In Hong Kong, many village houses had earthen floors until the 1950s, when locally produced concrete replaced them. Photo: SCMP
In Hong Kong, many village houses had earthen floors until the 1950s, when locally produced concrete replaced them. Photo: SCMP
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

When Hong Kong cement and tiles replaced the territory’s earthen floors in the 1950s, and spread to the rest of the world

  • From the 19th century, Hong Kong’s locally produced cement has been used to make concrete which is exported around the world
  • Glazed floor tiles and polished concrete took the place of the earthen floors in Hong Kong’s impoverished village houses in the 1950s

In Hong Kong, many village houses had earthen floors until the 1950s, when locally produced concrete replaced them. Photo: SCMP
In Hong Kong, many village houses had earthen floors until the 1950s, when locally produced concrete replaced them. Photo: SCMP
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