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Trams in Hong Kong

Above: the front row seats on the upper deck of the tram gives you the best view.

Riding a rustic tram is a good and very inexpensive way to look around Hong Kong Island (HK$2 / ~ US 25 cents regardless of the detination). But if it is in summer and you cannot stand the heat, you may want to sitck with buses since trams are not air-conditioned.

Unlike most other public transportation in Hong Kong, for a tram you get on in the back, and you pay when you get off in the front. The tram service has been around for about a century, literally.

The Hong Kong pace of life is fast. And with so many people to service, some things go on as usual while repair is done. Tram service is one of them. Since there are no extra tracks, and repairs cannot be done after hours, tram track maintenance goes on while the trams are running. But since trams usually move a bit slower than other vehicles, it does not interrupt service much. (Right: view from the front of a tram approaching a maintenance site.)

Above left: a party tram hired to advertise sale of a new condominium complex.

Above: a tram with advertisements of medication.

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