Category Archives: Transportation

The Trams to Happy Valley are not working

Due to the typhoon, tram lines to Happy valley have ceased running until they fix the power line due to damage by a big fallen tree.

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A 10.45am Tram Jam

I was on the way back to Wanchai from Happy Valley, sitting quite comfortably on the tram when it suddenly came to a halt. This was just after the tram had left Tonnochy station.

Everyone just sort of looked at each other and a few people started getting off. The driver was out on the pavement and telling us that there’d been an accident ahead, our tram could not pass.

Fortunately I wasn’t carrying anything too heavy (besides a huge belly) and the route home was near and familiar.

No need to pay, umm sai bei qin” the driver called out. He’d switched off the octopus reader and was just waving his hands gesturing for all of us to be on our merry way to find some other means of getting to our respective destinations.

I got off the tram and wanted to see what exactly was blocking our passage. There didn’t seem to be any apparent obstruction on the tracks or the road ahead.

Walking further along the road, I saw a bus which had stopped past the traffic lights in the middle of the intersection of Hennessey towards Heard Street.

There was the bus driver making some notes and taking photos of the bus. I couldn’t see any vehicle that it had run into though. There didn’t seem to be any apparent or significant damage.

Cars and buses were making their way around the stalled bus but the trams didn’t seem to want to try passing even though I thought there’d be sufficient space. These HK trams are pretty narrow, but I guess the drivers don’t want to risk getting stuck and compounding the situation.

It’ll probably take an hour or two to get a tow truck for the bus, so if you’re heading westbound you might want to catch the MTR or bus instead.

Or if you’re close enough, just go on foot as the temperature is just fantastic today despite the pollution 🤔

Bringing your stroller to Wan Chai by MTR? ACCESS DENIED.

This is just bordering on ridiculous. How can The lift serving the concourse to platform be out of order for renovation for 7 months?!!


Ok MTR Corp, in May I’d like to see 3 lift shafts where there was only one before and each lift capable of taking at least 5 strollers instead of the 3 that we can pack in like sardines (if all mobile people take the escalators). 


If any renovation lasts more than 3 days, MTR Corp should be obliged to put up a proper explanation of what is being done to justify the inconvenience, extra staffing and general annoyance this causes the public. 


I’m waiting for my reply.

The disappointment of a cancelled bus route

The 590A plied a route from Admiralty through Wan Chai to South Horizons every 15-30 minutes. This was the bus we took last year to get to school when the South Island Line was still under construction. Since the MTR line opened and the weather became generally worse (hot, humid and polluted), we’d given up on the erratic schedule of the bus service in favour of the South Island Line

There are pros and cons of course. The 590A always operated a clean nice double decker and took a very efficient route to South Horizons. It is well air conditioned and a very pleasant ride to see what’s happening above street level in Wan Chai. The bus stop is also a few minutes closer to home and as it is a direct route, doesn’t need transiting. It was pretty much the closest thing I could get door to door to South Horizons. 

In contrast, the MTR transit requires a bit of a rushed walk with plenty of anxious commuters through the bowels of Admiralty station, 3 escalators down to get to the South Island Line from the main blue Island line.

I fancied taking the bus today. I had time to spare and thought a bus ride would be nice to see the changes happening above ground. Imagine my disappointment when I got to the Wan Chai road bus stop and found that the route had been terminated!


Hong Kong is totally efficiency driven. If it ain’t making money, cancel it…

I’m now walking back to the MTR station… it’s back to the underground. 


If you take their suggested replacement route, bus 90, it gets you to Ap Lei Chau estate which is close but still a 10-12 minute walk to South Horizons unless you get off at a preceding stop (say just after the bridge) and catch the 592 or 595 that’ll drop you at the South Horizons bus stop near Marina Square. 

Wanchai Lockdown: July 1st celebration what to do and President Xi Jin Ping’s visit

Tip: Get your walking shoes on and walk everywhere.

This weekend is especially crazy in Wanchai due to the Chinese President’s visit. Police are all over Wan Chai, in the MTR stations, patrolling the streets, policing  bad street parking. It’s never been so quiet on the roads on a weekday. No honking of cars, no fire engines and ambulances roaring by every half an hour. 

The MTR station is chock-a-block, full of people every minute of the day. No one wants to use the buses due to diversions and possibly long traffic jams in any given direction. 

