Lives in Hong Kong, China
Since Aug 2015
Sightseeing Tours, City Tours, Cultural Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours
History Museums, Military Museums, Speciality Museums
Flea & Street Markets
Gift & Speciality Shops
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Lookouts, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Sites, Gift & Speciality Shops, , Art Galleries, Antique Stores
A novel way to kickstart your Tram adventure is to hop aboard the TramOramic - a dedicated sightseeing tram aptly named because it is a 1920's style open-top tram which grants you a panoramic view. Grab a seat in the upper deck where you can feel the breeze and charm of the ever changing landscape. In one hour, you'll be able to see city landmarks along the busiest Hong Kong corridor with a knowledgeable host and best of all, listen to true tales of local life in 8 languages.
Start off your Tram trail from the East of Hong Kong island by alighting at Shau Kei Wan, a district rich in maritime heritage. The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is formerly known as the Lei Yue Mun Fort, which was the most formidable fortification in the city built more than 100 years ago. It was also an important battlefield during the Battle for Hong Kong in 1941.
HK has plenty of scenic parks and you can visit the only waterfront park on the eastern side of Hong Kong Island, Quarry Bay Park by getting off at Kornhill stop. Quarry Bay Park’s main highlight is a long promenade along Victoria Harbour, which is popular with families and fitness lovers from the nearby residential areas.
Hang on to your seat but don't be alarmed - the tram actually runs straight through this wet market! Once you jump off at Chun Yeung Street, you can go crazy sampling exotic fruits or new culinary delights such as stuffed fishballs and unusual sauces from the spicy to the fishy. The market area was once known as Little Shanghai and today the main residents are from Fujian. Wet markets get their name from the fact that fresh meat and seafood are sold here so that the floor constantly needs to be washed down, hence "wet ".
Causeway Bay may be the pre-eminent shopping district in Hong Kong, but getting off here doesn't mean it's just about fashion. Go crazy browsing through the newest mega book store Eslite, located at the top of the iconic Hysan Place Mall. Named as “Asia’s Best” bookstore by “Time” magazine (Asia Edition), Eslite began as an individual bookstore specialized in arts and humanities titles in 1989. Today,Eslite is a cultural retail hub offering a wide collection of books, exhibitions and fine dining experiences. It smells good too!
Have a sweet stop in Happy Valley where beyond the popular horse racing course, is a popular district with local dessert shops. One must try is Lotus Garden Desserts, often frequented by local and international stars. Two of their signature dishes are the baked sago pudding with lotus seed paste which is a healthy treat, and the ginger milk curd is very smooth treat with a nice aroma.
After all the feasting, it's time to tram over to Wan Chai and indulge in the Hong Kong Art Community. The Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) is widely recognised as a local arts and cultures incubator, and it provides a wide range of programmes featuring performing arts, visual arts and more, connecting arts to the general public. Be sure to visit its signature Pao Galleries, which houses year-round, world-class exhibitions of arts and crafts.
Not only does the tram take you through heritage sites, it also connects you to the newest star attractions of Hong Kong. Take a spin at the Hong Kong Observation Wheel where you can see stunning day and night time views of the spectacular Victoria Harbour on the 60-metre high wheel. The wheel has 42 luxurious gondolas that comfortably seat eight passengers and each comes equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi (you can post your selfie on-site on your favorite social media platform!).
Drop off at Des Vouex Road and you'll smell all things under the sea! Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan is commonly known as Dried Seafood Street because salted seafood is a common ingredient in Chinese cooking, and this traditional trade is clustered around a section of the busy street. According to the tourism board, up to 50 years ago the area was dominated by salted fish stores, when workers would dry their products on rooftops, sell them on the ground floors and live on the floors in between. Today, these shops offer strange and exotic fare - the likes of black moss, dried snakeskin and dried scallop. The street is particularly lively with house wives known for their fierce bargaining skills.
The tram also takes you into the heart of Hong Kong isle - Central & Sheung Wan, where business and play comes together. One heritage chic experience that is highly popular with the creative traveller is PMQ or known as the Former HollyWood Road Police Married Quarters. Once housing the families of married policemen, the site is now a centre for design and creative industries. Its buildings have been retained and refurbished for new uses. Residential units have been converted into design studios and shops, offices for creative enterprises and lodging for visiting designers. An appealing mix of culture, history and shopping all under one roof - there is something for everyone in this quirky little corner of Hong Kong.
End your nostalgic HK Tramways journey by re-igniting your longing for books and history at the University of Hong Kong The University of Hong Kong, which first opened in 1911, is the city’s oldest university. Completed in 1912, the imposing colonial-style Main Building is supported by granite colonnades and surmounted by a tall clock tower and four turrets. Climb your way with history embedded in your steps for among its distinguished list of graduates is Dr Sun Yat-sen, the founder and first president of the Republic of China.