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Railways & Ropeways

Submitted by David on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 09:11

A question for you - how many railways and ropeways have there been in Hong Kong?

For 'railway' I'll include any place where there were wheeled vehicles running on metal tracks. A 'ropeway' is what we call a cable-car today. And let's say they had to have been built before 1950, to exclude more recent constructions like the MTR, or the Tung Chung cable car.

How many did you count?

I came up with eight railways, and three ropeways. Railways first:

What's there to see at Gwulo.com?

Submitted by David on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 15:30

Here's an overview of what there is to see on Gwulo.com.


You can see a list of popular articles up on top-right corner of this page.

Or you can browse this list of all the articles on Gwulo.com. Each article covers some aspect of Hong Kong's history.

Photos of old Hong Kong

Try the photo map page if you're looking for a photo of a certain area or building.

Love is a many-splendored thing: film locations

Submitted by David on Sat, 07/25/2009 - 17:31

This film is set in Hong Kong, between 1949 and the start of the Korean War in 1950. It was filmed a few years later, and released in 1955.

As the opening credits roll, we're given an aerial view of Hong Kong Harbour. The camera starts above Green Island, then flies east along the harbour-front towards Central.