Ding Ding: Hop on Hong Kong’s Trams
Nothing says Hong Kong quite like the city’s trams. The double decker street crawlers showcase Hong Kong’s bustling streets unlike any other. Now that the weather has cooled, it is a great—and cheap—way to see all that the city has to offer.
The Tour: Whitty Street to Shau Kei Wan
From Hotel Jen hop on the tram at Whitty Street. You’ll wind past the medicine shops lining Sheung Wan and Edwardian western market to Central’s financial district with its fabulous famous skyscrapers.
From there you’ll travel through Wan Chai, past celebrity chef Tom Aitken’s restaurant The Pawn, situated in a restored 19th century heritage building and then to frenzied Causeway Bay.
Disembark here if you want to shop the temples of retail Hysan Place and Sogo, or stay onboard and venture past Victoria Park and Central Library, and jump off at the end of the line in Shau Kei Wan. In this old-school neighbourhood you’ll get a real taste of local culture. A busy outdoor market awaits, but after you are done exploring, head up to Museum of Coastal Defence on Lei Yue Mun Fort. The location here is a breath of fresh air from the busy city and the exhibit details items and artefacts from key moments in Hong Kong history.
Timings: Bank on at least an hour aboard the tram to reach Shau Kei Wan from Hotel Jen Hong Kong.
Pay: Board and sit on entry. Make your way to the driver to pay as you leave. There’s a machine for the HK$2.30 adult fare or pay by Octopus.
Little Known Fact: Trams are called Ding Ding locally because the bells used to warn passengers of their approach sound like a “ding ding.”