Category Archives: Everyday Life

What lies beneath the surface of life in Hong Kong?

Powering the MTR Light Rail network

The MTR Light Rail system in Hong Kong comprises of 68 stations on 36.2 km of route, served by 150 light rail vehicles. But how are they all powered? How it works The system is electrified using 750V DC overhead […]

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Hong Kong’s archaic English and ‘Litter cum Recyclable Collection Bins’

There is something that seemingly every English speaking tourist snickers about when visiting Hong Kong – the “Litter cum Recyclable Collection Bins” found on every street corner. In this case “cum” is the archaic Latin word which means “combined with” […]

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Hong Kong’s most useless road – Airport Tunnel on Chek Lap Kok

Hong Kong has dozens of road tunnels passing under Victoria Harbour and through the numerous mountain ranges. But there is one road tunnel that is absolutely useless – the Airport Tunnel on Chek Lap Kok. and was built as part […]

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Books for learning Hong Kong Cantonese

My son has always been interested in learning Cantonese, so our last trip to Hong Kong we did the rounds of bookshops, trying to find a book on the subject. We ended up buying a copy of “Illustrated Hong Kong […]

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Miniature fire trucks and ambulances

Hong Kong is a big city. With fire and ambulance stations like any other city. Fire trucks. And ambulances. But the streets of Hong Kong’s outlying islands are far narrower. So they use miniature fire trucks. And ambulances – but […]

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