Day Five. My wife was born in Hong Kong while her parents were out here many years ago attached to the military. Having just celebrated a significant birthday, this trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity for her to return to the place of her birth.

Today we planned on exploring the neighbourhood where she was raised, up until the age of two when the family returned to the UK onboard a steamship. We were fortunate in having some old airmail correspondence with the address on it, together with lots of family colour slides taken at that time. So we traveled North a few stops on the MTR to Shek Kip Mei station, and began exploring. We quickly located the right area, and although the buildings have changed over the years the original street layout remains the same.

House on the corner of Cassia Road, Yau Yat Chuen
House on the corner of Cassia Road, Yau Yat Chuen

The small rest garden directly opposite the house had also matured somewhat over the years – no longer freshly-planted grassy space, it’s now dominated by a huge tropical tree.

The Magnolia Road Rest Garden
The Magnolia Road Rest Garden

We began heading back towards Nathan Road, the main thoroughfare in Kowloon, and soon found another scene from those early slideshows – a recreation ground which we think was  originally connected with the Police Sports and Recreation Club.

The nearby Tai Hang Tung Recreation Ground
The nearby Tai Hang Tung Recreation Ground

Once onto Nathan Road, we made our way back slowly through the various street markets and shops of Mong Kok (bagging one or two bargain souvenirs along the way!)

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