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What lies beneath the surface of life in Hong Kong?

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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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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Tenth birthday for Checkerboard Hill

This month marks the tenth birthday of this blog – thanks for the support and kind comments from all my readers, on what has been quite a trip down the rabbit hole of railway and engineering related minutiae! My first […]

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Hong Kong’s high density industrial areas

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on earth, but it isn’t just houses that are stacked up tall – factories and warehouses are as well. Towering industry Kwai Chung is full of twenty storey buildings dedicated […]

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