Yu Chun Yu compares new photos of Hong Kong with old ones

  • Hong Kong photographer Yu Chun Yu walked the region of Old Town Central with old vintage photos of it
  • He took his own snaps of exactly the same streets to chart how much they have changed over the years 
  • Tomorrow will mark 20 years since Britain returned Hong Kong to China on July 1st, 1997

Tomorrow will mark 20 years since Britain returned Hong Kong to China.

And to mark the occasion, one local photographer has recreated old photos of the region to chart its evolution. 

Mr Yu Chun Yu walked the streets of Old Town Central armed with a collection of vintage photos and shot contemporary scenes in exactly the same locations.

Pottinger Street, for example, otherwise known to locals as Stone Slabs Street thanks to its uneven paving, is one of Hong Kong’s oldest streets and unsurprisingly looks very different today compared to the 1930s.

And Queen’s Road Central, now a thriving shopping district, is almost unrecognisable when compared to a portrait of it from 1962, before it was dominated by skyscrapers.

Britain returned Hong Kong to China on July 1 1997, after governing the colony for 156 years.

Pottinger Street, otherwise known to locals as Stone Slabs Street thanks to its uneven paving, is one of Hong Kong's oldest streets

Pottinger Street, otherwise known to locals as Stone Slabs Street thanks to its uneven paving, is one of Hong Kong’s oldest streets

Pictured here in the 1930s, it was named   in 1858 after Hong Kong's first governor, Henry Pottinger, an English-Irish colonial administrator

Pictured here in the 1930s, it was named in 1858 after Hong Kong’s first governor, Henry Pottinger, an English-Irish colonial administrator

Queen's Road Central is now a thriving shopping district surrounded by glimmering skyscrapers

Queen’s Road Central is now a thriving shopping district surrounded by glimmering skyscrapers

Even back in 1962, the roads were populated with cars but there are no skyscrapers to block out the sky, and no road markings

Even back in 1962, the roads were populated with cars but there are no skyscrapers to block out the sky, and no road markings

This photo captures a different view over Queen¿s Road Central, this time facing eastbound, and presents another busy scene

This photo captures a different view over Queen’s Road Central, this time facing eastbound, and presents another busy scene

In 1962, a dog can be seen wandering around in the streets as pedestrians crowd the pavements lined with shops

In 1962, a dog can be seen wandering around in the streets as pedestrians crowd the pavements lined with shops

Today, the buildings on D'Aguilar Street bear flashy digital adverts and garish yellow road markers, but it wasn't always so

Today, the buildings on D’Aguilar Street bear flashy digital adverts and garish yellow road markers, but it wasn’t always so

D'Aguilar Street, seen here in 1952, was once known as 'Fashion Street', thanks to its abundance of tailor shops

D’Aguilar Street, seen here in 1952, was once known as ‘Fashion Street’, thanks to its abundance of tailor shops

Hollywood Road, seen here today, is the home of Man Mo Temple (left) which was built in 1847 to pay tribute to the God of Literature

Hollywood Road, seen here today, is the home of Man Mo Temple (left) which was built in 1847 to pay tribute to the God of Literature

This photo, circa 1905, presents a very different scene, and the area appears somewhat scruffier than it does these days

This photo, circa 1905, presents a very different scene, and the area appears somewhat scruffier than it does these days


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