Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold - Tamara Dobson (1975) - Connaught Centre, Central

These days it's called Jardine House but when it was originally built in the early 70's it was called tjhe Connaught Centre and was Hong Kong's highest building. In fact it was Hong Kong's very first official skyscraper. I must admit that I had no idea the central walkway system (or at least the part around here) was also quite so old. Anyway, see for yourself.


Look carefully and you can just see the Furama Hotel in the background with its signature round restaurant at the top and top of the Mandarin Oriental on the far right. This means we are looking from the west to the east, so here is a reasonable comparison courtesy of Streetview.


I'm a bit curious about the green metallic walkway in the screen grabs. First glance makes it look like a precursor to the modern glass version you see in the Streetview capture, however, I suspect that this may have been the conveyor belt from the harbourfront to the General Post Office - carrying bulk mail from the office to and from the post office boats. Can anyone confirm?

2 comments:

  1. Hi Phil,

    Yes, that was the covered conveyor system of the GPO.

    T

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