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Guided Photographic Exhibition Tour "Goodbye Kai Tak and Thank You"

Friday, 15 Sep 2023
Blue Lotus Gallery, G/F 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan
Due to the issuance of Typhoon Signal No.8, we regret to inform you that the Guided Exhibition Tour will be postponed to the following Friday, 15th September.

The closure of Hong Kong's iconic Kai Tak Airport in 1998 was a significant moment in the city's history. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the airport's closure, Blue Lotus Gallery is running an exhibition featuring photographs by Canadian photographer Greg Girard and Hong Kong photojournalist Birdy Chu.

The exhibition offers a unique perspective on the airport's history and legacy, even into the present day, as the airport’s site takes on a new life.  Kai Tak Airport was the main airport of Hong Kong from 1925 to 1998.  The airport was originally built as a small runway in Kowloon Bay in 1925, and was expanded over the years to become one of the busiest airports in Asia.

The airport was known for its challenging approach, since pilots would have to navigate through a series of hills and buildings, making the sharp turn to land on the runway before reaching Checkerboard Hill.

Surrounded by densely populated areas and mountains, the location of the airport only added to the difficulty of approach and landing.  The sight of planes across the panoramic view of the city’s skyline made the airport a popular spot for aviation enthusiasts and photographers. 


Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others, including free-flow drinks.

*Should either a Typhoon Signal 8 or a Black Rainstorm Signal occur, we may need to reschedule to the following week.*

The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.


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