How did people live 100 years ago and 50 years ago?

Read below to find out.

Hong Kong was just a fishing village 100 years ago. There were not many people and not many buildings. Most people in Hong Kong lived in small village houses or even on fishing boats. Some people lived in towns.

There was only a few shops and restaurants.

Bonham Street

De Voueux Road

Victoria Harbour

Fishing boats

50 years ago more people started to move to Hong Kong. Hong Kong became a city and people moved into towns. There was more shops and restaurants.

Some people still lived in shanty towns. Shanty towns are villages made of scrap metal and rubbish. They were for poor people.

Click on the link to see a video of a Hong Kong shanty town in 1964.

Most people lived in houses and buildings were not very tall.

The airport was in Kowloon and you could see inside peoples houses when you were landing.

Victoria Harbour

Kai Tak airport

Tsin Tsa Tsui


Nowadays there are more than 7 million people in Hong Kong. Most people live in apartments in tall buildings (skyscrapers).

Hong Kong also has many shops, restaurants and department stores.

Many Hong Kong apartment buildings

Sogo Department Store ©