# 30 Po Shan Road – another one bites the dust
Or at least gets turned into dust
I was doing a bit of looking around the other day for my other film location-related blog – after watching Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution – and decided to see whether or not # 30 had found some new owners/tenants.
Sadly it looks as though it does have new owners and instead of restoring the place to its former glory they have completely demolished it to make way for another high-priced mid-levels development.
In case you haven’t seen Lust, Caution (can’t blame you, it bored the tits off me) or have no idea which house I am talking about here is a grab (or two) from the film.
This place had exceptional style and is an example of the type of curvy art deco architecture that is rarely valued here in HK. I just wonder why no one was up in arms when it was announced this place was to be demolished – or perhaps it was just done sneakily? The residence was tucked away out of sight and out of mind right at the very top of the secluded Po Shan Road so I guess it’s not surprising that it came down without any fuss. Big big shame.
I never actually made it up there myself – although it has been on my to do list, and actually the building is still featured in Pete Spurrier’s excellent Heritage Hikers Guide to HK on the very first ‘hike’ around the Peak area. Sorry Pete, you’ll have to amend your book for the next print.
[EDIT 20/09: I leafed through the second edition of Pete's book in PAGEONE earlier today and can confirm the man was already way ahead of me and the book had already been changed]
Anyway, there is a nice picture of it courtesy of my friends at Urban Ghosts Media.
Here is the most recent grab taken from Streetview which shows just the empty plot (sniff sniff).