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4-day tram pass: slowness isn’t a kind of loss but gain

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The tram in Hong Kong is so unique to both the locals and the tourists because you can’t find the double-decker without air conditioning in other cities. The so-called ‘ding ding’ in Cantonese only costs you HK$2.3 per trip which is so cheap! It’s good to take one to travel on Hong Kong Island.

Besides the single fare, the tram company also introduces a 4-day pass ticket which is available on their official website only. So, you can’t buy one somewhere in Hong Kong and I suggest you having it before your trip if you are interested in. Buy it online and let the company mail the ticket to your home with some additional amounts of money.

Make sure you know they just have the one with 4 consecutive days, no a single day or two or others. I don’t know why this happens, but if you are okay to travel on Hong Kong Island only, the ticket is really for you!

As a local Hong Kong islander I bought it out of curiosity, to see what the ticket is like, and to let me engage more in taking tram trips. I don’t get somewhere on the island by tram very often since it’s slow which can take me so much time.

The 4 days have passed. I have been to many places in the northern Hong Kong Island including Instagram Pier, old streets and some cafes. As I was free I didn’t mind the slowness of the tram. I realize that if I don’t care about it, I will feel I can have much more time than when I am busy hurrying everything up to catch an express bus or a subway. People especially living in bustling cities like Hong Kong try to make everything faster in order to save more time, including all kinds of enjoyments to make sure they can experience ‘more’ in quantity. And thus they ignore the quality. They have a full schedule of what to do every day, and they need to be painful to catch up the schedule by shortening events a little bit and transportation time.

Busyness has become the king ruling all people since the Industrial Revolution. To make sure one is not lazy, he or she has to do so many things (and go to so many places) in a day. As transportation can waste a lot of time they prefer the fastest way to save time. The time saved is not helping them relax but is reserved for more and more (unnecessary) tasks. They have already marry to hardworking values and they are busier and busier in the long run. Light speed is still slow for them!

Actually we have more and more urgent but unimportant tasks in our hand. Notification setting in our smartphones is one of the sources which drives people so quickly in everything. Not all of them are really important while you can have the right to opt them out. Facebook news and some WhatsApp messages……

對於本地人和遊客來說,香港電車是很獨特的交通工具,因為在別地是不能看到沒空調的雙層電車。「叮叮」單程只花2.3港元,十分便宜,它是遊覽香港不錯的方式!

除了單程費用,電車公司有推出「4天通行票」,但不能在香港實體店鋪購買,所以如果你是遊客,必須出發前在他們的官方網頁購買,由他們把車票寄到府上,郵費另付。

他們只有4個連續天數的選項,而沒有單日或兩天等。我不知道為何會有這個安排,但如果來香港只在香港島上也可以,那麼這通行票是很適合遊客的。

作為香港島人,我出於好奇買了這張車票,看看車票的模樣,想讓自己有個理由多點乘電車。本身我很少乘電車的,因為電車比較慢。

4天很快的過去,那些日子我去了不少地方,如Instagram Pier、老街道和咖啡店。可能因為有空,所以不會覺得電車很慢。我察覺到如果我不在意,我會感到自己有更多時間。反之,當我處於繁忙時,縮短各樣事情所需時間,取道最快捷的特快巴士和鐵路,都不會覺得自己節省了更多時間。在香港這些大都市,人們的動作都很快,連假期也是,為了體驗「更多」的事項,但不是深入的慢慢體會和細味。每天有密密麻麻的活動,為了順利無誤需要減少節目和通勤的時間,但為了趕上,是很痛苦的。

自工業革命以來,「繁忙」主宰了人們的生活,「懶惰」是不應該的,所以要讓自己做更多時間來感到充實。交通時間可以佔了生活大部分,所以需要最快的方式,可是節省下來的時間最後為了填補更多的事務。「勤力」是價值觀,最後只會愈來愈忙,愈來愈需要快,連光速都不夠快!

其實只要細心發覺,我們有愈來愈多看來「緊急但不重要」的事務。手機上的通知功能往往讓人們的步伐愈來愈急速,需要立即作出回應,可是大部分都不重要的是可以選擇不即時處理。Facebook上的新聞、WhatsApp的訊息⋯⋯

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Hong KongAlvin Cwander