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Iconic, convenient, lovable, and cheap, the Tram or “Ding-ding” due to the sound it emits when it approaches a stop, is one of the most popular public transports in Hong Kong. Only available in Hong Kong island, the tram travels at a leisurely pace and allows tourists and locals alike to enjoy their transport time while looking around.

 

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Not many know that the tram has been around for over a century, their outlooks are constantly renewed and their vibrant exterior are always great subjects for aspiring photographers or excited tourist.

 

 

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Did You Know?

The tramway was built during 1901 and has been managed by the HK Tramways company since 1904. Boasting a large fleet on 164 trams, it is the world’s largest double-decker tram fleet to date. Covering over 30 KM of the Hong Kong island, it has 6 routes and is able to bring you to the nooks and crannies of Hong Kong that the MTR can’t reach.

 

 

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Tram is the new Green

In a city with air pollution like Hong Kong, the tram is a gem. Not only is this mode of transport cheap, it is also very environmental-friendly. Afterall, it is the only on-land vehicle in the Hong Kong, which emits zero roadside emissions such as CO2. The new 7th generation tram uses LED technology to reduce the amount of energy used for interior lighting, even the body is made out of aluminium. It’s also one of Hong Kong’s only public transport that doesn’t have air conditioning besides the Star Ferry.

 

 

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Tourist Trams

Amongst the 164 double-decker trams in service, there are two refurbished “antique trams” that are available for private parties and tours. They also launched the new “TramOramic tour” in 2015 to meet with the high demand of tourists who wish to take a look at Hong Kong by tram. The tour is 1-hour long and features a 1920 model of the tram with narration.

 

 

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New Technology on Trams

Now the 7th generation trams are equipped with RFID, meaning that you can tell with an application on your smartphone just when exactly the next tram will arrive. Though in summer when it’s sweltering you might not want to wait in the heat, it’s always great to know when the tram will come.

If you do come to Hong Kong, definitely try taking the tram! Enjoy the breeze (if any) during your ride and take photos along the way. Stay at BlackDoors near any tram station and make it your primary mode of transport if you like!