ALICE FANG and MATTHEW CHENG, Associated Press
HONG KONG. Road-starved and sleep-deprived residents can find the new Hong Kong bus tour a dream come true.
The five-hour, 47-mile drive on a regular double-decker bus is for people who can be easily lulled by long journeys. It was inspired by the tendency of tired passengers to fall asleep on public transport.
“When we were brainstorming about new tours, I saw a social media post from a friend of mine saying that he was nervous about his job, he couldn’t sleep at night,” said Kenneth Kong, Marketing Manager and business development ulu travel. bus tour organizer.
“But when he was on the bus, he could sleep well. His post inspired us to create this tour that allows passengers to just sleep on the bus. “
Tickets cost between $ 13 and $ 51 per person, depending on whether they choose to seat on the upper or lower deck. The passenger bag includes an eye mask and earplugs for better sleep.
The first Sleeping Bus Tour last Saturday sold out. Some passengers came prepared, brought their blankets and changed their shoes for slippers, while others brought travel pillows.
“I suffer from insomnia, so I’m here to try and get some sleep,” said Anson Kong, 25, one of the passengers on the first bus tour.
He said the tour was a good idea and “more interesting” than he expected.
During Saturday’s tour, the bus stopped to allow passengers to take pictures at scenic locations on Lantau Island. One of the stops is the aircraft service area near Hong Kong Airport, where passengers can take selfies with the planes in the background.
Another passenger, Marco Jung, said he joined the tour because he usually falls asleep on long bus rides, saying it was a “great opportunity” to get some sleep.
The propensity to fall asleep on public transport is a convention, according to Dr. Shirley Lee, principal investigator at the Sleep Clinic and Laboratory at the University of Hong Kong.
“People in Hong Kong don’t have enough time to sleep,” Lee said. “This is why we have to kind of use different sleep times, which is our daily commute, especially when we travel by public transport.”
“Some people associate public transport with sleep. That is why it was easier for them to fall asleep on the bus, ”she said.