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The route served 28 stops and included numerous scenic locations including 20 declared monuments, 29 grade-one historic buildings and other landmarks including some major shopping malls and markets. on Sundays and Public Holidays or when Chater Road Pedestrian Precinct is in effect are diverted via Des Voeux Road Central, Queensway, Tamar Street, Harcourt Road and u-turn to resume the original routeing on Harcourt Road.2. Deluxe and Premium Tour tickets include unlimited access to all routes for the duration of ticket validity.From 18th June 2016 the service was revised from a circular route to two-way operation with a journey time of about 68 minutes each way;*(Harbour View Street, Central (Exchange Square) Bus Terminus, Connaught Road Central, Jubliee Street, Des Voeux Road Central, Morrison Street, Connaught Road West, Des Voeux Road West, Queen Street, Queen's Road West, Hollywood Road, Wyndham Street, Lower Albert Road, Ice House Street, #(Chater Road, Murray Road, Cotton Tree Drive slip road,) Harcourt Road, Tim Mei Avenue, Lung Wui Road,) * Departures after 4.30 p.m. All tickets include a complimentary Rewards Booklet with discount vouchers for restaurants and retail outlets.
In April 2010 a third route was introduced taking in Stanley, Repulse Bay and Ocean Park on the south side of Hong Kong Island.Until late 2008 the only way to see Hong Kong from an open-top bus was either to take the Citybus service 15C bus operating on the short journey from Central to the Lower Peak Tram Terminus to connect with the Peak Tram or join a group tour on a specially hired bus. Big Bus Tour's Green Route travels along the scenic south coast of Hong Kong Island on its journey to Stanley The BIG BUS TOUR covers three routes; The RED ROUTE on Hong Kong Island starts at Central Pier 7 (Star Ferry Pier) in Central and takes in Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay with stops at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Causeway Bay SOGO, Park Lane Hotel, Wan Chai Computer City, Lower Peak Tram Terminus, Mid-Levels Escalator, Man Mo Temple and Hotel LKF at Lan Kwai Fong.However there are now three companies operating “turn up and go” open-top sightseeing tours. Service operates from 9-30am to 6pm daily every 30 minutes. The GREEN ROUTE on Hong Kong Island starts at Central Pier 7 (Star Ferry Pier) and includes Ocean Park, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market and Aberdeen with stops at Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, Stanley Beach Road and St John's Cathedral (for Hong Kong Park).UK-based THE BIG BUS COMPANY introduced a “hop-on, hop-off” service on two routes serving Hong Kong Island and Kowloon in December 2008. In May 2009, local operator CITYBUS commenced its CITYTOURS non-stop sightseeing tour of Wan Chai and Causeway Bay districts of Hong Kong Island and in October 2009 its sister company NWFB (New World First Bus) RICKSHAW SIGHTSEEING BUS introduced its “hop-on, hop-off” service along two routes on Hong Kong Island. Hankow Road, The Peninsula BUS STOPS - FROM TSIM SHA TSUI HANKOW ROAD, THE PENINSULA (CENTRAL FERRY PIERS BOUND); 1. Service operates from 9-45am to 4-45pm daily, every 30 minutes. The BLUE ROUTE around Kowloon starts on Middle Road, behind the Peninsula Hotel at the Peninsula Office Tower, and takes in Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East, West Kowloon (Elements Mall, Kowloon Station and Sky100), Nathan Road and Mong Kok with stops at Langham Place, Temple Street, Peking Road and Mody Road.In December 2014 the two routes were consolidated into a single route H1 "Heritage Tour" which revised the tour to a circular route including some districts of Kowloon and in June 2016 the route was adjusted from a circular basis to two-way route. Service operates from 10am to 6-15pm daily, every 45 minutes. *Deluxe and Premium Tour tickets include tickets for the Peak Tram and Sky Terrace or Sky100, *Star Ferry (Central-Tsim Sha Tsui return tickets) and also include a free sampan ride in Aberdeen Harbour.NWFB Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus at its starting point outside Central Pier 6 (next to Star Ferry Pier - Central Pier 7)During October 2009 New World First Bus introduced its "NWFB Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus". Hollywood Road opposite former Central Police Station* 8. Ice House Street outside Zetland Street Zone Substation* 10. Harcourt Road outside Central Government Offices* 12. Peak Tram tickets do not need to be used on the day of the tour and are valid for one month.
The "hop-on, hop-off" service utilises open-top double-deck buses decorated in a rickshaw-themed livery and mock rickshaw style canopy at the rear of the top deck. Expo Drive opposite Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Extension 13. *Deluxe Tour tickets also include a free one-hour Star Ferry Harbour Tour.
The rickshaw branding is intended as a reminder of the early 20th century when the Chinese rickshaw was an important form of public transportation around Hong Kong and gradually replaced by buses as the most popular public transport. Expo Drive East Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Extension 14. There is also a NIGHT TOUR departing Central Pier 7 (Star Ferry Pier) at 6-15pm at The Peninsula Office Tower, Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui at 7pm every night.
Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus H1 at Connaught Road Central From 13th December 2014 a revised H1 "Heritage Tour" was introduced travelling a circular route from Central Star Ferry Pier at 30 minute intervals and takes about 105 minutes from start to finish under normal traffic conditions. The tour of Kowloon includes Nathan Road, Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market.
The Hong Kong tour was initially limited to a single route around Kowloon but was soon extended to include a route on Hong Kong Island providing passengers with a unique way of visiting many of Hong Kong's most popular attractions.
It merged with Paris-based sightseeing tour operator Les Cars Rouges in May 2011 to form Big Bus Tours and is now the world's largest operator of open top sightseeing tours, operating in 16 cities on three continents.
Big Bus Company was established in 1991 and at the time it launched in Hong Kong it also operated open-top bus tours in London, Dubai and Philadelphia.