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HK Transport 1

The rickshaw was first imported from Japan in the early 19th century and it was a popular form of transport for many years, except that it was unsuitable for the hilly terrain of Hong Kong. The trams were yet to make an appearance then and taxis provided a public transport. Over the years several European cars were used but gradually they were replaced by the Japanese Toyotas and Nissans. The Toyota Crown is a widespread taxi in Hong Kong. Having seen a lot of these vehicles in Singapore almost a decade ago (and they all have been replaced by other makes), I was fascinated to see them still in use in Hong Kong. This make is one of Toyota's most popular variants, having sold it by the tens of thousands. Even though the appearance of this car is not much to talk about, the design of the car states quality, affordability and reliability. It runs on a 2000 c.c. engine, is fairly light (the dashboard is mainly plastic, for instance) and apparently uses very simple mechanical constructions, thereby lowering maintenance costs considerably. Today, there are more than 18,000 of these red liveried taxis in Hong Kong, in addition to New Territories taxis and Lantau taxis. 

HK Transport 1

The rickshaw was first imported from Japan in the early 19th century and it was a popular form of transport for many years, except that it was unsuitable for the hilly terrain of Hong Kong. The trams were yet to make an appearance then and taxis provided a public transport. Over the years several European cars were used but gradually they were replaced by the Japanese Toyotas and Nissans. The Toyota Crown is a widespread taxi in Hong Kong. Having seen a lot of these vehicles in Singapore almost a decade ago (and they all have been replaced by other makes), I was fascinated to see them still in use in Hong Kong. This make is one of Toyota's most popular variants, having sold it by the tens of thousands. Even though the appearance of this car is not much to talk about, the design of the car states quality, affordability and reliability. It runs on a 2000 c.c. engine, is fairly light (the dashboard is mainly plastic, for instance) and apparently uses very simple mechanical constructions, thereby lowering maintenance costs considerably. Today, there are more than 18,000 of these red liveried taxis in Hong Kong, in addition to New Territories taxis and Lantau taxis. 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Oct 2017, 00:15
I like this image of a HK Taxi in action, Ayush.

Toyota Crowns were wonderful vehicles.
Ayush Basu: I did ride several of them decades ago, Ray and I still remember them.
That is very nice.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the encouraging comment, Michael.
This is a great shot, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the enthusiastic response, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 22 Oct 2017, 06:52
They sound like brilliant uncomplicated cars Ayush
Ayush Basu: I rode them quite a bit about a decade ago, Chris.
Merci pour les explications
Très belle photo !
Ayush Basu: Thank you for following through the series, Claudine.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Oct 2017, 15:57
I like the sense of movement in your photo smile
Ayush Basu: The blur/panning helped, CP.
Toyotas rule!
Ayush Basu: This particular model truly does, Larry!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 23 Oct 2017, 05:54
They can obviously put on a turn of speed, Ayush
Ayush Basu: Until there is a red light, Lisl.
The essence of a good taxi. Simplicity and durability.

I like the movement in this picture Ayush
Ayush Basu: Hallmarks of any good design, Bill. Thank you very much.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2017, 08:01
Do the taxis have only two throttle settings - off and flat out? smile I like the feel of speed here.
Ayush Basu: In a rush to reach the next red light, Alan!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 23 Oct 2017, 08:05
Now he is belting though the streets.
Ayush Basu: In a hurry to be somewhere, Chad.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Oct 2017, 12:45
It looks red and fast - must have been a Ferrari in disguise.
Ayush Basu: I am sure I would be unable to afford a cab such as that, Louis tongue
Fine action shot, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Tom.

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