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Discover Hong Kong's Living History by Tram

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Since 1904, trams have been running from East to West of Hong Kong Island. Over the last century, as history witnessed the development of Hong Kong, the tram remains a nostalgic mode of public transport to uncover the heritage past and exciting new vibes of the city along it tracks. Be like a local - hop on and off a transport icon to discover hidden gems and new attractions, whilst catching local sights along its path.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

TramOramic Sightseeing Tour

Sightseeing Tours, City Tours, Cultural Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

History Museums, Military Museums, Speciality Museums

Quarry Bay Park

Parks

Chun Yeung Street

Flea & Street Markets

Eslite Bookstore

Gift & Speciality Shops

Lotus Garden

Restaurants

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Theme Parks

Des Voeux Road West

Points of Interest & Landmarks

PMQ

Historic Sites, Gift & Speciality Shops, , Art Galleries, Antique Stores

The University of Hong Kong

Educational sites

HKTram_Driver's City Tips

  • Normal fares can be paid with cash or by swiping one of Hong Kong's versatile 'Octopus' cash cards. Only HK$2.30 (30 U.S. cents per ride), regardless of journey time.
  • Grab a 'TramOramic Golden Ticket' if you plan to hop on and off many times. It offers a 1-hour tour aboard a unique open-deck tram plus 2-day unlimited rides off any regular tram.
  • Look out for the direction of the tram - they only run in two directions so it should not be tough to figure out which way. Ask the tram driver for help!
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    TramOramic Sightseeing Tour
    Sightseeing Tours, City Tours, Cultural Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make full use of the 2-day unlimited Hop-On, Hop-Off Tramway pass which comes with the TramOramic ticket to deepen exploration of the city. You can start by following this guide!
    • The pick-up and drop-off points for the TramOramic alternate between the Western Market Terminus & Causeway Bay Terminus, depending on your selected time slot.
    • If you are a tram enthusiast, you can learn more about the history of trams from the on-board picture gallery and vintage artefacts!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 147 Tours in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Tram Ride 04/12/2017
    • GOOD 04/12/2017
    • TramOramic Sightseeing Tour
    Address:
    No.88 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay Tram Terminus
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-25487102
    Other:
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    Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
    History Museums, Military Museums, Speciality Museums
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Priced 10 HKD for an adult ticket, it's practically free.
    • Lots of activities suitable for children, such as painting and story telling.
    • Get off at Shai Kei Wan Terminus for either route.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 847 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great museum with good new temperory exhibitions, but.... 24/11/2017
    • Very interesting museum und a very very beautiful view to Kowloon side. 12/11/2017
    • Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
    Address:
    175 Tung Hei Rd, Shau Kei Wan
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    (852) 2569-1500
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Quarry Bay Park
    Parks
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy the alfresco entertainment just east of the park, next to the Sai Wan Ho ferry pier, where restaurants and bars enjoy a view over the water.
    • Be sure to also check out the Alexander Graham, once Hong Kong’s famous fireboat, now converted into the marine fire services' museum.
    • Drop off at Finnie Street (81E Eastbound) or Tai Koo Shing (12W Westbound) stop.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #309 of 847 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Good to exercise 09/07/2017
    • outstanding harbor 09/05/2017
    • Quarry Bay Park
    Address:
    Tai Koo Shing, Quarry Bay, Eastern District, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
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    Chun Yeung Street
    Flea & Street Markets
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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 ".

