Yearly Archives: 2021

‘Paid Passageway Validators’ at MTR stations

There are many interchange stations on Hong Kong’s MTR, but the connection between the Tuen Ma and Tsuen Wan lines at Mei Foo has something no other MTR stations have – ‘Paid Passageway Validators’. Photo by Prosperity Horizons, via Wikimedia […]

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Hong Kong’s road-rail fire trucks

Hong Kong’s Fire Services Department has a diverse fleet of firefighting apparatus that can handle any situation, and today I’m looking at their ‘Road Rail Fire Appliances’. Photo by 廣九直通車, via Wikimedia Commons This pair of fire trucks can operate […] Continue reading

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Rebranding a hotel

A few years ago I received a curious email after my visit to Hong Kong – an invitation to review the Travelodge Hotel in Kowloon, despite never having stayed there. After a moment of thought, I realised why I got […]

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Foreign flag carriers and flights to Taiwan

Taiwan’s relationship with Mainland China is a complicated one, and the dispute has spilled out into the world of aviation, after the People’s Republic of China objected to the flag carriers of foreign governments serving what they regarded as a […]

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Ventilation shafts across the MTR network

With a massive network of railway tunnels passing beneath Hong Kong, the MTR requires a plethora of ventilation shafts to supply fresh air to passengers underground, and remove smoke in an emergency situation. Early years of brutalism Ventilation shafts built […]

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