The locals call it the Ding Dong. But this is no ordinary transportation option, the rackety double deckers have been traversing these routes for over a century, constantly chiming along the way.
I was on these trams several times, the Octopus card came in handy,riding on these relics gave a unique glimpse of everyday Hong Kong street life. The roughly 8 mile stretch takes about an hour and a half to traverse from one end to the other. I found the most lively portions to be between Sheung Wan and North Point.
There’s the historical area in Sheung Wan, the business center in Central, the commercial center in Causeway Bay and the less eye catching parts of the east of Hong Kong Island. It gives a good idea of all different sides of Hong Kong.
Des Voeux Road West is packed with dried seafood shops, giving it the nickname Dried Seafood Street.
If you go to the Dried Seafood Street in the late morning or early afternoon, you can see something very interesting ,shop owners laying large sieves of dried scallops and salted fishes on the side of the road for sun drying.
In addition to Des Voeux Road West and Chun Yeung Street in the east ,it’s worth taking time to ride the whole route.
Riding the tram is more so for that unique peek into Hong Kong’s authentic traditional and modern life, the trams take you through the old dry food and medicine markets, swanky shopping centers and arcades, the towering skyscrapers, ancient temples, antique galleries, neon clad perky neighborhoods and more.
So Enjoy the ride!