In his heyday, rickshaw-puller Mr Chan could make $2,000 a day taking tourists on a ride around City Hall. He said each short journey brought him $200, which included a snapshot for people's albums back home. Now, he said he was lucky to earn $50 a trip and demand had dwindled as tourists opt for other ways to see the sights. Mr Chan - who declined to give his full name - recalled the days when there were hundreds of rickshaws going up and down Queen's Road. 'The street was filled with rickshaws. The busiest time was after midnight as there was no tram service,' he said. Mr Chan charged $3 for a trip uphill from Wan Chai to Shek Tong Tsui. He said it didn't require much energy to pull on a flat road but it was hard work on a slope. In those days, the annual licence fee was $72 on Hong Kong island, $24 in Kowloon, and $12 in the New Territories. Today it is $50 a year. At present there are five valid licences that can be renewed on a yearly basis. They allow owners to hold a parking place at City Hall car park. This means when the five present licence-holders, all of whom are elderly men in their 60s and 70s, decide to retire, the rickshaw will disappear from Hong Kong's streets.