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Methods of Transportation in Hong Kong

There is more than just one of traveling in Hong Kong.  Here is a list for consideration, plus there will be other entries to give a little history and more information about these methods of transportation.

  • MTR (Mass Transit Railway) - The MTR is essentially the Hong Kong version of the subway, traveling underground but above ground in some areas as well..  It will allow you to reach virtually anywhere, with a little bit of walking, and there are buses to take you to the places that the MTR does not reach.
  • Bus - There are buses that run throughout the Hong Kong region, both single and double decker.
  • Mini-Bus - Mini-buses carry roughly 16 people and will also take you throughout Hong Kong, though they will take you places that normal buses will not (more remote areas of Hong Kong).
  • Taxi - As in any big city, there are taxis for hire.  There are three colors of taxis to be seen in Hong Kong - red, green and light blue.  The red taxis will travel all over Hong Kong, whereas the green taxis are more for the northern New Territories.  The ligh blue taxis are on Lantau Island, where the International Airport is located.
  • Ferry - An older way of traveling between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, one can still board a ferry, especially the Star Ferry.  For traveling to Macau and islands close to Hong Kong, there are ferrys that can be used for travel.
  • Walking - The good old fashioned way of travel.

Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in Hong Kong

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The MTR is the subway of Hong Kong. First began in the 1970's, it has grown to include many of the major areas in Hong Kong. Where the MTR cannot reach, there are buses - both big and small - to take you there.

MTR (Mass Transit Railway)

The Mass Transit Railway first began in the 1970s.  In the 1960's, the Hong Kong government recognized that there was going to be a need for a mass transit system of some kind due to the growing population that came with the economic growth that Hong Kong was experiencing.  A committee was formed and a study made.  The proposition that finally came form this would be what would eventually become the MTR of today.

The MTR was designed to quickly carry people throughout Hong Kong, so there are several lines of service.  Stations are generally underground in the major parts of the city while the stations will be above ground elsewhere in Hong Kong.  Each station has a map of the whole system and will have signs to make it very clear which way you're going.  To travel on the MTR, you can purchase a ticket at any station that will allow you to travel to any station throughout Hong Kong, although using an Octopus Card is also a very convenient way to travel on the MTR.  The attendants at the MTR stations speak some English as well, so tourists needing directions can ask and will receive assistance.

Octopus Card

The Octopus Card is probably the most convenient way to pay for using any means of transportation in Hong Kong.  It essentially functions as a debit card, allowing you to add money to it which is automatically deducted from the balance.  Additional money can be added to the card at a number of locations, including any 7-Eleven or Circle-K store.

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One part of Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island.
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The parks in Hong Kong are very well maintained.  There are parks in almost every size, from the very small to parks that are the size of city blocks.  However, all of these parks are still very complex and have a lot of detail and effort put into their creation.  Here are just a few parks I'd suggest for Hong Kong.

Lai Chi Kok Park

This park is located near Mei Foo Sun Chuen and has several features for every person.  There are Chinese Gardens, basketball courts, squash courts and even a skate park.

Victoria Park

This park is located on Hong Kong Island in Causeway Bay and is named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain.  Originally, this area was a typhoon shelter, but it was reclaimed and then the park was built upon the reclaimed land.

Contributor: jwalgren
Created: September 16, 2008 · Modified: November 6, 2008

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