What colour comes to mind when you think of Hong Kong? From the eye-catching red of taxis that run along the streets on the island side and throughout Kowloon, to that beautiful crystal blue hue as seen at the Victoria Harbour, some colours will always hold a special place in the hearts of us Hongkongers.
And of course, there’s the dark green shade on Hong Kong trams, which has been recently named by Pantone Colour Institute as “HK Tram Green” to pay tribute to the city’s most iconic mode of transportation after ferries. According to Pantone, this shade is characterised as a vivid and verdant deep grassy green to celebrate the historical and cultural significance of the trams, as well as its status as a globally recognised iconic mobile landmark.
For the unacquainted, these historical double-decker trams are affectionately called as “ding ding” by locals because of the sound of the bells since starting operation in 1904 by Hong Kong Tramways. Today, the trams are not only valued as the city’s most economical, eco-friendly mode of public transport, but also as a unique cultural experience that allows urbanites to slow down and rediscover the beauty of our home.