Hong Kong Ding Ding

When visiting Hong Kong there’s no better way to get to know the Island (Hong Kong Island, that is) than to take a ride on a `Ding Ding’, the name given to Hong Kong’s unique double decker trams.

Hong Kong Tramways Limited has been operating tram service in Hong Kong since 1904.   And after more than 100 years, the company now owns and operates a fleet of 163 tramcars which includes 2 antique tramcars. It is the world’s largest fleet of double-deck tramcars still in operation, carrying an average of 230,000 passengers every day.  There are now six tram routes (totalling 30km) providing tram services between Shau Kei Wan, Happy Valley and Kennedy Town.  On the main route there are 118 tram stops from Shau Kei Wan to Kennedy Town and tram stops are located at an interval of around 250 metres on average.

Amazingly, the cost to ride on the ‘Ding Ding’ is just HKG$2, which is a mere pittance, considering there is about six HKG dollars to the US dollar.  And when you consider that you are riding between the canyons of high rises in one of the world’s busiest and most exciting cities, this makes the experience even better.

The trams run on a double track along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island with a single clockwise-running track of about 3 km (1.9 miles) around the Happy Valley Racecourse.

Passengers can either use an octopus card, which gives you access to buses, trains and ferries in Hong Kong, or place the coins into the drop-in box upon leaving the tram. It charges the same fare for upper and lower deck, but the views are better upstairs.  The best time to ride the trams is outside of busy times, peak hours and at lunchtime, when the trams can get quite crammed.

To watch the ‘Ding Dings’ rattle their way through the streets is a joy, to ride them is pure pleasure.

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