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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  1. Colorful trams! I didn't take the tram in HK though. Mostly train and by foot

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    1. Oh geez then you missed this iconic transportation! The experience complete the Hong Kong experience.

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  2. The buses do look attractive. Very colorful and beautiful.

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    1. I know right! They make it as means to show their ads!
      And the ads are high profiles.

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  3. bestnyeee.. i selalu berangan dulu,masa kecik2.. kalo tgk drama tvc msti rasa nak sangat2 kesana. Pengaruh kuat betul drama

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  4. Ding ding tram...i love the advertisement on the ding ding..looks like an art

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  5. OMG! These Trams are so cute and cool.I would love to ride on these colorful Trams when I visit Hong Kong.

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    1. The awesome part of riding these trams is that it can tour you to the deep localities of Hong Kong, that are quite different to those touristic spots.

      If you want to experience genuine Hong Kong, use these ding dings!

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  6. Haha... when I first read the title, I was wondering what is a Dingding.... Now I know it's the tram.

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    1. Hahaha yeah, its commonly know as Ding Ding especially with elders, because of its sound!

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  7. I've seen a lot of these in HK and they are very colorful. But were not really interested to try it since it was easier for us to take the MTR. But it's worth for the photo album. :-)

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    1. OMG you missed the core part of Hong Kong life!

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  8. I've never tried the tramways, but now I regret it! I did take the metro and buses when I was in Hong Kong though!

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    1. Before MTR and cabs, there is already Hong Kong trams. You can truly experience the Hong Kong life when you tried this. It passes to many non-touristic awesome places of Hong Kong.

      Plus its cheap!

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  9. Wow! Hong Kong tram is definitely fascinating! 113 years of existence! Whoa! I'd keep photographing them & posing in front of them!

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    1. Isn't it awesome!

      They managed to make these trams a moving advertising means, which makes it colorful and interesting. And as you can see, these ads are high profile :D

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  10. What an interesting array of colorful trams! Or are they electric buses? Maybe we'll find street art (bus/tram art) on these one day too :)

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  11. I've ridden them when we visited about two years ago. I didn't know they were called Ding Ding. They sure are efficient, fast, and handsome, too!

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    1. I agree. I heard that the HK government tried to get rid of these Ding Ding, but many Hongkongers fight back. With over 113years, they are still the affordable means of transport around HK. Without it, HK will never be complete.

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  12. o my god! These are the cutest trams I have ever seen. I luv rail transport and always try to see more of it when I travel.

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    1. Thank Alexander!
      Hope you experience the ride :D

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  13. Oh what a cool article. As a travel industry expert myself I adore seeing great pieces like this. Who knew that they were zero emissions?! That's pretty cool. Maybe more cities should have them. Lord knows Los Angeles traffic might ease up with some HK Ding Dings!

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    1. How I wish this could be applied here in Manila. This is an amazing experience.

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  14. I've not visited Hong Kong yet but will make sure to take the tram when I do visit. I did not know of its long history but now that I do, it surely adds more depth to the tram experience in Hong Kong.

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    1. That's a good idea. If you want to learn the life of true Hong Kong then try riding with trams. Many interesting people uses this means of transportation, especially the elders. I like it!

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  15. These ding dings are amazing! It's like moving artwork.

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  16. I love that they're known by the locals as "Ding Dings" - that's so cute aha. They're so bright and colourful and cheery! What a great way to travel!

    Christie's Take on Life. xx

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    1. I agree! Everyone knows that it is arriving because of its cute sound. It is very Hong Kong!

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  17. I haven't tried Hong Kong tramways. It looks like a wonderful experience though. I wish this was offered in my state.

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    1. When you visit Hong Kong, never miss the Ding Ding experience :D

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  18. what a brilliant way to travel around the city! They look so compact like toys! Adorable! I really want to travel to hong kong and when I do I'll make sure to take the ding ding and send you a pic!

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    1. That will be great! You will experience the true Hong Kong life with these Ding Dings.

