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43222 - Volvo Olympian/Alexander
Kowloon Motor Bus
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The model - Released in Hong Kong on 18th June 1999, is the Dragon Boat Festival liveried Olympian. KMB continue to use Olympians for their all-over liveries, being reluctant to use their champagne coloured Tridents, of which they are very proud.

Quantities of this model have appeared in the UK, and indeed the model was included in Corgi's "Millennium" Catalogue, giving a release date of November 1999.

The bus - AV405 is one of a batch of over 500 11-metre air-conditioned Volvo Olympians which entered service with KMB between 1994 and September 1998. This particular vehicle entered service on 10th March 1998.

History of the Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival

The Tuen Ng Festival is one of the oldest of Cantonese festivals, held to commemorate the Chinese hero Ch'u Yuen, an advisor to the king who committed suicide by jumping in a river in Hunan Province and drowning, in protest against a corrupt third century-BC government. The local people tried to save him in their boats, while others threw rice dumplings into the water to feed the fish that would otherwise have eaten his body.

Today the festival is celebrated in June (fifth day of the fifth moon) with noisy dragon boat races, narrow rowing boats with a dragon's head and tail - throughout the territory, whilst rice dumplings are eaten too. The boats are crewed by anything up to eighty people (though most are smaller), the oarstrokes set by a drummer, and the races are accompanied by cymbals and watched from scores of junks and launches. Races take place in many places, particularly on the Sha Tin waterfront, where it has become a major spectacle. There are races too at Tai Po, Stanley, Aberdeen and Yau Ma Tei. Since 1976 there has been an annual International Dragon Boat Race, with teams from all over the world competing.
 

 
 Manufacturer of model  Corgi
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Volvo Olympian
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander Royale
 Prototype length  11 metre
 Fleet number  AV 405 (not carried)
 Registration number  HR 1918
 Route number  89X
 Destination  Dragon Boat Festival  (in Chinese)
 Commissioned by  Kowloon Motor Bus
 Quantity (total)  10,000
 
Hong Kong
United Kingdom
 Quantity
7,500*
2,500*
 Date released
18 June 1999
October 1999
*   these figures may not be accurate.

   

 

 
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