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Old June 13th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #21
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No way trams will last longer than Star Ferry.

The peak tram, and normal trams, and star ferry will forever be symbols of Hong Kong!
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Old August 30th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #22
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Source : http://www.pbase.com/handsintheair/peak





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Old December 18th, 2009, 03:46 AM   #23
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Peak Tram and Sky Terrace to cost more
18 December 2009
South China Morning Post

Peak Tram fares and entry to the Sky Terrace of the Peak Tower will cost more from January 1, operator Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels announced yesterday.

The adult single tram fare will rise from HK$22 to HK$25, and the return from HK$33 to HK36. Children's fares of HK$8 single and HK$15 return will both rise by HK$1. Monthly tickets for adults and senior citizens will stay the same.

The price of admission to the observation deck will rise from HK$20 to HK$25 for adults, and from HK$10 to HK$12 for children.

The last time fares on the 120-year-old Peak Tram service increased was October 2006, when the adult return fare rose HK$3.

The Sky Terrace was free until September 2007 and this is the first time the company has raised the fee.

"The Peak Tram is special, with its long history. It's not something to be replaced by other vehicles," said Travel Industry Council chairman Michael Wu Siu-ieng, who believed the fare rise would not affect the tram's inclusion in tourist packages.

Agencies were given a grace period of three months during which prices for agents would stay the same, executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said. "Of course we don't want any fare increase. But it's a commercial decision and we have no choice but to accept it," he said.

Some tourists asked in particular to ride on the Peak Tram, but the Peak Tower should add value to the Sky Terrace, he said. "They should add more programmes for people to enjoy on the Sky Terrace."
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Old December 18th, 2009, 10:04 PM   #24
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Few pictures from my visit to Peak Tram in September:
It is really inclined


On the peak:




A look down:


Control room:
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Old January 27th, 2010, 05:41 PM   #25
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Old October 21st, 2010, 07:59 AM   #26
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So where now for Scots on the make?
17 October 2010
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THE white-knuckle tram ride to Hong Kong's Victoria Peak is a must-do for tourists.

As it heaved its way up the steep gradient overlooking a terrifying drop, I was glad it was the brainchild of a Scot - Alexander Findlay Smith.

How come we can complete an engineering miracle in 1888 but can't get a tram from one end of Princes Street to the other in 2010? In Hong Kong the imprint of the early Scots who came here is still apparent.

The city has streets with names like Argyle and Dundas, a harbour called Aberdeen and gleaming corporate skyscrapers that owe their existence to Scots financial canniness.

It has to be said there were also times when our Scots forefathers didn't do us proud. The early financiers were big in the drugs trade - and we think today's bankers have an image problem.

I first came to Hong Kong 16 years ago, just before it was handed back to the Chinese.

I was making a documentary about the vibrant Scots community and how they held senior positions in banking, the police, in newspapers and even in the world-beating railway system.

In the 1960s and 70s Hong Kong had been a yellow brick road for thousands of young Scotsmen and women.

Not just high-rollers, but ordinary Scots willing to work hard to make a better life for themselves.

I met one woman from Paisley who had come with a few hundred pounds in her pocket and had become a multimillionaire running a chain of pubs. That chain no longer exists in Hong Kong and my feeling is the huge opportunities are no longer there.

The jobs are now going to the Chinese, and why not? A generation ago a passport and a bucket-load of ambition took thousands of Scots not just to Hong Kong, but to America, Canada and Australia where our work ethic got us a warm welcome.

The trigger for large-scale migration was a deep economic downturn and a lack of jobs.

Today we're bracing ourselves for just that, but where are those same opportunities? Nowadays you need particular skills to find work, even in traditional destinations like Australia. Everywhere else, the biggest barrier is language.

By chance I came home to discover that the Liberal Democrats had called for Mandarin to be taught in every school in Scotland.

China will soon become the next economic superpower. Its rate of growth is mind-blowing - it's expected to build 10 cities each the size of New York within the next 15 years.

Hong Kong's gleaming skyline owes some of its success to Scots ingenuity, but it's moved on.

As a new generation of Scots find times tough at home, where is the Hong Kong of the future? From the top of Victoria Peak on a clear day you can see the Chinese mainland. Maybe Alexander Findlay Smith, who first got travellers up there, was trying to tell us something.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 05:19 PM   #27
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Temporary public transport arrangements during suspension of Peak Tram service
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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The Transport Department today (November 25) reminded the public that the Peak Tram would be suspended on November 29 and 30 due to maintenance works. Temporary public transport arrangements will be implemented during the suspension period.

The temporary transport arrangements mainly include:

1. Diversion of New World First Bus (NWFB) Route 15

NWFB Route 15 (Central (Central Ferry Piers / Exchange Square) - The Peak) will be diverted to operate via the Lower Peak Tram Station on Garden Road on its journeys to the Peak from 7am to midnight. The bus service will be strengthened to meet passengers' demand when necessary.

2. Suspension of service of NWFB Route 15C

The service of NWFB Route 15C (Central (Central Ferry Pier No 8) - Garden Road (Lower Peak Tram Station)) will be suspended.

3. Strengthening of service of Green Minibus (GMB) Route 1

GMB Route 1 (Central (Hong Kong Station Public Transport Interchange) - The Peak) will be strengthened to meet passengers' demand when necessary.

The Peak Tramways Company Limited and NWFB will put up notices at Peak Tram stations and bus stops respectively to advise passengers of the above arrangements.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 10:01 AM   #28
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Peak Tram takes a break
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Visitors to The Peak who like to take the iconic tram had better make alternative plans if they're going there early next month.

