The Beauty of Hong Kong's Ding Ding

The Beauty of Hong Kong Trams

Your Hong Kong visits will never complete if you haven’t tried one of the oldest means of transportation – the Hong Kong tram, or locally known as Ding Ding (because of its foot-operated warning sounds!).

This transportation system, which celebrates its 113th year, it is the cheapest way to get around the north of Hong Kong Island. Although there are other means of modern transportation like getting an UBER, taxis and the MTRs, still the Hong Kong tram gives every much loved source of nostalgia for locals and tourists. With their antiquated appearance, the trams’ slow trundle along the northern fringe of Hong Kong Island is a link to a bygone area, at odds with the frenetic pace of the city today.
Although this is not the fastest means of Hong Kong transportation, these trams are ideal if you want to explore the city and not rushing your time.

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

The electric trams are limited to a maximum speed of 42km/h versus 70km/h for buses and 80km/h for minibuses – but travel at an average speed of just 7.9km/h

And the most interesting part of Hong Kong trams are the colourful appearance.

Yes, in Hong Kong these trams are also being used as moving billboards by various brands, and it is seems effective. Not only that, it is also adds appeal to the whole city. From fashion brands, real estate, insurance, banks, etc. – Hong Kong’s ding dings gives us an amusement feeling, which I’m sure you will hop-in when you saw this in the city.

Below are some of the Hong Kong trams photograph by Luigi Massanova.

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

This tramway system which also describes as “a part of Hong Kong’s heart”, is more than just a means of public transport. Most Hongkongers undoubtedly have an emotional attachment to the “ding dings” – some even proposed their love here.

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

Trams are the cheapest and most convenient transport in Hong Kong. They have one tram stop every 250metres, which means every short rides if it is less than 4km, the tram will be competing with bus and the MTR in terms of travel time.

Trams are also zero emissions.

If the government will eliminate these trams, it is like removing a part of Hong Kong heart and culture.

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

Carrie Bradshaw will be shame seeing these gorgeous ding dings!

colorful Hong Kong trams

colorful Hong Kong trams

Have you tried the Hong Kong tramways?

What is your memorable story with ding dings?


xoxo, Blair




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