Hong Kong res­i­dents against re­moval of trams

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A pro­posal to take Hong Kong’s beloved trams off the streets has sparked a wave of anger from res­i­dents who fear los­ing the city’s past.

Known as “ding- dings” for the sound of their bells, trams have served the north­ern coast­line of the city’s main is­land for more than 110 years and still carry around 200,000 pas­sen­gers a day.

But a re­cent pro­posal

to scrap part of the net­work has re­newed fears that this unique piece of her­itage is also un­der threat. Thou­sands signed pe­ti­tions against the sug­ges­tion that the tram ser­vice should be re­moved from the main fi­nan­cial dis­trict.

The plan­ning body will dis­cuss the pro­posal in Oc­to­ber, but the Hong Kong gov­ern­ment has sought to re­as­sure the public by say­ing it had no plans to re­move the trams.

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