The last of Kowloon's cone rangers
Buzzing about the district on their scooters choc full of snacks, these men have served generations of hungry Hongkongers. Now the last three vendors are about to ride off into the sunset ...
TOP: The bikes of the last three ice cream vendors of Kowloon stand outside the distributor Shek Kit-wah's shop.
ABOVE: Lai Hoi-choi, 82, enjoys a chat with schoolboys.
LEFT: Mr Lai's scooter is loaded at the distributor's premises in To Kwa Wan. The distributor, Mr Shek, will also close his business at the end of the year.
ABOVE: What was once a bustling shop is quiet as old friends have passed away or left the trade since the government stopped renewing licences in 1993. Hawkers Chan Po-cheung, left, and Lai Hoi-choi, right, chat with distributor Shek Kit-wah before their day's work.
RIGHT: His scooter loaded to the gunwales, Mr Lai has to ride side-saddle to his selling point.
BELOW: Ice creams and cold drinks are just the antidote to Hong Kong's hot and humid weather.