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Hong Kong is 123rd Hap­pi­est

Hong Kong has been ranked 123rd on the Happy Planet In­dex 2016, a mea­sure of how na­tions are do­ing at achiev­ing long, happy and sus­tain­able lives. Places are ranked ac­cord­ing to their well­be­ing, life ex­pectancy, in­equal­ity of out­comes and eco­log­i­cal foot­print. Costa Rica topped the in­dex, while In­done­sia, Ja­pan and China were ranked 16th, 58th and 72nd re­spec­tively.

The re­port noted that while west­ern­ized places tended to score well on life ex­pectancy and well­be­ing, they were given rel­a­tively low rank­ings due to their lack of eco-friendly mea­sures. The in­dex, which de­scribed Amer­ica’s eco­log­i­cal foot­print as “one of the largest in the world” at a mea­sure of 8.2, gave Hong Kong’s foot­print an 8.8.

Our take: You know what they say—money can’t buy hap­pi­ness.

Fare Hike for the Peak Tram

From Septem­ber 1, all fare types for the Peak Tram will be in­creased by up to 14 per­cent. Adult tick­ets are be­ing raised from $28 to $32 for a sin­gle, while re­turn tick­ets will cost $45, up from $40. Tick­ets for chil­dren and se­niors will rise from $11 to $12 each, with re­turns go­ing up from $18 to $20. Monthly passes for adults will in­crease from $500 to $540; those for chil­dren and se­niors will in­crease from $250 to $270. It is the first time in five years that the Peak Tram has raised fares. The busi­ness has felt the pinch of Hong Kong’s 7 per­cent drop in tourism since last year, and rev­enue for

the Peak Tram fell by 3 per­cent in the first half of this year. Our take: We’ll gladly pay more if the fare hike means shorter queues…

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