Hong Kong Buses (Amberley)

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Hong Kong’s high-rise living, brought about due to a lack of space, causes very low levels of car ownership, the outcome of which is a wide variety of reliable public transport systems. As well as relying heavily on buses, other methods of transport available are trams, light rail, the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), taxis and ferries. Between 1993 and 2011 the author, Gary Seamarks, visited Hong Kong on several occasions and has put together this record, featuring the public transport on both Hong Kong island and in Kowloon. Buses were first introduced in 1921 with China Motor Bus and Kowloon Motor Bus the main operators and, as a British colony, there was a policy to `buy Commonwealth’. Vehicles were sometimes exported fully built, but in the main arrived in kit form for local assembly. Commonwealth firms providing bodywork for bus assembly include British companies such as Wright, Alexander, Carlyle, Duple Metsec and Northern Counties, along with Australian company, Volgren. Although the majority of photographs show the buses, there are a selection showing the other types of transport used including open-top buses, ferries, trams, the MTR and public light buses (PLB) which are sixteen-seater buses based on Japanese vehicles. An introduction to transport in Hong Kong is followed by the colour photographs, each of which is accompanied by an informative caption. 96 pages.

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