HONG KONG GETTING AROUND ON THE TROLLY
This by far has to be a one of the best “Tour Rides” in all of Hong Kong. You can ride from one end of Hong Kong to the other for only a five cents.
The Trolly which started operations in 1904, is a double decker skinny train rail car with no air conditioner, runs from one end of Hong Kong to the other takes about 45 minutes a great way to see the city, cheap. Get an upper deck window seat to snap away at photography opportunities as they appear. Cost about twenty five cents US, get on, get off, pay again. Remember exact coins only.
Take a look at the image set above to get an idea of this rather unique method of transportation. They have brand new modern rail cars scattered with a few old timers which show a bit of wear. Remember you can get off anytime and jump back on different trolly as they have several different lines but overall hug the harbour in a parallel direction. Top deck, window seat, snap away at the city below as each block appears I am sure you will find that perfect photography op.
HONG KONG GETTING AROUND ON THE BUS
The Buses, they are all new air conditioned double decker style. The front marque tells where it is going, use the “Bus Number” as a point of reference, in this tour log I have pointed out to bus numbers more than what they say on the front for destination. Bus fare for local trip is around $1 HK dollar, math wizards that is thirteen cents. The buses are fast due to a lack of private cars on the roadways seems the buses zip along at a rather high rate of speed, no time waisted. There are local minibus too, however unless you are fluent in reading Chinese good luck finding your way around taking on of them on the street corner. Just check out the last images in the set below to see the bus stop sign to get an idea of where they go.
Note the buses or trolly need EXACT change, coins, the drivers make no change. Purchase a bottle of water at the local mini mart, ask them for “coins”, on a few more of your Hong Kong dollars for the bus, they are all very helpful and of course speak English too. Anyway you need your bottle of water, you are on holiday so drink your water keep hydrated per my travel tip of the day.
Below are a few images to help direct you to what to expect for the bus system in Hong Kong or Kowloon.
HONG KONG GETTING AROUND BY TAXI
This one method of transportation is only used as my “default” method, I ride the bus, trolly or walk. I need to be someplace specific better to hire the local expert to drive me there than fumbling with my tourist map. The Taxi system is all metered and most every driver speaks perfect English along with knowledge of where everything is in town, you only need to ask. All have been overly helpful, which of course deserves a small tip too. Taxis for the most are are actually very cheap.
more from my personal hand book notes on Taxis.
The taxi has a flag drop rate of $15 HK dollars, a buck ninety-five for the seat to ride, and another fourteen cents for every 200 meters beyond. Most anywhere locally the taxi which holds five adults, will be less than four dollars. I always include a tip, nice to do as they are a ultra cheap air conditioned clean ride. Drivers do speak English and I found out they do not pull the long tour on us foreign folks for extra fare, not part of the culture just overall nice experience on the taxis. All are metered. Going across the bay via the traffic tunnel or bridges, you will be expected to pay the bridge toll plus the fare, ask first to avoid any misunderstanding. Take the Star Ferry for less than a quarter to cross the harbour.
HONG KONG GETTING AROUND VIA FOOT CALLED WALKING
Hong Kong for the most part is very accessible for walking. The backside of the city is uphill . This hillside area is called SOHO even has a 800 meter covered escalator to help you get up the hill, walking downhill on the way back but an easy commute on the way up. The main downtown part of Hong Kong is all mostly flat.
Pedestrian do not have the right of way, look both ways, traffic is in the Queens English side of driving, that is Left side of road traffic. Careful to pay attention to the buses they are fast, cross the street carefully.
Plenty of narrow streets and back alley ways to discover which you can only do on foot. I certainly enjoy finding the small shops out of the way side street cafe and tea houses that dot the many small streets around Hong Kong. Come take a look with me though my next set of images of what to expect walking around Hong Kong.
This image set below has many streets you will see plenty of people, a few small coffee cafes to get the feel of what they are like and one small breakfast cafe find on a side street, so small they are for the locals. Tea, coffee, french toast or a scrambled egg all for very little money to start off your day, take a walk down the back areas of Hong Kong to discover your special spot.
This city has many elevated walk ways which actually go on for several block, see the fist few images in the set below, with side bridges to buildings at the second level entry. This provides a second “sidewalk” area for pedestrians other than the street level, up on the elevated walk ways your above the cars and buses and other people walking too. You only need to look up to find one. Continuing along your elevated way to the escalators going up to SOHO district. Street level sign post have arrow signs pointing to a certain area of Hong Kong, note image third to last in the set along with the last two are small side street coffee cafe for a afternoon pick et-upper, or breakfast meal. Walking around has the advantages too of not missing the small gem spots of Hong Kong has to offer.
Walking around the city you will find as I did, to ask anyone while your holding a city map where something is, they will take a moment to explain how to get there, very helpful kind people live in this city and speak perfect English too. Walking on the streets are all in good repair sidewalks are clean a few obstacles of normal things to walk around nothing major, just look at my photos of the streets to get an idea of what to expect while on foot.
HONG KONG GETTING AROUND ON THE FERRY SYSTEM
Victoria Harbour has many ferry services which not only go across the bay, catch the Star Ferry and see my notes in a blog post below, but the ferry system actually goes to many outer islands too. Google Hong Kong Ferry service to get a idea of all the places you can explore by water. Here are a few to get you going.
Aberdeen Pier fresh fish market also has a cafe on the end of the pier. 30 minute ride from Hong Kong cost $9.50 HK
Macau is an island for gambling casinos and nightlife. Leaves Hong Kong ferry building next to the HeliPort, any taxi can take you there easy. Fare is about $125 to $200 HK one way includes the Hong Kong departure tax too, depends upon first class or cabin seating on a Turbo Jet Foil Boat a high class Air Foil come out of the water fast ferry service. Travel time about one hour plus depends upon sea conditions. Ferry leaves in both direction about every 30 minutes till midnight, then a few after that till 7 am, when the 30 minute between ferry start again. Grab a hotel spend the night. There is a ferry leaving from the Kowloon side of the bay too, cost more, my advise is take the Star Ferry to the other side for twenty-two cents, catch a taxi to the Jet Boat ferry building, more boat choices and overall faster travel.
Macau is another country you will need your Passport, no advance visa is necessary they will stamp your passport with a 7 day visitor visa upon arrival by ferry. Google Macau to see what is to do on this island.
HONG KONG GETTING AROUND BY METRO TRAIN OR PEAK TRAM
There is so much to tell you about these next two systems of getting around please my separate blog post below for details.
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