This photo of my grandma (now 97 years young) is one of my favorites.
It was taken in 1974 up near the China border in Sheung Shui, Hong Kong. The train ran to the Lowu border at that time, but it was a fairly recent development because for years it didn’t. Something about the Cultural Revolution (which was still going on in 1974).
It’s almost impossible to see here, but the Kowloon-Canton Railway at that time used diesel-hauled passenger trains that chugged up from the old terminus in Tsim Sha Tsui, just across from the Peninsula Hotel. It must have taken my grandparents half a day to reach Sheung Shui.
They were in Hong Kong on vacation then. In total, they visited Hong Kong seven or eight times from 1965 to 1982.
I was no stranger to Sheung Shui in the 1990s, but by then it was built up with high-rise apartment blocks, a town hall, shopping malls, and a faster train.