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Video: The science behind the magic Hong Kong ‘hovercopter’

Last week, a curious video emerged on YouTube, appearing to show a helicopter “floating” elegantly above Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

Filmmaker Chris Fay created the illusion after syncing his camera’s frame rate with the rotation speed of the helicopter’s blades to precision.

In other words, if the helicopter blades were spinning at a total of 24 revolutions per second, and Fay’s camera also captured 24 still image frames per second, each of the frames would show the blades in the exact same position.


HKFP History: The evolution of the Hong Kong skyline

HongWrong presents a brief visual history of how the Hong Kong skyline has developed over the decades.

Pre-1869 painting of Hong Kong harbour

Pre-1869 painting via RGS-IBG image. Photo: E. L. Watling.

1880s – Beginning with a rare shot of the harbour from the 19th century – the same decade in which the Star Ferry became operational.

 Hong Kong harbour

 Hong Kong harbour

1890.

1900s 

 Hong Kong harbour

A quaint postcard from 1906. Photo: gwulo.com.

1910s – The CBD, gradually creeping up The Peak, was then named Victoria City.

 Hong Kong harbour

Photo: gwulo.com.


HKFP History: The British luxury liner at the bottom of Victoria Harbour

Buried at the bottom of Victoria Harbour remains the keel, hull and boilers from the QEII predecessor, the RMS Queen Elizabeth. It was purchased at auction in 1970 by local tycoon C.Y. Tung, who wanted to make the vessel into a university for the World Campus Afloat programme, the predecessor to Semester at Sea. Tung renamed the ship Seawise University, a play on his initials.

However, the vessel sank two years later, on January 9, 1972, following a fire.

seawise uni wreckage

1972: The wreck of Seawise University, the former Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Wikicommons.


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.

peak tram

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.”