A series of historical images by renowned Scottish photographer John Thomson offer insights into a long lost Hong Kong between 1868 and 1872.

A Cantonese man (left) and lady (right), 1869-1871. Photo: John Thomson.

Thomson settled in Hong Kong in 1868 and set up a studio at the Commercial Bank building.

The harbour (left), Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Mar Nu peak (right), Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.

He spent the next four years documenting communities and landscapes around China and travelled extensively through then Canton, Peking and Shanghai.

Hong Kong from Killots Island, 1868. Photo: John Thomson.
Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.
The harbour, Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.
Lyndhurst Terrace (left), the harbour (right), Hong Kong, 1869. Photo: John Thomson.
Kowloon opposite Hong Kong. Photo: John Thomson
Avenue lined with colonial buildings, Hong Kong, 1869. Photo: John Thomson.
Hong Kong. Photo: John Thomson.
Kowloon , Hong Kong. Photo: John Thomson
A mendicant priest in Hong Kong, 1869. Photo: John Thomson.
Hong Kong. Photo: John Thomson.
The interior of a tea-house, Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.
A Chinese portrait artist, Hong Kong. Photo: John Thomson.
Rocks, trees and house, Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.
Rocks in Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.
City Hall, Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.
The Peak, The Albany building, Hong Kong. Photo: John Thomson
City Hall and neighbouring buildings, Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.
Shop-keeper, Hong Kong, 1871. Photo: John Thomson.
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.
Queen’s Road East, Hong Kong, 1868/1871. Photo: John Thomson.

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