Final stop for Hong Kong’s ding ding?

With a title like that we expect a little more response from Hong Kongers or residents of the SAR. The article in question (here) seeks to elaborate how competition from other modes of transport may erode the lure of taking an iconic ride on the world famous trams of Hong Kong island.


Our first ride on the Ding ding was in the early 1990s fresh out of college. It was already a tourist attraction, though there was a considerable number of locals taking the tram. More about that in our Hong Kong handprint story (which will come soon enough). True the SAR has numerous other attractions and a plethora of things to do. But we are sure that many who visit the island even today would consider a ride on the tramway to be a must do activity.

Constructed in 1903, the tramway is now well over 100 years old. Like a venerable old dame, the tramway has seen booms, busts and wars. The familiar “ding” that one hears as the tram comes through is iconic as the dim sum that one seeks in Hong Kong in our opinion. We actually compared that with the one in San Francisco. Although different (the Hong Kong one is double decked), they were both constructed and put in service around the same decades of the 19th century.

Real estate is precious on tiny Hong Kong island. Would this little piece of gem be removed? How do the locals feel about this iconic symbol of Hong Kong? Will Hong Kongers nd residents tell us your views?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

13 thoughts on “Final stop for Hong Kong’s ding ding?”

  1. I love it and think it’s still an effective and convenient way to get around parts of Hong Kong.. I would hate to see it reduced in service or stopped or replaced with more modern trams..

    Maybe they could re-fit the existing tram designs with more modern seats etc. inside, w/out ruining the nostalgia of design / style etc.

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    1. Hmmm, yes the interior seating could be better we agree. But for the exterior it should be preserved as you suggest. Let’s hope someone from the HK authorities realize they have a gem on their hands!

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