Hong Kong Tram – Ding Ding 

 

Are the Hong Kong tram – “Ding Ding” – a ride into history?  Based on a consultants recommendation that is being put before government in Oct 2015 this might be the case in Central and Admiralty.  What they are doing is cutting off the heart of the system.  Besides the fact that the tram is an icon of Hong Kong that used to run along the harbour it has survived so much change.  Why now would this now be something that would be bought up?  We are seeing a sense of “sameness” spreading like a virus in not only Chinese cities but International financial centers.  They look at the value of what something is based on each separate component rather than those that can’t be easily calculated.  Removing the lines would barely impact traffic as most traffic issues are based on cars standing by to pick up the elite.  Bus traffic has already been cut back a bit as the MTR has expanded to Kennedy Town.  Is it possible that the storage yards are the valued property that the city and real-estate developers are eyeing.  Thinking like this is very short term as in the long term Hong Kong will no longer have those things that make it Hong Kong such as the trees giving shade in old neighbourhoods, neon lights, historic buildings, local markets and the list goes on and on.

 

The “ding ding” as it’s called locally because of the sound of the warning noise made to notify pedestrians of its presence is one of the moving landmarks of Hong Kong.  There is no better way to slow things down and see Hong Kong in a way that will let you see things you would never notice when walking about.  As I often note to people Hong Kong is a city that pushes ones senses to the limit and this historic transport methods such as the Tram and Star Ferry are great ways to peak into life in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Trams (香港電車)also known locally as the “ding ding” in Hong Kong have not only been a form of commuter transport since 1904 and a ride into history. it’s not only one of the most affordable ways to get around HK$2.30.  It’s a great way of travelling with locals who are in no hurry to go from point A to point B.   They are one of the most environmentally friendly ways of travelling in Hong Kong. It’s the only tram system in the world operated exclusively with double-decker trams, and is one of only three non-heritage tram systems in the world that use double-deck cars.  The track length is 13km in length.  The track is often shared with delivery bikes running about with lunch and other small shipments.

 

 

As they run through the urban area of Hong Kong Island only, the tram tracks has become an important icon of urban Hong Kong. Since the tracks were originally built along the waterfront before further land reclamation pushed the coastline northwards, the tracks can be used to identify directions and locations throughout urban Hong Kong Island.

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