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The Big Bus Hong Kong

By on September 5, 2015 in Hong Kong

After a day of wandered around the hot streets of Hong Kong, I thought I would have a day of site-seeing on the Big Bus Hong Kong.

The Big Bus Hong Kong turned out to be an enjoyable way to see Hong Kong (although there are a few issues, see below) and it also meant I got to see parts that I would have never seen if I had spent the day on foot. An added bonus was that the bus ticket included the entry for Victoria Peak and a cruise around the harbour.

I had no idea that the southern part of Hong Kong Island would be so full of trees, and so pretty.

It is a real thrill ride on the top of the bus out to Stanley due to the low branches on the trees and the bouncy winding roads.

There was also some stunning architecture.

A crazy curved building.

And another building with a hole in it.

There are some stunning views from the Big Bus across the bays.

And when I was on the Big Bus it wasn’t exactly busy.

The commentary on the Big Bus Hong Kong, delivered in a range of languages through earphones was OK. It had some interesting little facts but was often lacking depth.

Organisation for the visit to Victoria Peak was a shambles as I had to queue for an extended period to get my Big Bus peak ticket exchanged for a real Peak entry ticket, and no one where we were dropped off seemed to know what was going on.

Also, the bus often doesn’t stop at the most convenient places, for example at Stanley, no indication of how to get down to the market area. No signs, no directions, nothing. (From the drop-off and pick-up point at Stanley Plaza go down through the shops to sea level and then walk left along the coast to the market area, or right to Murray House and the pier.

In central areas of Hong Kong the bus tended to get stuck a lot of traffic for extended periods. I guess with the traffic in Hong Kong this has to be expected. While stuck in traffic a little more commentary would have been better instead of the music that was played.

One final comment is that the bus doesn’t stop at many places, and it could do with a few more, and with better marking of the ones they do have.

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