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The Tram, from Chinese to French

Posted in Uncategorized by Katharine on April 7, 2009

Before I moved to the United States, I was living on the Hong Kong Island side. One of the most convenient transportation was the tram. It was old, it was cheap (about US$0.25). I grew up with it. One of the most relaxing thing to do was after a dinner at a restaurant, in a breezy summer night, our whole family took the tram home. It was slow, and it was just perfect for a little nap with natural wind. It had this repeating mechanical sound went along with the ride, it was some what soothing.

Tram had this unique retro look to it. It was delighted to see a few new tram design came out, running on the street with air conditioning. However, I was glad that the old ones were not eliminated, yet. Of course I wished the old style will never be replaced.

Today the news said that a French company bought the Tram company. I think it’s a good thing that I believe the foreign company will know the importance to preserve something so unique to the culture. It is also interesting to know that now a French company runs it, maybe later on, we might even see French on the tram. However it is also ironic that it wasn’t a Chinese company which would like to invest and preserve a Chinese culture.

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