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.