Last week, I traveled to Hong Kong for 5 days. As I didnt plan a lot, my friend suggested me to take an open-top bus - Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus. It is really a good choice for me to travel around Hong Kong Island.
The declarations of the buses are creative and colorful. The design is based on the classic Chinese rickshaw, the main transportation in the old days. Video aid is available on-board to introduce the hotspots of the next bus stop. It provided me more information than I searched before. This bus is flexible for me and it's more convenience than the local tour as I can enjoy the hop-on and hop-off service.
I bought a One Day Pass (US$6) for unlimited routes on 2 sightseeing routes. I started the trip from Central Star Ferry, and took H1 Heritage Route to travel around Central and Western District. Leaving Star Ferry the bus passed Western Market, then along Hollywood Road, the famous antique shopping street, past Man Mo temple. I not only sightsee on the bus, but also can get off the bus to any designated stops, and get on to continue the bus tour. I got off in Man Mo Temple, walking along Lascar Row. Then, I got on the sightseeing bus to Dr Sun Yatsen Museum, and Hong Kong University. I traveled back through Western district and the dried seafood shops then past the Macau Ferry to the terminus at Star Ferry.
After the heritage journey, I took another H2 Metropolis Route for my shopping tour. I left from Star Ferry and traveled through Wanchai to my shopping destination of Causeway Bay and Times Square, then go to Happy Valley racecourse, and back via St Johns Cathedral and Statue Square in the heart of Central. I do have lots of fun with my one day bus tour!
Actually, the Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus covers only a small part of the city (Big Bus Tours do not cover such a big part either...), but it really costs very little and if you don't have much time or you'd like to see the city from an open top bus, it certainly worth the money.
article published 2/17/2012