During our last trip to Hong Kong we completed our exploration of Hong Kong Tramways by taking the Tram from Western Market to the end of the line in Kennedy Town, so we have now travelled from one end of the line to the other. Travelling by tram is a fascinating way of experiencing the busy city and residential areas of Hong Kong from the western point of the island right across the city to the east side a journey of 13km in total. The trams are nicknamed 'Ding Ding' after the bell used to warn pedestrians and other traffic of their approach.
The tram system is one of the earliest forms of public transport in Hong Kong as they have been in existence for over one hundred years. Owned and operated by Veolia Transport, the tramway runs on Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town, with a branch circulating Happy Valley. The trams which are an environmentally friendly mass transit system are not surprisingly a major tourist attraction.
There is lots more information available on the internet about the tramway and in my opinion one of the most interesting and comprehensive articles is to be found at Hong Kong Extras. I will share here with you the photographs I captured of the eye catching advertising that completely covers the trams. There are more photos in my post of an earlier trip, Hong Kong Trip 2010 - Part Three - Hong Kong Trams where you will also find a video from YouTube
|Map showing the current tram termini and major stops along the route.|
With thanks to the following sites for the background information included in this post. The links will take you directly to the pages on Hong Kong Tramways if you are interested in learning more about the history of the tramway.
Wikipedia - Hong Kong Tramways Hong Kong Tramways - Official Website Hong Kong Extras
All photos unless stated otherwise are my own taken in October 2011.
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The tram photos may also be viewed individually in my album entitled Travel Tales - Hong Kong Trams at My Flickr.com account.