Every now and then, when I get the chance, I like to hop on a tram which is affectionately known as a ‘ding ding’ here in Hong Kong. The best seat is ultimately on the top deck, at the very front and is a great way of exploring the city. The tram travels between magnificent skyscrapers, historical monuments and bustling wet markets.
So why are they called “ding dings” by the locals? Well, because of the tinkling sound they make upon arrival at their destination. And did you know that the “Ding Ding” is the only double-decker tram still operating worldwide? The HK tram is one of the earliest forms of local public transportation and has operated for 112 years on Hong Kong Island. Tramways have 6 routes running from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan, as well as a route to Happy Valley.
For newcomers and tourists, taking a ride on the tram really is a must! The tram covers most major tourist spots on HK Island, including Lan Kwai Fong , Blue House, PMQ and Happy Valley Racecourse. It may be a good idea to purchase the Tramoramic Golden Ticket pass to hop on and off the tram while exploring the vibrant neighbourhood. It is easy to take a ride as there is usually a tram station just around the corner.
If you’re a HK local, who isn’t in a rush to get to work, the “Ding Ding” is definitely your best option for commuting, especially now some of the trams have air-con! There is a flat and cheap fare, just $2.30 for adult and $1.20 for children. This really is a steal, especially when the MTR or bus costs you double or even triple! The tram requires exact payment so an octopus card can save you time from digging the exact coins from your wallet. The “Ding Ding” is also the greenest transportation in 852 with zero roadside emission. Those of you that know I’m a bit of green ambassador, will also know how much this pleases me to hear!
Apart from being regular transportation, this moving landmark is an ideal venue for birthday celebrations and parties. The vintage open-top tramcars can be rented at an hourly rate. It is a unique location for a celebration, and a great option for transport mad youngsters! I will admit I can tick off a ‘party on the tram’ off my bucket list. They were all the rage when we turned 18 all those years ago in Hong Kong!
For more details for route, fare and ticket, visit Hong Kong Tramways to plan your ride.
Have a great rest of the week.