Getting around in Hong Kong

Bus, Mini-bus, Cabs, near MTR Train station

I love Hong Kong’s public transportation.  The options are pretty much endless.  You can take your pick.

Ferry, Double Decker Bus, Mini-bus, Train, Trolley and Tram.  Cabs and personal cars are options too, but I rarely use those.  I haven’t been in personal car since I left America.

If you don’t know, I’m pretty partial to public transportation.  My pops is a bus driver for MetroTransit, the public transportation system of the lovely Twin Cities.  I happen to like riding the bus.
If I wasn’t on my bike, I would ride into work via the lovely 16 bus line.  On any given day, someone would step on me, hit on me, scowl at me, or fart in my direction.  The hottest move on the bus is the spin move.  You know that move?  The spin move is just as it sounds, it’s when someone doesn’t want to sit next to you, but then changes their mind.  Instead of turning around nice and slow, they wheel around, roundhouse you in the face with their bag, almost miss their seat and plop their bums half on your leg and half on the seat next to you.  Now you know what it is, so watch out for it.

I discovered I like the buses out to the suburbs, despite being on the worst schedules.  What if I get sick in the middle of the day?  I gotta wait until at least 4 pm  to get a bus to the ‘burbs?  While the suburb busses aren’t exciting to ride, they are pleasant because it’s mostly quiet, people don’t spin move, (mostly because the driver waits until everyone is sitting to start driving) and rarely does anyone reek of stale beer.

Now, when I’ve gone to larger cities in the past, I’ve always loved to ride their trains because they are fast, and convenient.  Little did I know, I had yet to discover the best public transportation yet.

Hooray for the ferries being mostly on time.  Three cheers for the ding ding cars (trolleys) looking so cute.  The big Kahuna Kudos goes to the trains, which are amazing.  They run very often, some lines every 3 minutes.  They are clean, not one area smells like the pee smell that fills the NYC subways.  They have little shops you can go to in their stations; you can even take passport photos in these little photobooths.  No one eats or drinks on the trains, so everything is extremely clean.  They even have these little arrows to show you where to line up for the train.  Everything is easy to use, fast and efficient.

While they do get amazingly crowded, and public burping and farting is common, no one has spin-moved their backpack into my face.

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