Port “Marathon” for model buses

Sophia Shi

A 7.4 kilometer marathon run by a dozen remote-controlled model buses took place from the East Coast Park Precinct to the Western Wholesale Food Market yesterday as part of the Harbourfront Commission’s celebrations for its 25th anniversary transfer.

It set a record for the longest remote-controlled marathon in Hong Kong for 1:14 scale model buses.

One bus model fan, Chow, said, “It was a nice day. People can take pictures and learn more about the remote control bus culture.”

“I love the buses and the bigger ones have more features like doors and lights that can be controlled remotely,” he said.

There was also a “Victoria Harbor Children’s Driving Tour” in the old bus terminal next to HarbourChill station in Wan Chai.

The event is tentatively scheduled for a three-month trial, with organizers saying the event has been popular and bookings have been nearly full every day since it opened.

According to commission chairman Vincent Ng Wing-shun, the events aim to “give the port of Hong Kong back to the people”.

Remote-controlled model buses will be made available to the public at Wan Chai Old Bus Terminal on weekends in mid-July, he said.

A children’s play area, converted from a truck, will also be available on the Tsuen Wan waterfront by the end of this year.

The vehicle is equipped with a variety of play components, including climbing platforms, rope nets and climbing boards.

Most of these events and installations are temporary. The commission will continue to provide these facilities or launch new activities depending on their popularity.

Ng expects a 34 kilometer long connection linking the two sides of the port to be completed in 2028, with 25 kilometers completed at the end of last year.

In the third quarter, another section of the waterfront around the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter will be built and part of the waterfront near the Kai Tak airstrip will also be opened.

An exhibition featuring “Summer in Victoria Harbour” will also feature the works of famous local illustrators and designers, such as Messy Desk and Chocolate Rain.

A nine meter high hot air balloon is also on display for photography. There are also recreations of deer, zebra, and hippo made from recycled oil drums.

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