Hong Kong: Tram ride on the
Hong Kong: Tram ride on the "ding ding" tram traveling west along Hennessy Road from Causeway Bay
Recorded 20th November 2010.
Hong Kong Tramways is a tram system in Hong Kong and one of the earliest forms of public transport in Hong Kong. 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. Trams in Hong Kong have not only been a form of transport for over 100 years, but also a major tourist attraction and one of the most environmentally friendly ways of travelling in Hong Kong. It is the only exclusively double-decker operated tram system in the world, and one of only three non-heritage tram systems in the world that use double-deck cars.
The trams run on a double track along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan, with a single clockwise-running track of about 3 km (1.9 mi) around the Happy Valley Racecourse.
On average, the interval between each tram is approximately 1.5 minutes during peak hours. In the past, trams had a maximum speed of 40 km/h. But from the beginning of 2008, the speed of some trams was increased. Now most trams have a maximum speed of 50 km/h, a few of them even have a maximum speed of 60 km/h The maximum capacity of each tramcar is 115 people.
The fare is HK$2.30 for adults, HK$1.20 for children under 12, and HK$1.00 for senior citizens 65 and above. Unlike most other forms of public transport in Hong Kong, there is a uniform tariff regardless of the distance travelled. Passengers pay by either depositing the exact fare in coins or using the Octopus card. Monthly tickets are also available at the cost of HK$170, sold at Whitty Street tram depot, Causeway Bay, and North Point termini at the end of each month.
The turnstile at the tram entrance, exit, and closed circuit television prevent fare evasion by passengers. Payment is made at the end of one's journey.
The trams themselves are sometimes called the "DingDing" by Hong Kong people, after the double bell ring trams use to warn pedestrians of their approach. Hong Kong has the only fully double-decker tram fleet in the world. Most of the trams in operation were rebodied in the late 1980s or early 1990s. They are equipped with sliding windows. Since the early 2000s, these trams have been upgraded to provide better operating performance and safety.
Hennessy Road (traditional Chinese: 軒尼詩道; simplified Chinese: 轩尼诗道; pinyin: Xuānníshī Dào) is a thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. It connects Yee Wo Street on the east in Causeway Bay, and Queensway on the western end in Wan Chai.
The road is named after John Pope Hennessy, the Governor of Hong Kong between 1877 and 1882.
Causeway Bay (Traditional Chinese: 銅鑼灣) is a heavily built-up area of Hong Kong, located on the Hong Kong Island, and covering parts of Wan Chai and Eastern districts. The Chinese name is also romanized as Tung Lo Wan as in Tung Lo Wan Road (銅鑼灣道). The rent in the shopping areas of Causeway Bay is ranked as the second highest in the world after New York's Fifth Avenue, which is only slightly more expensive. The rent of Causeway Bay is near a double of the third place's Tokyo's Ginza.
Causeway Bay borders the Eastern District. These areas include Tsing Fung Street, Causeway Bay market, the Victoria Park, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Jardine's Noonday Gun and the Police Officers Club. West of these sites, are Queen's College and the Hong Kong Central Library which belong to the Wan Chai District.
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