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Hong Kong, as it once was, is now well beyond the reach of living memory. Nobody alive can claim to have experienced this city in its classic age, when it captured the imaginations of such writers as Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling and Jules Verne. Today all we have to go on is the written word and the photographic plate. This volume attempts to delineate the contours of that lost world when Hong Kong was very different to the one we know, but it was just as valid. And without those recollections, we would have been denied our legacy and left with nothing to build upon.