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Closure of Kai Tak Airport and the transfer to Chek Lap Kok

The closure of Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport in 1998 and the overnight switch to the new airport at Chek Lap Kok always intrigued me – how did they manage such a massive move?

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Farewelling the first generation MTR trains

The first trains ran on Hong Kong’s MTR network way back in 1979, and almost forty years later these trains still remain in service, albeit having been refurbished and upgraded a number of times.

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1983 timelapse tour of Hong Kong

Here is another YouTube find – this time a timelapse tour of Hong Kong dated 1983. Continue reading

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Riding the Hong Kong MTR in 1993

Here is another YouTube find – this time footage of the Mass Transit Railway during 1993-1994, filmed by the same person behind the KCR ride to Lu Wu. So what has changed in the 20 or so years since? Continue reading

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Hong Kong construction photos from mid-1990s

The 1990s was a massive decade for major infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, with the construction of the new Chek Lap Kok airport and associated transport connections occupying the city. Recently I discovered an extract of the book “15 Most Outstanding projects in Hong Kong” by Raymond Wong Wai Man, and it features construction photos from many of these projects.

Lantau Link at sunset Continue reading

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