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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

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                    #24
                    Have you ever heard about Kowloon Walled City - truly fascinating story I just recently learned about. I don't think I heard about it in the past either, at least as I can remember.

                    Take a moment and look at this fascinating video found on youtube:

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl6jEccpMa4
                     
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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

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                      #25
                      Here is also a video from INSIDE the walled city of Kowloon:

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fd56CGnVRU
                       
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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                        #26
                        I remember the Walled City, which I visited first in 1960 on a tour with the Norwegian Seaman's Church.
                        When I worked in HK in 1972 I stayed at the Mariner's Club, which was a short walk from the Walled City and had meals there at times. (More frequently at Hawker stalls in and around Tsim Shu Tsui, along Canton Rd or Nathan Rd.)

                        Flying in and out of Kai Tak on regular trips in transit to Japan and China in the mid/late 1970's you looked down on the packed rooftops of Walled City on approach.

                        PS> We did visit the park that is there now when visiting HK with the family in 2010, but can't find any picture of it.

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                          #27
                          Yup - me too - although I wasn't born when Ombugge first visited it! I worked there in the early 90s, and like Ombugge remember seeing the Walled City as we flew in and out of Kai Tak, and more closely on the rare occasions we stayed at the Airport Hotel. Its days were very limited after that though, demolition starting in 93.

                          Never enjoyed HK as much as Singapore, but did have some amazing unique experiences because of my work putting safety equipment on trains on the MTR - best of all was running a works locomotive around the entire network between passenger service one day. Long time ago now.

                          We did have a 'what place is this' about the Walled City a little while ago,



                          That was a scan from a 35mm, must have been 1991 or 1992, when I came back to a visit to a locomotive factory in China via HK - that was for new vehicles being bought for Singapore. I was fortunate enough to stay at the Regal Kai Tak airport hotel that time.

                          I remember getting on the Dragonair Tristar from Shanghai to Hong Kong, thrilled to be going home. The pilot was a proper old-style ex RAF type, who greeted us in rather plummy tones with 'Welcome to my aeroplane'. We skirted the thunderstorms down the coast before aiming at the chequerboard and into Kai Tak.

                          Next job after that was the Oslo Metro and my world changed for ever - and better.
                          Cheers,

                          Mark.

                          www.pologlover.co.uk

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                            #28
                            How incredible fascinating - I wish I had also experienced this place. My first visit to Hong Kong was back in 1989, and the each year after that until about 1993. I don't remember hearing about the Walled City and I don't remember seeing it myself. I remember that we went ashore in Hong Kong for shopping and that I bought some kind of camera there.

                            This is something I envy you having seen. This would have been super-exciting for me to see.

                            Does anyone have the exact location of where this "city" was in Hong Kong... and what is the park's name today. I would love to visit this place next month.

                            Any other great tips for my next trip to Hong Kong is also welcomed.
                            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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                              #29
                              Try this link J-O.

                              http://www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/s...-city-park.jsp
                              Cheers,

                              Mark.

                              www.pologlover.co.uk

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by PoloUK View Post
                                Wonderful! I will find this place next month! Thank you so much!
                                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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