PHOTOS: Hong Kong's famous Peak Tram closing for remodel

  • Hong Kong’s Peak Tram is a fixture in the memories of many residents and tourists, ferrying passengers up Victoria Peak for a bird’s eye view of the city’s many skyscrapers. Enthusiasts and others have been rushing for one last ride before the Peak Tram closes for renovations. The tram will stop service on Monday for a six-month makeover, in part to reduce waiting times for the growing crowds. Cedric Yu, who said he hadn’t ridden the tram for years, called it a collective memory for Hong Kong people and part of the city's history. "Taking the Peak Tram just now reminds me of my childhood memories,” he added. The Peak Tram started operations in 1888, when Hong Kong was a British colony, to transport people up Victoria Peak instead of using sedan chairs. The original carriages were made of varnished timber and seated 30 passengers in three classes. Since then, the tram has undergone several makeovers. The current fifth-generation Peak Tram, with a burgundy exterior and varnished wood interiors, began running in 1989 and carries 120 passengers.
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In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 4th generation Peak Tram which serviced from 1959 to 1989 is seen in Hong Kong. The Peak Tram started operations in 1888, when Hong Kong was a British colony, to transport people up Victoria Peak instead of using sedan chairs. The original carriages were made of varnished timber and seated 30 passengers in three classes. (AP)

In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 4th generation Peak Tram which serviced from 1959 to 1989 is seen in Hong Kong. The Peak Tram started operations in 1888, when Hong Kong was a British colony, to transport people up Victoria Peak instead of using sedan chairs. The original carriages were made of varnished timber and seated 30 passengers in three classes. (AP)

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In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 1st generation Peak Tram which serviced from 1988 to 1926 is seen in Hong Kong.(AP)

In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 1st generation Peak Tram which serviced from 1988 to 1926 is seen in Hong Kong.(AP)

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In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 3rd generation Peak Tram which serviced from 1948-1959 is seen in Hong Kong. (AP)

In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 3rd generation Peak Tram which serviced from 1948-1959 is seen in Hong Kong. (AP)

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A Peak Tram passes uphill of the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on June 16, 2021. (AP)

A Peak Tram passes uphill of the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on June 16, 2021. (AP)

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In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 2nd generation Peak Tram which serviced from 1926 to 1948 is seen in Hong Kong. (AP)

In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 2nd generation Peak Tram which serviced from 1926 to 1948 is seen in Hong Kong. (AP)

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A Peak Tram passes uphill of the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on June 17, 2021. (AP)

A Peak Tram passes uphill of the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on June 17, 2021. (AP)

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A Peak Tram passes an uphill of the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on June 17, 2021. (AP)

A Peak Tram passes an uphill of the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on June 17, 2021. (AP)

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A Peak Tram passes an uphill of the Victoria Peak with a backdrop of Hong Kong on June 17, 2021. (AP)

A Peak Tram passes an uphill of the Victoria Peak with a backdrop of Hong Kong on June 17, 2021. (AP)

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Passengers pose next to a Peak Tram on June 16, 2021. Hong Kong’s Peak Tram is a fixture in the memories of many residents and tourists, ferrying passengers up Victoria Peak for a bird’s eye view of the city’s many skyscrapers. (AP)

Passengers pose next to a Peak Tram on June 16, 2021. Hong Kong’s Peak Tram is a fixture in the memories of many residents and tourists, ferrying passengers up Victoria Peak for a bird’s eye view of the city’s many skyscrapers. (AP)

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