HONG KONG • Hong Kong's first sightseeing restaurant bus went into service yesterday, offering tourists and locals a fresh experience of sightseeing and dining.
"There is now no need to plan where to go or worry about where to eat, sparing time for shopping," Mr Thomas Hung, the chairman of operator Crystal Bus Holding, said at the launch ceremony on Tuesday.
Mr Hung said that Crystal Bus "combines concepts of tourism and catering, allowing tourists to enjoy local cuisine while experiencing Hong Kong's most representative attractions".
The sightseeing restaurant bus is a 47-seat double-decker furnished with advanced lighting and sound systems.
It tours the city while serving food prepared by famous local restaurants, some of them Michelin-starred.
Its service comprises day and night tours.
The day tour covers more than 20 attractions from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island or the New Territories. The 21/2-hour tour costs each passenger HK$380 (S$69).
The entire bus has to be booked for night tours, and guests are given the option of choosing the route themselves. Prices for a five-hour tour range from HK$8,800 to HK$12,800.
Like regular sightseeing buses, Crystal Bus has an audio guide system providing passengers with information about the various attractions in Chinese and foreign languages.
"In addition to offering tourists a new way of experiencing Hong Kong, Crystal Bus also provides local residents with a fresh idea for a date or gathering with friends," Mr Hung said.