A water taxi, known locally as a walla-walla, in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour in the 1970s. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong water taxis: when you haggled to cross harbour at dawn, fares were ‘diabolical’, but the service was 24-hour

From the 1870s to the 1970s, walla-wallas, as water taxis were known, were ubiquitous in Hong Kong waters. With recent calls for their reinstatement in Victoria Harbour, we take a look back at the history of the motor boats

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A water taxi, known locally as a walla-walla, in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour in the 1970s. Photo: SCMP
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