Public transport

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 August, 2004, 12:00am

Buses: double deckers, double delights / Star Ferry: old, slow but quaint / Mass Transit Railway: efficient, fast and clean / Trams: antiquated charm amid a modern city's energy / New World First Ferry: the way to a whole new world

The company operates routes to Lantau Island, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau. A perfect way for the ultimate escape from the city's hustle and bustle is to take a day trip to an outlying island or two. The journey is as fun and spectacular as the destinations. You can also island-hop with the service linking the three islands.

If you could not stomach the rides on Ocean Park's roller coasters, you can turn to the quieter pleasures of another form of ride. For example, the journey between Stanley and Central is thrilling in its own way, with its many twists and turns, and the stunning views along the way. Make sure you get the prime seats, right up front on the top deck. Watching the vehicle noisily brushing off overhanging branches is part of the fun. The most exciting stretch is between Stanley and Repulse Bay.

There is a sense of history to be enjoyed aboard these vehicles that ply the tracks on Hong Kong Island. If you have never travelled all the way to the western or eastern ends of the line, you have a great ride and a unique city experience to look forward to. For $2 ($1 for children) you can watch with fascination the changing scene as it glides slowly past various districts.

For $2.20 a pop, a ride between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central or Wan Chai is a must-do and a real bargain. The service has been chugging between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula for more than a century. For regular users, the delights can never diminish - the sea breeze in your face and the occasional sea spray on your skin hint of high adventure, while you take in fantastic views of Hong Kong.

This is the most effective and most popular way to move around town. There are five lines: Island, Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Tseung Kwan O and Tung Chung, covering North Hong Kong Island and most of Kowloon. The system is easy to navigate and the different lines are identified by colour.

Answers: 1. Double decker buses. 2. New World First Ferry. 3. Trams. 4. Star Ferry. 5. Mass Transit Railway.