If you ever visit Hong Kong you are bound to catch the sight of the city’s iconic double-deck trams plying through its busy streets. Hong Kong’s trams have been running forever a hundred years and the “ding ding” (as they are affectionately known by locals) are very much a part of the city’s identity and heritage.
Now one of the city’s most iconic hotels, The Peninsula Hong Kong is offering guests a one-of-a-kind tram ride around the island on the Circus Tram, a fully redesigned tram with all the modern amenities you could ask for. This cultural experience is part of The Peninsula Academy programme and has been running since late 2018.
The ultra-luxe tram is the result of a collaboration between the startup Circus and Hong Kong Tramways to design and build new tramcars that are designed to host corporate functions, private celebrations or delegation groups and important guests.
Guests who stay a minimum of two nights at the hotel can make a reservation for USD5,990 on weekdays and USD6,501 during weekends. A maximum of five people may ride the tram between 12.15pm to 2.15pm or 7.15pm to 9.15pm.
The experience kicks off with a ride on a Rolls-Royce Phantom that will pick up guests from the hotel to the Western Market Tram Terminal where they will board the tram.
More than your typical mode of transport the Circus Tram features a bespoke design that is brought to life by a team of designers, architects, engineers, technicians and craftsmen. The tram itself is divided into three thematic sections complete with air-conditioned cabins, premium fitted leather seating along with lighting and a sound system to boot.
These sections, each with its own unique name, include the club-inspired ambience of the Chatham House on the lower deck, up towards the open-air balcony of The Freudians and serene urban greenhouse, complete with its own plants, that is Darwin’s Garden.
The two-hour tram ride will conclude its journey either in North Point or Happy Valley.