HONG KONG METRO TRAIN SYSTEM
This will give you some idea of what it is like inside the Metro Train system. This was around noon, no traffic, in fact they were telling me this place was rather empty? Just wait till around 5:00 PM, for the crowds to show up, packing into the train cars, then a wait yes.
I had a image of the Ticket Machine to share, which is a bit to figure out how to use, but decided that is another future blog post with a instructional video to help any future traveler operate the ticket machine. For now you only need to search YouTube to find a few video guides into this underground world.
Hong Kong is laid out with a group of islands in Victoria Harbour. The city is master laid out by the British a hundred years ago, it has all the markings of a upscale metropolitan city. Hong Kong Island on one side of the bay Kowloon on the other and the New Territory a bit further away. All are connected by the Metro train system that is both fast and fairly easy to navigate for any first timers. The tube runs under the harbour from one side to the other takes about 15 minutes including all the walking, making coin change for the ticket machine, finding the right direction to take the train, getting on or off, then wait for next train, as you will need to connect to another train to get anywhere, plus all the escalators to your arrival train platform level, all in total 15 minutes. Cost about $4.HK dollars about fifty-five cents US.
My suggestion to avoid the crowds and where ever your at in the city, take a taxi to the Star Ferry building, ten minutes across the bay in a nice open air harbour cruise, cost twenty-six cents too. Avoid all the hassle on the Metro Trains, take a boat.
Check out the Metro Map and if your going from one end of the greater Hong Kong area to the other, then by all means this Metro is actually the fastest way around, across the harbour, remember take the Star Ferry. Many business will tell you what MTR exit they are located at, another tip of the day.
Here is the MTR Web site, click on the upper right corner of this page, JOURNEY PLANNER to get a map of the Metro system WEB SITE CLICK HERE
SPECIAL AIRPORT NOTE
There is a Metro Tain from the Honk Kong Airport into the city. Ask yourself this, do you have baggage? Beyond the carry-on? The subway Metro Train, system with baggage, my thinking to you is “good luck” with all the escalator and moving walk-way, trying to find the lift up to the next level or down to the train level, is a royal pain in the [ fill in your favourite word here].
Getting Out of the airport, see my Airport Blog note of helpful tips in this 48hr Hong Kong Photography & Foodie Tour section
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