Hong Kong Metro
Hong Kong has a highly sophisticated transport system, including public and private transport. More than 80% of trips Hong Kong people make by public transport.
The public transportation system includes the metro (MTR), intercity and suburban electric trains (KCR), a bus service, ferry service between the island and the mainland part of the city, as well as the adjacent islands, tram and funicular, connecting the city center to Victoria Peak. It is also used as a transport network moving sidewalk - moving walkways and escalators - like a combined escalator connects the lower terrace with top Hong Kong Island.
to use public transport in Hong Kong - a pleasure. Everything is thought out to the smallest detail, the perfect navigation, to which we still like the moon, a comfortable environment for people with disabilities, clean and tidy. And people. They are kind, I suppose.
Logo Metro at Central station. Separate entrance vestibule in the center there is little, they are usually integrated into the retail and office centers. Each station has several entrances, and at least one of them is equipped with a lift for the disabled, which connect the platform to the lobby.
One of the entrance vestibule Jordan Station. The width of the staircase is narrower than our usual underpasses.
This is such a narrow descent. In general it seems that in Hong Kong, all of 1, 5 times longer and thinner than ours. To prevent pandemonium of people on the stairs marked with guides (right-hand drive). Pay attention to the tactile tiles for the visually impaired. She is beautiful!
Escalators at the Wan Chai station.
We go down in the underground and come to the ticket machines. In the Hong Kong subway, there are three categories of passengers to pay for travel: students, adults and beneficiaries. Children under three years old are allowed to carry free of charge.
Taking any station for the beginning of the route, all others fall into different "zones" rates, depending on the distance from the first station. If the start and end stations belong to the same tariff area, the fare is independent of geographically distant from each other, but if the stations belong to different zones, the fare increases with increasing distance between them, especially if the trip includes intersection Victoria bay.
The ticket price for adults ranges from 10 to 200 rubles depending on the distance. Reduced fee is usually half the size. The photograph shows the vending machines for a single trip tickets. In total there are 3 types of tickets:
- 1 ticket for a trip to a specific station
- contactless Octopus card
- travel tickets
Ticket or Octopus card can be bought in the ticket machines or at the ticket office. Credit cards are accepted when purchasing tickets only on the Airport Express.
A ticket for one trip. He needed twice - for the passage of the station where the ticket was bought, and to enter the destination station.
In this case, the ticket is not a one-time, as we have in Moscow. Rather than fly in a big black bucket seat eaten turnstile at the exit. Then he re-enters the ticket machines.
Octopus Card - a contactless card, which is used in the electronic payment system of Hong Kong. Octopus cards were issued in September 1997 for use in the underground, but subsequently became widespread and is now used everywhere: in shops, restaurants, cafes and other institutions, as a means of electronic payment. It's damn convenient! Octopus cards operate on the principle of radio frequency identification, it allows holders to identify it without removing it from the bag or purse, just enough to bring on a short distance to the reader.
Rates in Hong Kong subway is slightly lower when using Octopus card than when using a conventional ticket, the only exception is the Airport Express Line. For example, the cost of three-minute drive from the Admiralty to Tsim Sha Tsui across the Victoria Harbor using the Octopus card is 30 rubles, and with ordinary disposable ticket - 34 rubles.
When reading the card on the turnstile displays information on the cost of the last trip (output) and the amount remaining in the account funds. All bilingual.
Tourist ticket entitles the holder to unlimited travel in Hong Kong metro for one month on all lines except the Airport Express, as well as trips to the first-class carriage Eastern line and MTR buses. Each ticket costs 1700 rubles and sold at the box office Metro stations. Tourist ticket must be used within 30 days from the date of issue.
The architecture and design are subject to MTR purely utilitarian purpose. Decorating stations hardly paid attention, most of the stations of the same type and substantially differ only in color. In this regard, the central Moscow metro station, as always ahead of the rest.
Protective cubes that passengers are not riding on the ass with slides.
installed above the platform board, which displays the time until the next train and the terminal station (to avoid confusion direction).
interval train movement 2 times less than in Moscow. From 2-3 minutes to 10. In anticipation of the train people lined up in a neat line in front of glass doors that separate the platform from the tracks.
Junctions between the lines of Tsuen Wan District and Kwun Tong District, between the lines Island and Chonkuanou, as well as between the lines of Kwun Tong District and Chonkuanou is cross-platform, in which a passenger leaving the train on one side of the platform, gets on the train the other line on the other side (as we do on China-town). Junctions become more comfortable for passengers, they now do not need to change floors stations of different lines. Such traffic management operates when a transfer hub includes two platforms, each of which different train lines arrive, moving approximately in the same direction.
When the passengers very much on the platform leaves a special person who manages the crowds during landing and does not allow chaos.
The markup for queuing and proper tactile tiles.
At most stations installed glass doors. Because of these flaps, the presence on the platform has become more secure, they prevent people from falling onto the tracks. However, the primary motivation was to separate the station from the tunnels, allowing significant energy savings in the ventilation tunnel and air conditioning plants. On platform walls hang huge advertising TVs.
All trains on the lines of Kwun Tong District, Tsuen Wan District, Island Tunchhun, Airport Express and Chonkuanou consist of eight cars. Subway cars, trains except the Airport Express and the first-class carriages East line, have a high capacity and passenger capacity.
The cars class "standard" have five wide doors on each side.
According to the annual passenger traffic, which amounted to 1.443735 billion people in 2012, the Hong Kong subway takes 4th place in China and 10th in the world. The average ridership per day amounts to about 4 million people (this is 2 times less than in Moscow).
In the cabin air conditioning system works and ventilation. Sometimes so hard that he blows out the neck. On metal handrail has a special anti-slip coating.
train movement speed up to 100 km / h.
In addition to conventional schemes underground, in many formulations set naddvernye destination sign, which shows the current location of the train and its direction of motion.
out of the car. Then the fun begins - navigation.
At each station vestibule hang detailed scheme for each level, as well as a city map in the vicinity of the metro station. Each output is identified by the Latin alphabet.
An example of maps of the city around the station Yau Ma Tei. All objects are divided into categories (hotels, shops, schools, and so on). The main objects are duplicated photos.
Scan Central Station.
Closer. Only the first few seconds scared and did not understand.
For tourists there is a special point with computers and free vayfay.
You can view the map of the city, write a letter, or even play.
Give each exit his letter - it's brilliant!
On the second day I was guided by any strangers stations and junctions of the Hong Kong metro faster than in Moscow.
Exit to the city.
At the beginning of 2012, the metro line network totaled 210, 6 km of track and 152 stations, including 68 light rail stations. Hong Kong's metro consists of ten lines: Island, Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, Tung Chung, West Rail, East Rail, Ma On Shan and Disneyland Resort, as well as the Airport Express.
Express Airport. Nothing is more convenient not yet met in my life. On the Hong Kong and Kowloon stations, you can check in, drop off your luggage and light reach the airport.
On the Hong Kong station we got a taxi from the hotel. Rental 50 meters their bags to check-in desks and passed the luggage. Another 50 meters, two floors in the elevator and here we are on the train.
The average maximum speed between stations is 130 kilometers per hour, so get from downtown to the airport is just 24 minutes.
Fast and comfortable trains with 12-minute intervals.
The train stops clearly between the two terminals. Yield left - terminal 1, to the right - Terminal 2.