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Evolution of Hong Kong Transport
 
 
 
This is the third book in the series 'Evolution of Hong Kong ....' and whilst the previous two covered buses only, this covers the whole transport system, both past and present. Images on the front and rear covers give a good indication of its content. The book is hardbound and contains over 168 pages of high quality glossy paper. Colour photographs abound and the good news is, at least for those who can only read English, that text is in both English and Chinese! 

Following the Introduction and Contents pages, the earliest modes of Hong Kong transport are featured - sedan chairs, horse & carts, rickshaws, junks and sampans.

The first main section is Ferries (pp8-33), and this covers the various operators, including The Star Ferry, Hong Kong & Yaumati Ferry, New World First Ferry, Discovery Bay, Cross Border ferries, etc.

The Buses section (pp34-89) commences with a brief overview, before detailing the various operators including Kowloon Motor Bus, Long Win, China Motor Bus, New World First Bus and Citybus (combined), New Lantao Bus, MTR Bus and other smaller operators. The latest editions to the various fleets are included.

Taxis feature in the next section (pp90-97) from the good old Morris Oxford to the current Toyota Crown Comfort.

The next section features Public Light Buses (pp98-105), which gives a good background to this mode of transport and includes a selection of the different vehicles used over the years. 

Public Transport on Rails (pp106 - 145) includes the Peak Tram, Hong Kong Tramways (including the latest new tram no. 172), the railway link between China & Hong Kong, the MTR (Mass Transit Railway), East Light Rail, West Rail, Light Rail and Airport Express.

The final section (pp146-161) includes the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, the airports of Kai Tak and Chek Lap Kok, Cathay Pacific and other Hong Kong based airlines

The final four pages show copies of old fare and time-tables for various modes of transport, these being in Chinese but with an English description below each.


Another excellent book which gives the reader an insight into the history of the various modes of transport, and not just buses. Something I learnt was the fact that the public light buses used to have red waistrails, but to allow advertising along the side of the vehicles, the roof was painted instead. The english text is certainly a great help for those who can't read Chinese. Most photographs are a good size and there are some stunning double-page spreads. A must for any Hong Kong transport enthusiast and a bargain at just HK$198.

 
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 Title :  Evolution of Hong Kong Transport
 Authors :  Peter P W Kwok & H F Chan
 Published by :  80M Bus Model Shop
 Year of publication :  2010 (July)
 ISBN :  962-868-694-0
 Size :   267mm x 190mm
 Pages :   168 
 Price : Hardback  HK$ 198 
 

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