Hong Kong taxis and their Japan connection | Mutantfrog Travelogue

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Hong Kong taxis and Japan connection

During my New trip to Hong Kong, I to ride in a taxi only I was at Hong Kong International and I needed to get to Mui Wo on the other side of the of Lantau, where I was spending the

This required a fairly ride up and down a giant in the middle of the island, but fortunately I got to the fare with a friendly Pacific pilot who didn#8217;t to wait for the next elusive taxi.

You see, in Hong Kong, are three kinds of taxis. In Hong Kong and Kowloon, the developed parts, you mostly see taxis#8221; which are licensed to the urban center. In the New Territories to the you see #8220;green taxis#8221; which are to the New Territories.

Lantau likewise has its own of #8220;blue taxis.#8221; If you are traveling on Lantau, your only is the blue taxi: a red or green is not allowed to carry you. is a shame because there are a LOT of red at the airport.

I ended up calling a dispatcher waiting for a few minutes to see if a blue would show up at random). Ten later, a blue taxi up, and the pilot and I began a long across Lantau.

Most of the is undeveloped mountains and hills, and the crossing through the middle is in a process of being widened to two I learned from my traveling that driving is tightly on Lantau, and even if you have a car (which requires a special you can#8217;t drive it around the day#8212;only at night. The poor on the mountain road was enough to me that said policy was

Our journey gave me plenty of to notice something odd about the It used to be Japanese, and in fact it had a few Japanese stickers in the window, a peeling and somewhat outdated quote in yen.

It turns out at least according to Wikipedia, all taxis in Hong Kong are Comfort #8220;#8212;the same as the boxy taxis and police found all over Japan. spotting this example, I quite some time intensely interested in Hong taxis, and I noticed that was not a one-off: many other Kong taxis carry markings here and there. In taxi windows, I could see where the stickers had been

What led to this practice? I say for sure, although I can give plausible reasons.

One is that lose value pretty in Japan because of stringent testing (#8220; shaken requirements which make cars prohibitively expensive to As a result, exporting is a big business: a who doesn#8217;t want to pay for the inspection is happy to sell their car to an for a bargain price. Then the can ship it to Australia, Russia, Kong or elsewhere, sell it to a and collect a tidy profit.

Hong Kong is also the left-hand drive territory to which makes it a natural for used Japanese cars: fit right in, much moreso they would in Korea, or mainland China (where drive on the right).

Hong Kong shares the and hilly terrain which taxis are (I assume) well to handle.

I#8217;m sure some funky tax or regulatory for this as well, which friendly commenter will out.

Anyway, Mui Wo, my final was an odd corner of civilization, and it served to me that even Hong the most modern and developed of China, still has its little of Third Worldliness.

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