The Peak Tram is scheduled for its annual maintenance work on September 5, with services resuming at 7am the next day.

Alternatives will be provided. A temporary bus stop will be added at the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus where passengers can take the New World First Bus route No 15.

The frequency of the Public Light Bus No 1 from Central will also increase.
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Old September 4th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #29
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Temporary public transport arrangements during suspension of Peak Tram service
Friday, September 2, 2011
Government Press Release

The Transport Department today (September 2) announced that temporary public transport arrangements will be implemented on September 5 (Monday) to facilitate the suspension of the Peak Tram service for maintenance of the tram system.

The temporary transport arrangements include:

A. Diversion of bus route No. 15

New World First Bus (NWFB) route No. 15 (Central (Central Ferry Piers/Exchange Square) - The Peak) will be diverted to operate via the Lower Peak Tram Station on Garden Road on its journeys to the Peak from 7am to midnight. The bus service will be strengthened to meet passenger demand when necessary.

B. Suspension of service of route No. 15C

The service of NWFB route No. 15C (Central (Central Ferry Pier No. 8) - Garden Road (Lower Peak Tram Station)) will be suspended.

C. Strengthening of service of green minibus route No. 1

The service of green minibus route No. 1 (Central (Hong Kong Station Public Transport Interchange) - The Peak) will be strengthened to meet passenger demand when necessary.

The Peak Tramways Company Limited and NWFB will put up notices at Peak Tram stations and bus stops to advise passengers of the above arrangements.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 06:42 PM   #30
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This tram's fascinating. It's even personalised.

In the last paragraph wherein the red non-stop indicators are illustrated, what's meant by "alighting passengers"? Does the tram operator's usage of the term refer to passengers wishing to get off of the platform (station), i.e., those wishing to board the tram? If not, then why would a passenger wishing to disembark at an intermediate stop, thereby freeing up space inside the tram, be prohibited from doing so? Might this mean a tram --all of a sudden-- becomes a mere shuttle to the top or bottom station once its capacity is topped at any one of the first four stops of the ride? Reluctantly, must said wishful passenger complete the tram ascent/descent and thereafter try disembarking on the hopefully-more lucky return trip (do passengers risk riding the transport indefinitely?!?)? Is maximum capacity announced on-board by the tram driver? How much time and breathlessness can detours/climbs/descents exact from the otherwise-tram-detainees when they disembark early, thanks to the drivers' announcements? Must the local passengers grind their teeth often 'at' the tourists?

Their at-station stop-request literature, however, is muddling

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Old September 26th, 2011, 11:53 PM   #31
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even its switches seem queer, i.e., tram filmed below takes the left-hand exit:


watch for yourself (clickable)
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Old October 11th, 2011, 09:17 AM   #32
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That panel is for the passengers waiting at the stop to press to request the next tram to stop there. If someone on board the tram wishes to get off, what happens at the stop would not impact it.
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I like the Peak, and while the funicular is a tourist must-do (I've done it twice, not sure I will do it thrice), it doesn't scale well with more tourists (and as the mainland becomes more affluent we can expect many more of them). Furthermore while the views towards the end are great, for 3/4 of the trip you look into a succession of garages built next to the line (I think there are more of them now than 10 years ago as well, but that may be my imagination). Of course less-than-stellar views, long waiting lines, and increasing prices may offset more tourists, but to me the tram, while a must-do, is not the high point of the Peak. Neither is the shopping mall end station, which is a mediocre affair with well-above mediocre prices.

But I truly love the foot paths around the peak, one of my favourite things in Hong Kong, and for some reason not truly discovered by either the locals nor the tourists. In other words you can walk in relative solitude, absolute solitude at night.
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This discussion is frankly not interesting, though maybe there should be a thread on signage (if there isn't already).
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Guys, keep this on-topic please. Stop the personal insults and ask questions in a respectful manner.

HKSkyline, thank you for your efforts in posting information, they're much appreciated.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 05:32 PM   #36
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Temporary public transport arrangements during suspension of Peak Tram service
Friday, March 9, 2012
Government Press Release

The Transport Department today (March 9) announced that temporary public transport arrangements will be implemented from March 12 (Monday) to March 16 (Friday) to facilitate the suspension of the Peak Tram service for maintenance of the tram system.

The temporary transport arrangements include:

A. Diversion of bus route No. 15

New World First Bus (NWFB) route No. 15 (Central (Central Ferry Piers)/Exchange Square to the Peak) will be diverted to operate via the Lower Peak Tram Station on Garden Road on its journeys to the Peak daily from 7am to midnight. The bus service will be strengthened to meet passenger demand when necessary.

B. Suspension of service of bus route No. 15C

The service of NWFB route No. 15C (Central (Central Ferry Pier No. 8) to Garden Road (Lower Peak Tram Station)) will be suspended.

C. Strengthening of service of green minibus route No. 1

The service of green minibus route No. 1 (Central (Hong Kong Station Public Transport Interchange) to the Peak) will be strengthened to meet passenger demand when necessary.

The Peak Tramways Company Limited and NWFB will put up notices at Peak Tram stations and bus stops to advise passengers of the above arrangements.
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Does anyone actually use the peak tram for public transportation? When I took it, it was just a tourist thing with no intermediary stops.
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Does anyone actually use the peak tram for public transportation? When I took it, it was just a tourist thing with no intermediary stops.
There are stops along the way within the residential areas of Mid-Levels.
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There are stops along the way within the residential areas of Mid-Levels.
Yeah I saw those, but they didn't seem in use.
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Yeah I saw those, but they didn't seem in use.
They are in use, but the trams won't stop unless passengers press the call button on the platform or request stop on the tram.
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