Daily Archives: August 7, 2016

Hong Kong’s most dreaded creepy-crawlies

Hong Kong has recorded at least 6,784 insect species – most of which are fairly benevolent. However, some are less friendly. HongWrong has collected a list of the city’s most dreaded creepy crawlies.

Nephila Pilipes Golden Golden orb-weaver

Also known as giant wood spiders or banana spiders, they feature a leg span of up to 20cm and often prey on snakes or small birds. They are one of the biggest spiders in the world and, if you fancy a visit to the lovely Lantau Silvermine waterfalls, expect to be absolutely surrounded by gaggles of these nightmarish arachnids. Hong Kong’s “Jumanji Island,” Tung Ping Chau, is also teeming with the damned things, ready and poised to devour your first-born child.

HKFP History: A brief visual history of the 1972 deadly Kotewall Road landslide

On June 18, 1972, a deadly landslide at Kotewall Road claimed 67 lives and injured 20. These photos, which depict the aftermath of the disaster, were taken with a Nikon F camera by a Flickr user, who was a teenager at the time living at Lyttelton Road – just one level below Kotewall Road. The negatives were recently recovered and scanned.

kotewall road landslide

First scene of the site the next morning. Photo: aetse via Flickr.