PHOTOS: Hong Kong’s famous Peak Tram closes for renovation

Hong Kong’s Peak Tram is a staple in the memory of many residents and tourists, carrying passengers to Victoria Peak for a bird’s-eye view of the city’s many skyscrapers. Enthusiasts and others scrambled for one last ride before the Peak Tram closed for renovations. The tram will stop running on Monday for a six-month makeover, in part to cut wait times for growing crowds. Cedric Yu, who said he had not taken the tram in years, called it a collective memory for Hong Kong people and part of the city’s history. “Riding the Peak Tram right now brings back memories of my childhood,” he added. The Peak Tram started operating in 1888, when Hong Kong was a British colony, to transport people to Victoria Peak instead of using sedan chairs. The original cars were made of varnished wood and could accommodate 30 passengers divided into three classes. Since then, the tram has undergone several transformations. The current fifth generation Peak Tram, with a burgundy exterior and varnished wood interiors, began operating in 1989 and carries 120 passengers. read more

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In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 4th generation Peak Tram that served from 1959 to 1989 is seen in Hong Kong. The Peak Tram began operating in 1888, when Hong Kong was a British colony, to transport people to Victoria Peak instead of using sedan chairs. The original cars were made of varnished wood and could accommodate 30 passengers in three classes. (PA)

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In this undated photo provided by Hong Kong Peak Tramways, a 1st generation Peak Tram that served 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 that served from 1948 to 1959 is seen in Hong Kong. (PA)

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A Peak Tram passes upstream from 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 that served from 1926 to 1948 is seen in Hong Kong. (PA)

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

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

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

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Passengers pose next to a Peak Tram on June 16, 2021. The Hong Kong Peak Tram is a staple in the memory of many residents and tourists, carrying passengers to Victoria Peak for a bird’s-eye view of the many skyscrapers. city ​​sky. (PA)

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