As compelling as they might be, the famous photos of Boeing 747s swooping over densely-packed tenements as they approached Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak Airport don’t give you a real sense of what it was actually like to see, hear and feel those planes from the street. The noise of a large plane coming in for landing was pretty incredible. What’s more amazing is how that noise became part of the everyday din of life in Kowloon City. The relocation of the airport in 1998 took away one source of the neighbourhood’s vitality, but for the people who live there, it must have been a welcome departure.
Tags: Airports, Hong Kong, Kowloon, Streetlife