Hong Kong has a well-established traffic network connecting us to every corner of the city — and the world. From the historic Peak Tram, Star Ferry and tram services operating since the late-19th century to speedy, stress-free bus routes, railways and flights, the scope of transportation is as diverse as it’s ever been.
While we take pride in our efficient transport infrastructure, just how much do we know about the triumph of its evolution? For a bit of history, let us take you on a sea, land and sky tour to revisit how Hong Kong transportation transformed into what it is today.
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Pier 8, Central
Hong Kong took great pains to emerge from a small fishing village into a world-renowned trading port; Victoria Harbour is an intrinsic part of local culture. The Hong Kong Maritime Museum promotes the city’s maritime heritage, highlighting the city’s development as an international port and shipping hub. It features more than 5,000 artefacts, 15 galleries, a rooftop café, gift shop and nautical antique gallery. It’s time for a voyage.
Hong Kong Railway Museum
13 Shung Tak Street, Tai Po
Thomas & Friends are adorable, aren’t they? Equally fascinating are the railway exhibits that chronicle the story of railway development in the territory. You can see it all at the Hong Kong Railway Museum. Looking from outside, it has the pitched roof of a typical Chinese building, recognised as the landmark of the district. Not to be missed is the full-sized model of the electric train compartment in the museum. Don’t forget to take photos.
Aviation Discovery Centre
SkyPlaza, Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2
The aviation-themed drama series Triumph in the Skies was well received in the city, if not Asia. Indeed, many people dream of soaring above the clouds. It’s difficult to become a pilot, but it’s easy to get a taste of flight experience in the aviation discovery centre’s simulator. The airplane lovers’ paradise presents facts, figures and interesting topics about aviation development in Hong Kong in a stylish setting. Come enjoy the fun and make your flying dream come true.
Kowloon Motor Bus Customer Service Centres
Established in 1933, Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) is the oldest public bus service operator in Hong Kong. If you have a keen interest in different periods of buses, go catch a glimpse of the entire bus model series in any of the KMB customer service centres in Hung Hom, Tsim Sha Tsui, Lam Tin, Sha Tin, Mei Fu, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Tai Lam and Tin Shui Wai. They are not just exhibits. You can bring them home.
The summer’s scorching heat has been replaced by cool autumn breezes, so there is no excuse to slouching back on a sofa looping cell phones all day. Whether you are a local or a visitor, it’s time to pick a sunny day and get out and stretch your legs. Go to any of these exhibits or museums and I bet the next time you take public transport it will be a whole new experience.