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    #16
    I really want to visit Hong Kong again some time... !
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      #17
      Maybe I missed it somewhere. Was Hong Kong just a visit? Are you still in Singapore?

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        #18
        Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
        Maybe I missed it somewhere. Was Hong Kong just a visit? Are you still in Singapore?
        Yes, Hong Kong was just a visit. I'm still in Singapore and is not likely to change that anytime soon.

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          #19
          I found some old pics from Hong Kong on the web.
          View from The Peak towards Wan Chai and Happy Vally, 1956:

          The original coastline, before the 1960-70 reclamation. British Naval Base and ships at anchor in Admiralty Bay is prominent.

          View from The Peak towards Kowloon, 1956:

          Kai Tak Airport wasn't built yet, but reclamation has started.

          Wan Chai Ferry Pier and the newly reclaimed land, where Connaught Drive is today, 1970:


          Pictures are from Shipnostalgia.

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            #20
            I just happened to come across this video from Hong Kong as it was back in my young and tender days. This is from 1967, but there aren't too many changes from my first visits in 1960-62, nor from when I was working there for a period in 1972: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Daixma1lEMw&t=22

            I especially remember Aberdeen Harbour, which appear from abt. 5:25 to 6:04 and again from abt. 7:30 to the end.
            I took delivery of a Landing Craft that was built at a small yard within Aberdeen harbour, but on Ap Lei Chau island, which at that time was not connected by a bridge and only had some small villages. Now the second most densely populated island in the world, as can de seen from this picture by Minghong:


            The only way to get to the yard was by sampan, which was usually operated by females, as seen in this video. They usually lived on board larger junks, many of which never left the harbour.
            To get the landing craft out of the harbour we had to move some of them to get a wide enough channel.

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              #21
              My last visit to Hong Kong uploaded to my Travel bLOG today:

              Falling in love with Hong Kong:

              http://www.captainsvoyage.com/travel...with-hong.html
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                #22
                Anybody that has visited Hong Kong would have taken a trip on Star Ferries, or at least seen them. This iconic ferries have been operating between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island for 120 years and have changed little over the last 60 years:
                http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/c...nic-star-ferry
                I made my first trip across on a Star Ferry in 1960 and the last trip (so far) during a family x-mas holiday in HK and Shenzhen in 2010/11 and many times in between.
                It was my daily commute when working in HK in 1972. (Living on Kowloon side and working in Central, HK Island)

                PS> I have been in HK many times after 2010/11, but mostly just to catch a ferry to Shekou in China, or v.v.

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                  #23
                  I love the Star Ferries - nothing beats the experience of crossing the harbour back and forth for pennies.

                  The view is great and the ships full of history - their loading and unloading impresses me, so effective in their environment!
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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