When you travel alone, as I used to do almost exclusively in my early twenties, it’s always nice to find places where one can just blend in with the environment. In Hong Kong, that would be their iconic trams.
In my twenties, I wandered around Hong Kong on my own a lot, but usually took trams when friends or family were visiting from out of town. Over the past several years, I’ve been a visitor myself and have not missed a chance to ride the trams.
On this last visit, I arranged my days around meals with friends, so found myself along the tram lines most of that week.
One afternoon I had an hour and a half to spare before meeting my friend Shannon for tea, so I decided to see the sights from the upper level of a tram.
They aren’t air-conditioned and the temperature was hot (about 90F) and the humidity high, but I was in Hong Kong. How could I complain about that?
I rode another tram with my friend Rita on my last full day of this trip. We had been on the same route almost a year earlier and passed the same outdoor markets and mega department stores we visited last fall. It was the perfect way to catch up while seeing the sites.
The only thing better than riding a tram during the day is experiencing it at night when the (quickly disappearing) neon lights illuminate the route. I didn’t have a chance this time, but that’s something to look forward next time!