May 21st 2014
Hong Kongers sure love the MTR! Last year, Tim Littlechild and Chantal Shafie of RTHK’s Something For the Weekend broke a Guinness World Record during their epic one-day MTR Challenge, visiting all 83 stations in 8 hours, 18 minutes. Then just today, we came across a whole new MTR marathon, one that’s far less competitive but equally awesome.
Irish expats Mark O’Leary and Aisling McDonnell have blessed us with their own MTR offering, photographing themselves at all stops along the Hong Kong metro system. Sporting poses and costumes that are either completely random or poke fun at the station name or area, the two clearly enjoyed themselves on the most playful MTR adventure yet!
Mark and Aisling, who left Hong Kong at the beginning of this year, started the project as a memento of their time here. With the new MTR stations under construction however, it looks like they’ll just have to return for more!
We’ve chosen 10 of our favourites from the series to share with you. Click through to see them all!
In the words of O’Leary himself…”Here I am lathering myself in sun screen, because after all, why should you wear sun screen? Fo’ tan!”
What Does It All Mean? The Literal Translation of Hong Kong’s MTR Map
April 15th 2014: Local blogger Justin Moe gave both Cantonese and non-Cantonese speakers a chuckle last week with his humorous ‘literal’ translation of Hong Kong’s MTR system. Although some of the reworked place names are not technically precise, no doubt the Tourist Board is taking note!
Deeper Underground – HK URBEX Explores The MTR Tunnels
March 31st 2014: Localiiz’s favourite brave adventurers, HK URBEX, have dived deep underground in the first installment of their subterranean series. Exploring the underground construction site of the MTR South Island Line, they bring us all a first hand insight into life below street level in our city.
The Day After Tomorrow – Hong Kong Edition!
March 31st 2014: Anyone else as riveted as we were with the absolutely crazy weather this weekend? From torrential downpours, to hailstones as large as golf balls, the flooding of Festival Walk, streets and the MTR, the Sevens weekend ended in truly dramatic style. The pictures and videos are still flooding in (pun intended) to Localiiz.
A Hilariously Accurate Depiction of Admiralty Station at Rush Hour
March 5th 2014: Are you one of the many unlucky souls whose work commute involves the Admiralty MTR station? The popular Facebook page Hong Kong Memes posted this great graphic on their page, credited to Tyler Faust.
How Not to be an A**hole on the MTR!
February 8th 2014: We hope any Hong Kong newbies are taking notes of how not to be a “Si Fat Guai” on the MTR!
Please Stand Back from the Doors – The MTR Charity Challenge is Coming Through!
December 20th 2013: Big fan of the MTR? Even if you are, we doubt you love it enough to want to ride all its 84 stops on one fell swoop. Enter Tim Littlechild and Chantel Shafie of RTHK show Something For the Weekend, who are setting forth on The MTR Challenge to raise money for Operation Santa Claus.
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