Hong Kong's Modern Efficiency
After being in
The incredible efficiency of
The first and coolest is the “Octopus Card”, which operates like a debit card and works for all city transit, 7-11s, McDonalds, drug stores, supermarkets etc. Anywhere you see the little Octopus card reader, you can press your card onto it and money will be deducted from your prepaid account. The first time I used it at a 7-11, the first words out of my mouth were “holy sh*t that's efficient!” You don’t even have to take the card out of a wallet or purse- just hold it over the reader and the money is zapped out.
Last night over dinner we talked to some locals who showed us their Octopus card which had their picture and information on it. For them, the card is used to open the door of their home and other places that require membership. They said that some schools even use Octopus cards for daily attendance. By their estimates, 90-95% of all
In busy restaurants, the servers have wireless ear pieces that are used for constant communications among the staff. It’s invisible to the customer, but the communication makes service seem magical, as if they are almost reading your mind. You walk in the door and each server looks up and guides you along your way as you wind through the restaurant. The teamwork is remarkable.
The public busses are generally double decker. That’s all I have to say about that.
I’ve never waited so little for the subway. We never waited more than 2 minutes for the next MTR train to arrive and when it did, it would never get too packed with people. Because they run so regularly and often, as a train fills up, people often choose to wait for the next one instead of forcing their way into an already full train.
The world needs more escalators if you ask me.
- AC Poaching – This is shopping in a store for the single purpose of cooling down.
Hong KongArctic Wind – Shops blast cool air onto the sidewalk as an invitation to come inside for some AC poaching. In the dense retail areas of the Arctic Wind seemed to lower the overall sidewalk temperature a few precious degrees. Kowloon