The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong's Top District (Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Studies) (Hardcover)

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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 center 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.

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. Author's previous books: Irish Gunmakers, ISBN 978-988-17330-1-6; The Defences of Macau: Forts, Ships and Weapons over 450 Years, hardback ISBN 978-962-209-993-7, paperback ISBN 978-988-8028-49-8; The Lone Flag: Memoir of the British Consul in Macao during World War II, joint editor, hardback ISBN 978-988-8208-32-6


Product Details
ISBN: 9789887792703
ISBN-10: 9887792705
Publisher: Blacksmith Books
Publication Date: December 31st, 2018
Pages: 220
Language: English
Series: Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Studies