Daily Archives: November 13, 2015

HKFP History: A brief visual history of the Peak Tram

It has been over 126 years since the Peak Tram opened in Hong Kong though, technically, it is not even a tram but a cable-hauled funicular railway. Below is a brief, visual history of one of the city’s most iconic treasures.

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Photo: richardwonghk6 on Flickr

The son of Queen Victoria, Alfred, became the first royal visitor to make a ritual trip to The Peak in 1869. It was noted how His Highness expressed “surprise that the wealthy merchant princes of the colony had not yet availed themselves of the opportunity of the presence in the vicinity of their city of a position offering so bracing a climate, in the hottest time of the year.” 

In Pictures: Printed banners of flowers hide withered plants on roadside in China

Spring seemingly returned to Jilin Province this week.

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Photo: people.cn.

Printed banners of flowers were spotted on roads in Changchun on Monday.

China banner flowers

Photo: people.cn.

The printed plastic banners wrapped around road dividers hid “actual” withered plants.

china flowers banner

Photo: people.cn.

The scene is reminiscent of similar printed banners which appeared on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in 2013.

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A tourist has her picture taken during a cloudy day in front of a billboard featuring photos of the city skyline with a clear sky in Hong Kong on August 30, 2013. Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez