Travel-starved, sleep-deprived residents would possibly discover a new Hong Kong bus tour to be a snooze.
The 76-kilometer (47-mile), five-hour journey on a common double-decker bus across the territory is meant to attraction to people who find themselves simply lulled asleep by lengthy rides. It was impressed by the tendency of drained commuters to go to sleep on public transit.
“When we were brainstorming new tours, I saw a social media post from my friend saying that he was stressed out by his work, he couldn’t sleep at night,” mentioned Kenneth Kong, the advertising and marketing and enterprise improvement supervisor of ulu journey, the organizer of the bus excursions.
“But when he was traveling on the bus, he was able to sleep well. His post inspired us to create this tour that lets passengers just sleep on the bus.”
Tickets value between $13 to $51 per individual, relying on whether or not they select seats on the higher or decrease deck. A goodie bag for passengers contains an eye-mask and ear plugs for higher sleep.
The first “Sleeping Bus Tour” final Saturday offered out solely. Some passengers got here ready, bringing their very own blankets and altering their footwear to slippers, whereas others introduced journey pillows.
“I have been suffering from insomnia so I am here to try and get some sleep,” mentioned 25-year-old Anson Kong, one of many passengers on the primary bus tour.
He mentioned that the tour was a good thought and “more interesting” than he anticipated.
On Saturday’s tour, the bus stopped so passengers may take photographs at scenic spots on the town’s Lantau Island. One cease was the plane upkeep space close to Hong Kong’s airport, the place passengers can snag selfies with plane within the background.
Another passenger, Marco Yung, mentioned that he joined the tour as a result of he often falls asleep on long-distance bus journeys, saying it was a “great opportunity” to get some sleep.
The tendency to fall sleep on public transport is a kind of conditioning, in accordance with Dr. Shirley Li, the principal investigator of the Sleep Research Clinic and Laboratory on the University of Hong Kong.
“People in Hong Kong don’t have enough time to sleep,” Li mentioned. “That’s why we have to kind of use other times to sleep, which is our daily commute, especially when we are travelling on public transport.”
“For some people, they may tend to associate public transport with their sleep. And that’s why they found it easier to fall asleep on the bus,” she mentioned.”