Visitors to Hong Kong will soon have the option of doing sightseeing trips on a specially designed “Crystal” tour bus while enjoying Michelin-grade Chinese dim sum on-board the vehicle.
For HK$380 per person, tourists can ride in a double-decker bus adorned with HK$300,000 worth of crystals and get to sample seven dim sum dishes.
According to businessman Hung Ka-hang, who won a permit to operate the special tours, he spent HK$10 million on the project so far.
Hung, who set up a firm named Crystal Bus Holding Ltd. to run the business, said it took about 20 months to assemble the first bus and get it ready for sightseeing-cum-dining tours, Headline Daily reports.
The first Crystal Bus, which can carry up to 47 passengers, will serve three different tours — two during daytime and one during the night.
The first route will see the bus depart from the Peninsula Hotel and go along some of the Kowloon landmarks such as Nathan Road, Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre and Temple Street, before moving to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, as well as other spots on the Hong Kong Island side.
As for the second daytime route, it will involve travel to New Territories after visiting the Kowloon spots, covering a total of 22 spots including the Tsing Ma Bridge and Ngong Ping 360 cable car station.
Both routes would take around two to two-and-a-half hours. During the trips, the bus will pull over at the giant Ferris Wheel in Central and at the Lantau Link Visitors Centre for passengers to take pictures.
Passengers will be served seven types of dim sum along with soft drinks. There won’t be alcohol or hot beverages on the bus.
Besides the day tours, the Crystal Bus will also offer night-time tour packages. A private five-hour night trip will cost a tour group HK$8,800 during weekdays and HK$12,800 during weekends and public holidays.
The price excludes food and beverages.
The tour bus, apart from being fitted with expensive crystal decorations, will also boast of a stereo system and TV and video game consoles.
Customers will be able to enjoy a night of karaoke or watch a football match on the bus, am730 noted.
For the day tours, Hong Kong residents will be able to enjoy 25 percent discount until the end of August, for seats booked online.
Hung says he plans to increase the fleet size to five to eight buses in five years’ time, and also expand the service to the Southeast Asian market.
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