"...The island was covered by a heavy pall of smoke from fires started by air and artillery bombardment. Earlier, the Japanese Imperial Headquarters claimed that Japanese troops had landed at three points and had stormed a 1,500 foot dominating hill in the center of the island, despite strong British resistance...The report is true"
The following is a transcription of a radio broadcast from December 19, 1941. The "dominating hill at the center of (Hong Kong) island" is Mount Butler 畢拿山. Between the ridges of the surrounding hills is the site known as Wong Nai Chung Gap 黃泥涌峽. One of the fiercest battles during the invasion of Hong Kong in 1941 was fought here.
It's a much quieter place now of course. You’re more likely to encounter hiking families then invading armies and yet between the luxury apartments, tennis courts, and cricket clubs there is a hidden past that takes a little effort to reveal.
Hong Kong Sacred Spaces has the good fortune to be invited on a walk on the Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail by Mr. Bill Lake, local historian, and senior figure in the growing community of Pacific War specialists here in Hong Kong. He'll take us along the WNCG and highlight major events that transpired there. He'll also introduce us to Jardine's Lookout 渣甸山, a remote hunting lodge once used by the Jardin Matheson 怡和輪船公司 Company to manipulate local markets during the Age of Sail.
This event is open to everyone in the greater Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Community. The cost of this event is as follows: Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society Members $50, Non-members $100. Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society Membership is separate from Meetup and required that you complete a Membership form and pay an annual membership fee of $100. Please see http://bit.ly/2udlezN for details.
This walk will not be difficult for most people; however, September can still be quite hot and humid so please remember to wear comfortable clothing and sensible shoes (no sandals or anything with firm heels). Also, insect repellent and sunscreen are also advised. Water is a must!