Candid Hong Kong – unearthed cannon

Every fortnight week I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

Near to where I live in Hung Hom is a very large estate called Whampoa Gardens, which was built on a shipyard run by the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company Limited. Most visitors to this area are immediately struck by the massive fake ship in the middle of the estate (the bow of which can be seen in the photo below) which was built in recognition of the area’s past. The boat houses some restaurants and part of the Aeon department store so it’s not really very boat-y at all!

But just to the side of the boat is something else, something that I didn’t notice until I had lived in Hung Hom for a while – a cannon!

160621 Candid Hong Kong Whampoa cannon

I’ve taken a photo (below) of the plaque next to the cannon which explains that the cannon was unearthed during the construction of the Whampoa Gardens estate and is thought to be from an old warship. Things in Hong Kong don’t stay the same for long, so this was a nice acknowledgement of a piece of its history.

160621 Candid Hong Kong Whampoa cannon inscription

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