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Tram Fun

Travel back in time on one of the oldest forms of public transport in the city

“Ding Ding”, the colloquial term for Hong Kong’s iconic double-decker tram, also refers to the double bell ring in which the streetcar drivers use to warn incoming traffic and pedestrians. To the eyes of locals, the Tram remains the most inexpensive and leisurely mode of transport in the city. Every day the century-old gem is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of city dwellers and visitors from all over the world. While the streetcar may not travel as fast as the  popular MTR, it is a great option for those who want to do some brilliant sightseeing of lively street life and scenery on a budget.

Since its inception in 1904, the tram system has had its share of changes and challenges. In the early days of its founding, all tramcars were single-deck and designed by class. The concept of a fixed vehicle path was relatively new at the time, and issues surfaced when people were often found blocking the road and free-riding the service. Today, Hong Kong operates the world's largest fleet of double-deck tramcars with 6 main routes offering convenience with a splendid view.

For a sightseeing tram ride, I would suggest starting at the North Point Terminus to avoid the crowd.  Enter the tram at the rear and take a seat on the top deck. Get ready for some breathtaking views of the historic Victoria Park, modern Hong Kong Central Library, followed by Sogo Department Centre in the city’s major shopping district Causeway Bay. As the tram travels through the heart of Central, be sure not to miss the Legislative Council, Statue Square, and HSBC Headquarters on Des Voeux Road. Take it to the next level by gathering your friends and family for a two-hour tram party enjoyed with a new catering service to take in all that the city has to offer.

The tram runs on six major routes between Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan daily from 06:00 to 24:00. For a single journey, the ticket price is $2.30 for Adult and $1.20 for Child. Visit http://www.hktramways.com for more information.

 

 

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