If you’re planning on catching the fireworks in Wanchai, it’s best you secure your spot well before 7pm when the lockdown begins. And police have full discretion over when the roads re-open… it could be early tomorrow morning. Here’s my hand drawn map (based on information  from the traffic department) to give you an idea of the chaos that could ensue given that half of Wanchai could be closed tomorrow evening. 

Road closures anticipated around Wan Chai from 7pm onwards on Saturday

The area around the Convention centre and Grand Hyatt and Renaissance hotels is already on lockdown as the President is staying there with his entourage. The hosting and toasting will also happen there so count on the roads being exclusively used for anyone going to the party. 

The Stubbs road closure for heavy goods vehicles and all lay by areas is in anticipation of lots of people heading up to the Peak to watch the fireworks. It will really be mass pandemonium up there since the weather is perfect for fireworks right now. 

Here’s a few events happening in Wanchai. (I took these from the HKSAR 20 website which has the full list.)


This dinner is on tonight at 6pm. But we’re not invited so just stay away!


Then the VIP entertainment at 8pm. It’s on TV so you can watch it at home (if you have a TV).

Some other celebratory stuff going on in Wan Chai over the weekend:


A dragon dance on Sunday at Southorn Playground between 4-9pm.


A football match you can view tomorrow (Saturday) between 9am -2.30pm at Southorn Playground.


Free rides on the Star Ferry between TST and Wan Chai and TST and Central all Sunday when the festivities are over and the VIPs have left. 

A day of accidents before the Black Rain

Yesterday the rain was torrential. The Hong Kong observatory first labelled it a yellow rain, then a red rain when the thunder and lightning rolled in, then the highest signal, black rain. Rivers ran outside my window and the rain was a constant drumming on every exposed surface. 

There wasn’t much wind, it wasn’t a typhoon so it was quite pleasant walking outside especially with Wellington boots on (or rain boots 水鞋 as they are known here) and a big umbrella. No need to dance around the puddles, with waterproof knee high boots on you can walk straight through them. Now my sister visiting from London understands why I buy them. The streets of Wanchai were not too busy and only those with a mission and an umbrella could be seen braving the water currents on every pavement. 

The day before black rain day, it was an overcast, cloudy and cool sort of day. For some reason there seemed to be a tension in the air, perhaps an expectation that something was going to happen. 
Two traffic accidents happened within minutes of each other, causing a massive gridlock along Wan Chai road and Queens Road East.

Everyone stopped what they were doing to watch the accidents play out, oblivious to the honking all around them. Both involved taxis whose drivers had rolled down their windows and were swearing at the other vehicles. 



Incident 1:
A car was trying to parallel park in a relatively tight spot along Wan Chai Road and either hit or almost hit a taxi. I have no idea who was at fault but the taxi driver was yelling, cursing and making obscene gestures at the driver of the other car.  


Incident 2: A taxi had stopped by the bus stop to let a passenger alight. A van appears to have driven up and blocked it. The driver of the van can be seen confronting the taxi driver. Perhaps the taxi had cut the van off earlier and got a scrape. 

What is more interesting to you… the incident or the people watching the incident? Everyone loves standing by and watching a good scuffle.

Hong Kong government has a website showing traffic conditions on major roads. You can look at these cameras to plan your journey if the weather is looking unfavourable. 

Free parking with purchase at Lee Tung Avenue

Announcement: For all the drivers congesting the roads of Wan Chai...! Hooray for reduction in roadside PM2.5 and other particulates! At least until the end of 2016 anyway.

Please use your Octopus card as this applies to electronic payment only (presumably so they can track how many).

Free parking for 1 hour with a $200 spend.

Free parking for 2 hours with a $300 spend.

Free parking for 3 hours with a $500 spend.

Essentially a meal or shopping at the supermarket would pretty much cover the spending amount, so it’s worth it if you need to meet someone in Wan Chai and run your errands. Get your driver to park the car instead of idling and going around in circles. 

To get into the parking lot, enter from Queens Road East into Spring Garden Lane. About half way down on your left, you will see the entrance for the car park and drop off area in the basement ( near supermarket). 
I haven’t checked if the car park has electric chargers but given that Tesla is a tenant, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise.