Firefighters struggle to control the blaze at the Wing On godown, in 1948.

How one of the worst fires in Hong Kong’s history started, taking the lives of 176 people

An explosion in a Wing On godown on Des Voeux Road West that contained dangerous goods sparked the blaze, which raged for hours, taking on ‘ever-more-menacing proportions’

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Firefighters struggle to control the blaze at the Wing On godown, in 1948.
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The Olympic torch, carried by runner J.M. Park, crosses Victoria Harbour on a boat, in 1964. Photo: China Mail

When the Olympic torch came to Hong Kong in 1964

  • Hong Kong was one of 12 cities through which the flame passed on its way from Greece to Japan for the 1964 Games, which was the first time the event was held in Asia
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The Olympic torch, carried by runner J.M. Park, crosses Victoria Harbour on a boat, in 1964. Photo: China Mail
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