinating and historic part of Hong Kong.”— Dr James Hayes, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University


CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2: FROM BARREN ROCK TO EXCLUSIVE REAL ESTATE
Mountain Lodge
Initial Access
The Early Building Lots
The Peak Tram
The Building Boom
Peak Restrictions
Climate Control
The War and Beyond

CHAPTER 3: SEDAN CHAIR PATH TO MOTOR ROAD
Addresses
The Early Roads
Late Nineteenth Century Additions
Military Roads
Twentieth Century Additions
The Arrival of the Motor Car
Garages and Filling Stations
The Final Additions

CHAPTER 4: SECLUSION ON MOUNT KELLETT ROAD
Mount Kellett
Mount Kellett Road from Jardine’s Corner – Right Hand (West) Side
Mount Kellett Road from Jardine’s Corner – Left Hand (East) Side
The Loop Road – Uphill Side
The Loop Road – Downhill Side

CHAPTER 5: CATERING FOR BODY AND SOUL
The Peak Church
The Peak Club
Peak Schools
Peak Hotels
Hospitals

CHAPTER 6: SECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Signal Station
Postal Services
Telephones
Police Stations
Military Facilities

CHAPTER 7: CONSTRUCTION AND UTILITIES
Peak Houses
Water Supply
Sanitary Aspects
Electricity
Gas
Public Transport

CHAPTER 8: QUARTERS ON THE PEAK
Government Quarters
Quarters for the Forces
Company Properties

CHAPTER 9: POST-WAR DEVELOPMENT
New Buildings
Shops and Restaurants
Hotels
Heritage
Conclusions

APPENDICES


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