Friday, 5 July 2013

Love is a Many-Splendored Thing - William Holden (1955) - Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong

Anyone who has seen this film will be familiar with the famous opening scenes involving an ambulance driving along Queen's Road with its siren blaring. It's quite easy to recognise the (relatively) narrow and shop house-lined confines of the road, but what has proven a bit harder is to find which bits we can actually see on film. However, here is a part that is identifiable courtesy of the Central Market looming up on the right.

What we have here is the section of Queen's Road between Queen Victoria Street and Jubilee Street. The small single storey building on then right is actually the back end annexe of the market which houses the public toilets ('single storey' is actually incorrect because the building is on a slope and so the annexe actually has two stories on its Jubilee Street frontage).

Here is a rough approximation of this view taken from Streetview. You can see the toilet block on the right - it's now covered partially by the Mid-levels escalator system.


  1. Wow, I would never in a million years be able to identify that as the same place.

    1. the sole remaining piece of evidence is the toilet block. Amazing how some places really have changed.