Hong Kong’s iconic handcarts: a traditional livelihood under threat? October 4

4 Oct 2013

It’s a simple contraption - an iron frame, foldout handle and four rubber wheels - but in Hong Kong the old-fashioned handcart is what keeps the city rolling. In the shadow of skyscrapers, Hong Kong’s working class trolley pushers transport everything from crates of live seafood to appliances, financial documents, furniture and mail. But rather than being celebrated, some people complain that the trolleys, often locked to railings like bicycles, take up space on the pavement and could cause accidents.