Posts Tagged ‘transport’
Hong Kong has long had one of the world’s best public transport systems. But trains and buses have been slowing down lately. Why is that happening, and can Hong Kong continue to live up to its reputation?
Ko Shing Street in Sheung Wan has been a wholesale centre for Chinese medicine for decades. The street is renowned for its high-quality herbs and dried seafood. But the opening of the West Island Line is pushing up rent. Varsity asks the street’s vendors about how they see their future.
Kaito ferries provide a much needed service to residents in some parts of Hong Kong, but stringent licensing requirements mean some are forced to operate illegally, while high operating costs threaten the future of legal services.
Varsity treks to some of Hong Kong’s remote villages to talk to the few elderly villagers still living there and hears that one if their greatest concerns is the lack of convenient transport in the event of a medical emergency.
It’s not easy being a taxi driver – rising fuel prices and increased traffic congestion have directly hit earnings, while speculation on taxi licences have made them unaffordable for most drivers. But some drivers still value the freedom and variety the job offers. Varsity talks to Hong Kong’s cabbies about how the view their career.
Hong Kong’s cross-harbour ferries used to be the only mode of transport for crossing the harbour between Kowloon and Hong Kong. The Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry crossing is still an icon of Hong Kong, but the golden days of cross-harbour ferry transport have faded. Varsity looks at the last day of the Hung Hom to Central route and the history of the cross-harbour ferries.
Cycling in Hong Kong is more than a hobby, it’s also a lifestyle choice. Varsity meets competitive child cycle racers and commuters who battle Hong Kong’s traffic-choked roads to cycle to work.
By Liz Yuen