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Shek O Bus Terminus - updated May 2021
   
This page was created following the release, in March 2005, of a model of a China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk V double-deck bus with a diorama of Shek O Bus Terminus. The page has been updated several times since then, with the addition of numerous photographs spanning the life of the bus terminus and recording the various bus types using the terminus during this time.
   
   
Above photograph courtesy and copyright of Andrew Suddaby 367 Association.

This photograph is believed to have been taken in 1958 and shows the terminus in pristine condition. I am grateful Andrew Suddaby for allowing me to share this photograph and also to the website "Gwulo: Old Hong Hong", where I came across the photograph, for their assistance. The site features over 30,000 pages about old Hong Kong and I would strongly recommend you take a look.
   
This photograph dates from a little later - 2020 in fact and is the re-issued model of the terminus (see below).
   
    
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Photograph of the diorama - courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
   
This is a photograph of the Best Choose China Motor (CMB) Bus Guy Arab Mk V with the diorama (02046S). Following the creation of this page, regular contributor Donald MacRae kindly sent me a couple of photos he took at the terminus in October 1995. These show China Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk 2 LV138 leaving the terminus and heading back to Shau Kei Wan on Route 9.
 
Having visited Shek O myself in November 2002, it prompted me to look out the photos l took. The Guy Arabs of CMB had gone, as had the company itself!  Plenty of low floor buses of New World First Bus were in evidence, these being short (10.3 metre) Dennis Tridents with a low-height Duple Metsec body, some of which were a only a few months old when photographed.

 
   
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On the left is China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk V M17 taken in 1983 whilst two years later, in 1985rebodied Guy Arab Mk V LX344 is captured in the same location.
 Photographs courtesy and copyright of John G Lidstone.
      
John is renowned for his huge collection of transport photographs and his Flickr site contains almost 100,000 photographs, so well worth a look. 
The above photographs are taken from his albums, CMB Snapshot 1983 and CMB Snapshot 1985.
   
   
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China Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk 2 LV 138
October 1995
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae.
   
Donald has a superb collection of bus photographs, totalling over 80,000 on his SmugMug site, so well worth a look.
   
   
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New World First Bus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents 3319 (left) and 3348/3347 (right) .
November 2002
 
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Following the above appeal, Winston Lau and Dave Rogers were both very quick off the mark, sending me the above photographs which capture the terminus building extremely well. Winston's photo (left) shows CMB Leyland Victory LV131 just arriving whilst Dave's, taken in March 2002, shows NWFB Trident 3321.
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Winston Lau and Dave Rogers.
   
    
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I am extremely grateful to Eric for kindly providing these excellent shots of Shek O.
   
   
A further visit on 25th November 2009 saw me arrive on Trident 3340 and leave on 3331. Clear blue skies were evident and the beach idyllic!
   
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My thanks to David Howlett, not only for sending me this photograph taken on 12th November 2013, but also for advising that the terminus had received a higher historical status.
   
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The following is the article that appeared in the South China Morning post on 11th September 2013
   

A 58-year-old bus terminus that was in a Hollywood movie scene will get a higher historical status, government heritage advisers have decided.

The terminus, which was featured in Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film Contagion starring Matt Damon and Jude Law, was built in Shek O in 1955 by the now-defunct China Motor Bus, which operated routes on Hong Kong Island. It was used as a watchman's quarters and garage.

The two-storey privately owned building was one of the few non-residential architectural examples still standing in the Southern District, the Antiquities Advisory Board noted at its meeting yesterday.

A lower grade-three status had been initially proposed, but many on the 23-member board, as well as Shek O residents, believed it merited a higher rating.

"The building was constructed in a very unique cantilevered style. The assessment panel has decided to upgrade it from grade three to grade two," board chairman Andrew Lam Siu-lo said as he announced the majority decision.

"The grading reflects the special merits of higher architectural and heritage value."

The terminus, which sits on government land, is known for its large cantilevered balcony, mono-pitched flat roof and art-deco lettering on the fascia.

The board concluded the building was designed in a unique Bauhaus style of architecture, which promotes clean, modern lines and functionality.

A changing room previously occupied the upper floor, with an office on the lower floor. Drivers of CMB, which once held a monopoly on Hong Kong Island bus routes, used the building as a rest area after long trips into Shek O.

He said the board endorsed the conversion of old buildings for new uses as long as mitigation measures were put in place to safeguard architectural, design and heritage values

   
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New World First Bus 3846 ADL 'facelift' Enviro400 seen here in October 2019 undergoing route training.
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Filmnbus
UPDATE - July 2020
   
In early May 2020 I was contacted by Emily Verla Bovino, an Art History Professor based in Hong Kong, who was researching the bus terminus and who had come across my site in doing so. She was interested in the diorama of the terminus released by Best Choose back in 2005. After an exchange of e-mails, and a Skype conversation, and more emails, the finished article was published online in PIN-UP  magazine on 9th July 2020 (see below). Thanks to Philip Chan, who had similar conversations with Emily, and whose photographs of the diorama were published, along with Donald MacRae and Dave Rogers for allowing the use of their photographs in the article.

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Following the release by Tiny of their two unlicensed Citybus ADL Enviro400s in June 2020, Singson Wong posted a photograph of one of these models placed on the diorama where previously the China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk V had rested.

Singson was then kind enough to take a selection of photographs of the diorama and these are featured below.

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All above photographs courtesy and copyright of Singson Wong
   
   
In late August 2020, Hong Kong model bus retailer Network Shuttle listed the model of the terminus, without a bus, on it's website. Having ordered one, it arrived in early September. The only difference I can spot between that issued back in 2005 and this one is the use of etched metal railings on this model, whereas the original appears to have tubular style railings that were possibly plastic.


   
 
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A present day photograph of the terminus - courtesy and copyright of Charles Lai
October 2020
 
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Displaying 'Happy New Year' on it's destination screen is New World First Bus ADL Enviro400 3849.
The wearing of masks confirms the ongoing presence of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Courtesy and copyright of Terence Tong
19th February 2021
   
The following photographs give a close-up view of the terminus and were taken on 26th May 2021. My thanks to Henry Chow for allowing me to share his excellent photographs.                                          
                         
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