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The sound of Tic Tacs rattling in their plastic compartments reminds me of the historic double decker tramways that run though Hong Kong island. I always had Tic Tacs on me when I was here as a kid, often the orange ones but sometimes also the white. This, in turn, reminds me of the heat, the dust, the lack of air condition and the principle of the phrase, “you get what you pay for.”

Established in 1904, the Hong Kong electric tram is possibly the cheapest (and slowest) form of public transportation on the island. Routes run west to east and back from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan with an additional route running south to Happy Valley. Simply get on the tram and pay when you get off. It’s not incredibly complicated.

Thankfully, I’m no longer a bratty kid and, even more thankfully, Hong Kong wasn’t a steaming hole of humidity during my last visit. Armed with my Olympus E-PL2, I captured the experience of riding the double decker car from its most eastern stop at Shau Kei Wan to Central, the heart of downtown and financial Hong Kong. There’s even a photo below of the street vendors who curse your enemies for a price (third photo from the bottom, left of the middle).

The video above is also the longest YouTube video I’ve ever made! If you like it, please friend me on YouTube.

Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

Street Vendors Cursing Enemies in Hong Kong

Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Crowds in Central

  • http://www.donnasaur.us/ Stealthypoo

    Love this! This really makes me miss Hong Kong. Haven’t been there in 8 years!

    • http://keane.li/ keane

      You need to go back to eat some food!

      • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

        Yeah, I need to go back too!

        • http://keane.li/ keane

          :) :)

          • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

            Smileys are insufficient responses, YO! :-P

          • http://keane.li/ keane

            Dearest Suki,

            I regret that you found the content of my previous response unsubstantial. I want to tell you about a dream. In this dream, I saw a tall man riding a thin white horse of immeasurable speed. Behind the pair was yet another man, one riding a small but sturdy mule. The symbols, I believe, represent the brevity and flightiness of my first response leaving behind the substance and depth of the intended message. Jung, I suspect, would find the horse an archetype for primal drives running out of control, while Freud might see it as my subconscious sexual desire to get jiggy wit’ it.

            Sincerely yours now and always,

            Keane

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.mueller Andrea Mueller

    Hong Kong looks absolutely fascinating! I can’t wait to get to China one day… Did you know though that vancouver has such a large Chinese population that it’s known sometimes as Hongcouver? Yes, it’s true! What that means is really, really great Chinese restaurants…

    • http://keane.li/ keane

      I did! But I didn’t know about the nickname :) I had some of the best Chinese food of my life in Vancouver, and even more so, Richmond!

  • Alphadork

    I love Hong Kong.

    • http://keane.li/ keane

      I remember! Have you been recently? Hopefully the video brought back some good memories for you.