PLACES – Shing Mun Redoubt, HK’s Secret WWII Tunnels 16


The remains of an extensive British military defensive line used against the Japanese stretch for 18km loosely tracing the border between Kowloon and the New Territories. The ‘Gin-Drinkers Line’ took 2 years to build and fell after just 2 days during the Battle of Hong Kong in December 1941. The deep defensive tunnels with ventilation shafts and observation points were named after London streets to make life easier – and more familiar – for the British soldiers based there.

If you’re happy to ignore the very real risk of a rogue rhesus macaque ripping one’s face off, many are still intact and can be walked through…

December 1941…

 

 

KMB bus 80 serves Kam Shan Country Park from Nathan Road.

Exploring forgotten corners of HK where nature is winning…

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