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The stall vendors are unlikely to speak English well, so just point and smile.
    • It gets really crowded and busy in the evenings, be prepared to squeeze!
    • Jump off at Chun Yeung Street (67E Eastbound) or North Point Road (32W Westbound) stop.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #217 of 847 things to do in Hong Kong
    • A Night Market Meant for Locals 07/11/2017
    • Interesting street market 08/10/2017
    • Chun Yeung Street
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    Eslite Bookstore
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Eslite is located at the top of Hysan Place Mall, take the lift up to save time.
    • Eslite Bookshop offers many lifestyle botique merchandise beyond books; take a break by chilling in their flagship cafe - Eslite Tea Room. Delish high tea!
    • Don't miss your stop at Percival Street (51E Eastbound) or Paterson Street (48W Westbound).
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 396 Shopping in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Reasonable selection but not as good as Page One, which it is trying to replace. 02/08/2017
    • Mega Book Store in Causeway Bay 24/06/2017
    • Eslite Bookstore
    Address:
    8/F-10/F Hysan Place, Hennessy road, Causeway bay
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-34196789
    Other:
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    Lotus Garden
    Restaurants
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Other star-rated dishes to savour include Hong Kong staples such as the wide variety noodles and congee
    • If you are craving for more savoury eats, there are plentiful of options along Sing Wo Road such as Dim Sum at Yu Man Fang 譽滿坊 Restaurant.
    • Happy Valley Terminus is the best stop to get off to explore the precinct.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4,878 of 7,648 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • Cute old school desert shop 20/05/2017
    • GOOD TASTE AND DECENT PORTION 17/05/2017
    • Lotus Garden
    Address:
    51A Shop D, G Sing Woo Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28915569
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$20
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    Hong Kong Arts Centre
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • You can sign up for a free tour ranging from public art to a hands-on art education activity.
    • The nearest alighting points would be Fenwick Street (39E Eastbound) or Gresson Street (60W Westbound) stop.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #472 of 847 things to do in Hong Kong
    • The place for art wonders! 06/12/2017
    • May be due to renovations but almost nothing there 15/06/2017
    • Hong Kong Arts Centre
    Address:
    2 Harbour Road, Wanchai
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-25820200
    Other:
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    Hong Kong Observation Wheel
    Theme Parks
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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!).

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • You may be pleasantly surprised that the cabins are heated in winter, air-conditioned in summer too.
    • Pedder Street (27E/70W on either route) is the nearest stop. (Psss...for stylish shopping fans, Abercrombie & Fitch's flagship store is just round the corner too)
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 847 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Its closed. New management 21-12-2017 11/12/2017
    • Rip Off 10/09/2017
    • Hong Kong Observation Wheel
    Address:
    Central
    Outside Star Ferry
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2807 6543
    Other:
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    Des Voeux Road West
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The street is particularly vibrant in the run up to any major Chinese Festival such as Chinese New Year when local households are busy preparing for celebratory banqueting.
    • You would literally see fish hanging near the tram stop - Eastern Street (15E/84W either route)
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #261 of 847 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Wonderful smells 18/01/2017
    • Dried Fish Street 12/01/2017
    • Des Voeux Road West
    Address:
    Pacific Plaza
    Hong Kong
    China
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    PMQ
    Historic Sites, Gift & Speciality Shops, , Art Galleries, Antique Stores
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take your time to browse through the many local designer buys and be sure to look out for funky display sculptures.
    • Need a nibble or drink? Michelin star Jason Atherton’s latest “Aberdeen Street Social" restaurant is set within the outdoor gardens of PMQ.
    • Gilman Street is the right stop (23E/74W on either route)
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 93 Museums in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice break from the city 23/11/2017
    • Nice place to look around 19/11/2017
    • PMQ
    Address:
    No.35 Aberdeen Street, Central
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28702335
    Other:
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    The University of Hong Kong
    Educational sites
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    HKTram_Driver Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Check out the university's sprawling four internal courtyards, two of which have palm trees over nine metres tall!
    • Kennedy Town where university students relax is a very local district with trendy bars and eats. One of my favorite bars is Ping Pong Gintonería, a gin bar located in the basement.
    • You know its the right stop when you see all the students getting off at Whitty Street (09E/90W))
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 847 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice quint university 18/07/2017
    • Art gallery is worth a visit 26/04/2017
    • The University of Hong Kong
    Address:
    Pok Fu Lam Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852 2859 2111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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