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  19. I never knew that there were so many different ones! I love how colorful they are.

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    1. Hahaha they are colorful because these trams becomes a moving advertising billboards. And it works!

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  20. Omg how neat!!!! I think it would be fun to ride one of these!!! First time I have ever seen anything like it!

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    1. Yeah it is! Kids loves these rides as well.

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  21. The Ding Ding in Hong Kong is so colorful and cute! I don't mind getting on it and visit around the city though!

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    1. That will be fantastic, and its much cheaper, lah :D

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  22. I love HK, such a cool, random city! The designs on the Ding Ding are fantastic, another thing that makes HK so cool!

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    1. Thank you Nikki! And it is one of the cheapest transportation in Hong Kong!

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  23. Im not surprised that most hongkongers have an emotional attatchment to the ding dongs. They are amazingly colourful and look really cool.

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    1. Hong Kong people ate becoming so creative to maximize the reach of these ding dings. That's why it become a moving billboards :D

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  24. I need to get back to Hong Kong. You have some great photos, it really makes me miss traveling around Asia

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    1. Oh you must Michael! You might also like witness the HK Sevens this summer :D

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  25. The trams in that sense are similar to the buses and some taxis we have in the UK which uses branding to advertise brands. However if they did this with trams I think that would be an excellent marketing strategy in the areas that we have trams in.

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    1. Yes they are! And also the fare is just $2.50.

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  26. These are so pretty and colourful! I wish London buses looked this good

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    1. Are London buses also have advertisement on it?

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  27. How cool are the trams?! Little bright spots of color and sunshine in the days of people who live in Hong Kong. Some of them are moving works of art? Do you happen to know who decides how one is decorated? x

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    1. Oh those decorations are from advertisers, usually from telecom brands, and luxury brands. Recently, I've seen ads from banking and insurance.

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  28. Colorful and attractive trams! I didn't see theses beautiful buses in reality. I wish our buses looked this good.

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    1. Ohh the buses here in Manila sucks! That's why I always feel envy with these trams.

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  29. This look so amazing, let's me pack for my next travel and my destination will be Hong Kong.

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    1. That's YEY for that idea! Hong Kong is waiting for you.

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  30. How cool! The buses have such a neat look to them and look like a very fun form of transportation!

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    1. Yeah it is! It is very fun and the fare is only $2.00 !

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  31. These trams are so pretty! I can boast of Dubai trams too but they are not as beautiful and vibrant as these trams. :)

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    1. Hello Mayuri! Please share us the trams of Dubai!

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  32. Hong Kong looks so interesting! I would love to visit someday. I'll have to try riding a ding ding when I go someday!

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    1. You will enjoy it Esperanza. It is a good and cheapest way to roam around Hong Kong.

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  33. I have not been to Hong Kong yet but if I do, I'd love to take a 'ding-ding' ride. The trams look very cute and colourful and they do have an old world charm.

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    1. Most they don't realized, these trams are perfect instagrammable ride!

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  34. I’ve never been to Hong Kong before but def would love to cross it off my bucket list. I love how colorful the ding ding trams. Someday I’d like to get on one and explore the city.

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    1. That will be great! And it wont hurt your budget because its cheaper than taking cabs and MTR.

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  35. I’ve never been to Hong Kong so I’ve never seen anything like this! I love how colorful the teams are. I hope to visit here in 2018!

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    1. Yay that will be exciting for you! Visit Hong Kong during summer for more entertainments.

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  36. I have decided to travel some country this year and this Hongkong is one of my top list!

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  37. I love these. I'd love to see these in NYC. I intend to go to Hong Kong one day, so I look forward to seeing this up close.

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    1. Its a lovely tourist bus as well :D Hope to see you in Hong Kong soon!

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  38. I absolutely love this post. London's double-deckers get all the love, but these guys are no less special. A niche article well worth making, cheers!

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  39. I love these Ding Dongs, how cute and stylish are they. They are super slim too which is a delight to see.

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    1. And also the cheapest means to roam around Hong Kong :D

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