How To Survive In MTR During Rush Hours / 在地鐵Rush Hours 遊走的生存之道

(按此看中文版)

As Hong Kong is as small as a sesame when reading a world map, you can basically get around the city by using public transportation. Slightly overpriced, but the quickest way to travel around is taking Hong Kong’s underground rail – the MTR. Although our residents do not need to travel far to attend classes, many of us do head out for work or internships and MTR is usually the top choice.

The MTR has been a clean, fast, and safe transportation means for around four million people daily. If you are a newcomer in Hong Kong, just read the station map and you can easily master the transport system – not if you are travelling during peak hours.

Take note if you are going to take the MTR at times like 7:30 to 9 AM, and 5:30 to 7:30 PM during the weekdays, especially if you are going through interchange stations such as Kowloon Tong, Prince Edward, Mongkok, Admiralty, Central, North Point and Yau Tong.

  1. Don’t be surprised if you find strangers getting a little bit too intimate to you, well basically with everyone around you (but do remember you need to be cautious and protect yourself as well).
  2. There is no mercy when it comes to getting on an already crowded train… Try to squeeze in whenever you see a space. Even if you don’t, other people will.
  3. If you need to transfer to another line, try interchanging a station earlier than the recommended one. For example, if you want to go to Wan Chai from Kowloon Tong, interchange station at Prince Edward instead of Mongkok, and take one more station to Central to interchange the Island Line. There is a higher chance for you to get on the train quicker.
  4. Sometimes you don’t have a choice if you need to go to work or have an appointment. But the best thing to do is to avoid the crowd and leave either earlier or later.

If you ever have the chance to take the MTR during peak hours, hope these few tips can help. After all, this is only one of the useful things that I learn during my internship program this summer.

Writer:   Michelle CHIANG (Hall 10)
Image:   designreview.weebly.com

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香港的渺小就如在世界地圖中的一粒芝麻,基本上只要乘搭交通工具便能環遊整個香港。若要乘搭更快的交通工具,雖然車費有點過高,但必然是選擇香港的地下鐵路──地鐵。

地鐵是一個乾淨、快捷和安全的交通工具,每天也有約四百萬個乘客使用。如果你是一個初來香港的人,只需要花些少時間閱讀車站地圖,則可輕鬆掌握整個交通系統(繁忙時段除外)。

如果你於工作天需要在早上 (例如七時半至九時左右),或是傍晚 (例如五時半至七時半左右) 乘搭地䥫,尤其是需要於換乘站轉換列車,如九龍塘、太子、旺角、金鐘、中環、北角及油塘等車站,請注意以下事項:

  1. 如果你發現車廂裹很擠逼,或是與陌生人有點貼近,請不要驚訝。(但千萬記住要謹慎和懂得保護自己)
  2. 當你要進入一卡已經很擠逼的車廂時,不要只想着讓別人先進,這可時不能憐憫的時刻呢!只要看到車廂內有空位便要嘗試擠進去。即使你不這樣做別人也會呢!
  3. 如果你需要轉乘另一條線路,請盡量於建議轉乘站的早一個站轉乘。例如,如果你想要從九龍塘去灣仔,請在太子轉乘列車,而不是旺角站,並且需要多乘一個站到中環站轉乘港島線。這樣你才能避免遇上太多轉乘列車的乘客,因此有較高的機會成功上車。
  4. 有時候,當你需要去工作,或有預約的話,並沒有避免地鐵擠塞的機會。但可以的話,應該盡量避免繁免於繁忙時段乘撘地鐵,或者提早或延後乘搭時間。
 若你有機會於繁忙時段乘搭地鐵的話,希望以上的小技巧能夠對你有幫助,因為這是我在今個暑假期的實習過程中學到的其中一樣東西。
文:   蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)
譯:   何柏妮 (李兆基堂)
圖:   designreview.weebly.com

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