Books About Hong Kong

We've collected a number of books about Hong Kong over the years. You'll find all of them here, novels and written works, with a brief comment. We've supplied the name of the author and book number but unfortunately not all remain in print. If you're interested in 'The Barren Rock' at least one of these may be a good read. 

This is a beautiful presentation of a number of historical maps of Hong Kong and the surrounding territories. It includes maps drawn from the earliest days of the territory from 1425 up to the present day. We're not sure whether it's available any longer as it appears to be marked as 'Currently Unavailable' at most stores. We purchased our copy from the Hong Kong Government printing services around 20 years ago. It takes pride of place in the collection but needs space all to itself because it is an oversized volume.
If you need to see a historical map of the territory of Hong Kong then this volume is a must-have.
  • Author: Hal Empson, Government Information Services (HK)
  • ASIN: B001OIE88M (Currently Unavailable)

Historical PicturesA beautiful coffe-table publication in Chinese and English of a number of historical paintings in three themes: Hong Kong through the ages, Macau in a series of views and a picturesque voyage to Guangzhou. Around 92 large pages with wonderful reproductions of paintings covering around 300 years of art from the 16th to 19th centuries.

  • Author: Hong Kong Museum of Art (2nd Edition, 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 9622151027

Rare 1860s PhotographsAn extremely satisfying book consisting of reprints of approximately 36 photographs of Hong Kong and its environment in and around 1860.

  • Author: Arthur Hacker (1997)
  • ISBN-10: 9628515918
Part biography, part historical record this book documents Chris Patten's Governorship of Hong Kong from his appointment in June 1992 until the territory was returned to the Chinese in July 1997. 
  • Author: Jonathan Dimleby
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751522723

An impressive piece of work - perhaps the best concise up-to-date history of Hong Kong we have.

  • Author: Frank Walsh
  • ISBN-10: 1568360029

A portrait of the British Empire's last, most anachronistic outpost - tragically suspended between a colonial past and the uncertainties of China's future.

  • Author: Jan Morris
  • ISBN-10: 0140083073

A splendid guide to the complexities of the China relationship and the run-down to 1997.

  • Author: Robert Cottrell
  • ISBN-10: 0719549922

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