“Ding Ding Track Alongside at Western District” Exhibition
Hotel Jen Hong Kong, part of the world-renowned Shangri-La group, proudly unveils its first collaboration with Hong Kong Tramways and the well-known collector, Mr. Alan Cheung, “Ding Ding Track Alongside @ Western District” Exhibition from August 9 to November 30, 2018.
Alan will showcase 19 precious trams and historical pictures of the Western District, taking the audience into a time passage to review the centenary development of Hong Kong Tramways and the early development of the Western District.
Among the works, the ones noteworthy are the precious tram tickets. Since the start of the tram in 1904, the conductor system and tram ticket have been used for charging fares. By 1981, Hong Kong Tramways Limited had replaced the ticket with coin-operated methods, showing the historical changes of the era. One of the tickets in the exhibition was issued during the Japanese occupation period (1941 to 1945) in 1942. The ticket design was very delicate and exquisite. Another rare ticket with no ticket serial number printed in the 1960s was believed to be a mistake in printing at that time. It is a ticket that has not been released. This ticket should have been destroyed and abandoned, but it has fallen into the hands of collectors. It is one of the collectibles that collectors treasure and is extraordinarily precious.
One of the valuable pictures of the exhibition is of the first generation of tramcars. At the initial stage of tramway operation, the tramcars were all single deck. They were originally built and shipped from the United Kingdom to Hong Kong. In the early days of public transport development in Hong Kong, it was quite difficult to transport the tramcars. Photographed in 1910, a tramcar was transported from the Kowloon Wharf to the Causeway Bay Tramways Depot, which is a rare historical picture.
The exhibition also features a number of pictures of Shek Tong Tsui and Kennedy Town in the old times. Not to be missed is the one showing Hill Road in the 1930s. In the 1910s and 1930s, there was a famed restaurant called Luen Shing Hotel, where magnates and celebrities used to entertain. It was exactly located at the MTR HKU Station Exit B2, where Hotel Jen Hong Kong stands just at its doorstep, witnessing the bustling side of the old town.
The “Ding Ding Track Alongside @ Western District” Exhibition reflects Hotel Jen’s key beliefs, which is to support art and culture and to closely connect and support with its neighbourhood and community. With one of the shared interests with its guests, Jen-Why-Art, the hotel supports local emerging talents and cultural advocates by providing them a platform to reach a wider, international audience.
Ding Ding Track Alongside at Western District Exhibition
Date: August 9 – November 30, 2018
Venue: 1/F, 2/F & 28/F Hotel Jen Hong Kong
Fee: The public is welcome to visit