Local visit - Guns, Graves & Geckos: A Walk Around Mount Davis - Mr. David Bellis

  • Pokfield Road Bus Terminus Pok Fu Lam Road Southern District, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong

David Bellis takes us on a walk around Mount Davis. We will walk out from the city and enjoy the greenery and views out over the South China Sea.

David will point out items of interest as we walk, including:

  • The five graveyards. Which one you were buried in depended in how wealthy you were, what you died from, who your parents were, and what you believed in.
  • The three different countries' armies that occupied Mount Davis, and the pillboxes and gun emplacements they've left behind.
  • A colonial-era Black Jail. 
  • A Gecko-breeding centre.
  •   ... and many other items of local history.

Route

  • Start: Pokfield Road Bus Terminus on Pok Fu Lam Road.
  • Route: up Pok Fu Lam Road, around Mount Davis Road, up to Mt. Davis Fresh Water Service Reservoir, then down along Victoria Road. The surface is paved throughout.
  • Finish: the Kennedy Town Bus Terminus on Victoria Road.

Duration, Restriction & Self-pay Lunch

  • Duration: 4km / 2.5 miles, 2 – 2.5 hours, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
  • Restriction: Up to a maximum of 12 attendees. 
  • This walk will be followed by a self-pay lunch in Kennedy Town (Venue - TBC)

The Speaker

The walk is illustrated with historic maps and photographs of the area. David runs the popular local-history website, Gwulo.com. It hosts over 20,000 pages about old Hong Kong, including over 10,000 photos. In 2014 he received the SCMP Spirit of Hong Kong Award for Heritage Preservation. David has lived in and around Kennedy Town for over twenty years, and enjoys discovering and sharing its hidden history.

Date: Saturday, 18 February 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. (walk starts)

Venue: Please assemble at the Pokfield Road Bus Terminus on Pok Fu Lam Road

Admission: Free of charge for RASHK members

Booking: Please email membership@royalasiaticsociety.org.hk in advance to reserve your place.