After our tram ride
down from Victoria Peak we took a short walkabout on our way to a city
tram stop. Fortunately Kenny and Rebecca are experienced Hong Kong travellers
and knew which tram to take and guided us through the boarding procedure.
Our ride to North Point was a
great way to see and enjoy the bustling streets of Hong Kong. The cars
are equipped with sliding windows which allowed us to take some good photos
on our ride through the streets.
We alighted close to the location
of the first Choy apartment back in the '40s and '50s but it had been replaced
by modern buildings, so we moved on to the location of their second home.
This second walkabout led us through some
The Hong Kong tram system is
one of the earliest forms of public transport in the metropolis, dating
back to the city's colonial period. The trams are sometimes called the
"Ding Ding" by Hong Kong people. Trams in Hong Kong have not only been
a form of commuter transport for over 110 years, but also a major tourist
attraction and one of the most environmentally friendly ways of travelling
in Hong Kong. The tram system is the only one in the world operated exclusively
with double-decker trams, and is one of only five non-heritage tram systems
in the world that use double-deck cars. The tram is the cheapest mode of
public transport on the island.
The headway between each tram
departure is approximately 1.5 minutes during peak hours. The maximum speed
is from 50-60km/h. The maximum capacity of each tramcar is 115 people.
Our fare as senior citizens was HK$1.10 (about 18 cents Canadian). Unlike
most other forms of public transport in Hong Kong, fare charged is uniform
regardless of the distance travelled.