Friday, February 12, 2010

HK Trams

If you visit Hong Kong, you may see this double-deck tramcars swaying from east to west of HK island. It is the cheapest transportation mode that you could take as it only cost HKD 2 for adults and HKD 1 for child and elderly.

Tram service in HK has been in existence since 1904. When Hong Kong Tramways started its operation, there were 26 tramcars only and these first fleet of tramcars were all single-deck. Now after more than 100 years, HK Tramways operate a fleet of 163 tramcars which includes 2 antique tramcars. It is now the world's largest fleet of double-deck tramcars still in operation, carrying an average of 230,000 passengers every day.

Likewise, do you know that you could also hire an open-top vintage tram as a unique venue for your next get-together party? Yes, on the upper deck of the open-top antique tram, one could have a spectacular 360 degree view of Hong Kong's nightlife as the tram strolls slowly from the nostalgic western district to the contemporary business centers and shopping hubs in Central and Causeway bay.

Today, I have read in the newspaper that HK Tramways is needing resources to focus on improving their services. This would mean that the HKD 2 tram ride looks set to become a history. Well, for me, paying more for better service is not a bad idea. Anyway, HK Tramways emphasizes that it would still remain as the cheapest form of transport in HK.

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