Transportation Field Note

Mon, 03/18/2013 – 2:43pm
Abstract: A short blurb about this article: 
Public transportation in Hong Kong is easily accessible and is the main mode of transportation for locals and visitors from all over the world.

Getting used to public transportation in another country can be quite nerve wrecking at first.  There are so many bus lines and subway routes that you could possibly take and end up at the same place. In Hong Kong, it is easiest to travel to school and work via bus or the Mass Transit Railway MTR.

How do people get around?: 

The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in Hong Kong is the most efficient way to travel from city to city or to another island of Hong Kong. It is a subway that runs anywhere within Hong Kong island to Kowloon to Lantau island. Many business people take the MTR to and from work because the subway stops usually land right in the middle of the city. Another frequent mode of transportation is the bus. So many people ride the bus here and it will usually take you anywhere the MTR does. The bus stops have postings of where each line takes you or stops so you can figure out which bus you need to take and get off at. Your last resort, which is often the priciest, is taking a taxi. If you need to get somewhere specific and don’t have time to wait for the bus or get the subway station, you will often just call a taxi. The taxis here fit five people, so if you are trying to get somewhere close relatively quickly, sometimes it is easier to split a cab fare five ways with your friends.

How did I feel when I tried this way of getting around?: 

At first I was so scared to get on the wrong bus and end up somewhere completely lost. However, after riding it with friends a couple of times, I memorized the usual routes specific bus lines take me to. It has become so easy to get on and off of a bus and arrive at the destination I want to be at. For the beginning couple of weeks, I was afraid to go anywhere because I was nervous about not being able to make it back home. But now, I try to go everywhere and anywhere because I know exactly how to get back to where I need to be.

Is this way of getting around connected to the culture and environment, How?: 

It is quite typical for locals in Hong Kong to ride the bus and subway to school and work. Because Hong Kong island is relatively small and can only hold so many people, it is inefficient to have people driving everywhere because public transportation is so abundant and easy to use. Using the subway gives off the vibe of the fast-paced working city life that most Hong Kong people are apart of.

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