ANON. Hong Kong Hotel.
Original Hotel luggage label, c.1940. 115 x 155 mm.
The Hong Kong Hotel was Hong Kong's first luxury Hotel modelled after sumptuous London Hotels. It opened on Queens Road and Pedder Street in 1868, later expanding into the Victoria Harbour waterfront.
The Hotel provided a special launch to meet arriving passengers on incoming ships and ferry them direct to the Hotels pier.
Before the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in December 1941 civilians and Hong Kong Government officials had to assemble at the Hotel for evacuation to Australia. The Hotel closed in 1952.