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Transformation of Hong Kong in the past century – Eastern District

In this seminar, you will be guided through the century-long evolution of Hong Kong's Eastern District via pictures taken in the old times.

Thu 11 Apr 2019
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
RICS Hong Kong Office, Room 3707-09, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Road East , Wanchai, Hong Kong
2 hours CPD



Urban development in the past century has turned Hong Kong from a small and isolated fishing village in the remote southern China into a modern metropolis. During the course of the development, Hong Kong has reclaimed land, and created infrastructure and building assets to meet the needs of people and its own evolution.

Now the area of Fortress Hill to Siu Sai Wan, the Eastern District was originally a backwater of fishing villages, quarries and dockyards on the northern eastern part of Hong Kong Island. It made up most of the Hong Kong Island's north shore, and was served by tramways running from its east to the west. Though the district has undergone tremendous urbanisation, we can still identify traces of characters and features unique to an individual community that once existed along the coastline of the Island.

In addition to recalling collective memory, these carefully selected photos will reveal the transformation of urban landscape and community with time, allowing us to understand the history and stories behind city development. The speaker will explain how infrastructural development transforms a district, from a tiny neighbourhood that made up of a King's Road served by tramway, into the second highest populated district in Hong Kong now.

Meet the speaker

Mr Cheng Po Hung, Manager, Commonwealth Stamp & Coin Co.

Mr Cheng Po Hung is a well-known collector of Hong Kong historical materials, specializing in postcards, photographs, banknotes, stamps, and documents. Cheng experts at the history and culture during Colonial Hong Kong, the Japanese occupation, as well as local history. He is often invited to give talks and lectures on Hong Kong's history for various institutions and organisations.

At present he is an honorary adviser of the Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong. He is also the Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Hong Kong Numismatic Society, Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Stamp & Coin Dealers Association and Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Collectors’ Society. Mr Cheng has published more than 30 publications including the "Hong Kong Through Postcards, 1940's-1970's (1997)" and "Hong Kong Urban Development (2018)".


For enquiries or further information, please contact Mr Peter Au, RICS Business Development Manager, on +852 2116 9719 or

  • RICS Professionals HK$350
  • Non-RICS Professionals HK$400
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