June 30, 2022
Hong Kong company launches tour for those who want to sleep on the bus |  Globalism

Hong Kong company launches tour for those who want to sleep on the bus | Globalism

Homeless and sleep-deprived people are the target of a new bus tour in Hong Kong.

The 76-kilometre, five-hour journey in a regular double-decker bus around the territory is aimed at attracting sleepers with ease on long trips. The tour was inspired by the tendency of tired passengers to fall asleep on public transport.

A female passenger stands on the bus to tour Hong Kong on Saturday (16) – Photo: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

“When we were brainstorming about new tours, I saw a post from a friend on social media saying he was stressed at work and couldn’t sleep at night,” said Kenneth Kong, director of marketing and business development for Ulu Travel, the organizing company. of tours.

“But when he was on the bus, he slept really well. Your post inspired us to create this tour that allows passengers to sleep on the bus,” he explains.

A passenger sleeps on top of double-decker buses during a Hong Kong tour on Saturday (16) – Photo: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Tickets cost between $13 (about R$73.50) and $51 (about R$290) per person, depending on your choice of upstairs or downstairs seats. Passenger gift bag includes eye mask and earplugs for better sleep.

Last Saturday’s first “Sleep Bus Tour” (16) sold out in full. Some passengers came prepared, bringing their own blankets and replacing shoes with slippers, while others brought travel pillows.

“I’ve been struggling with insomnia, so I’m here to try and get some sleep,” said Anson Kong, 25, a passenger on the first bus ride.

Double-decker bus travels through Hong Kong during Saturday (16) tour – Photo: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

He said the tour was a good idea and “more exciting” than he had expected.

On Saturday’s tour, the bus stopped for passengers to take pictures at the sights of Lantau Island. Another stop was the aircraft maintenance area near Hong Kong Airport, where passengers can take selfies with aircraft in the background.

A passenger sleeps on top of double-decker buses during a Hong Kong tour on Saturday (16) – Photo: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Another passenger, Marco Young, said he joined the tour because he often sleeps on long bus journeys, saying it was a “great opportunity” to get some sleep.

The tendency to sleep on public transportation is a type of conditioning, according to Dr. Shirley Lee, principal investigator at the University of Hong Kong’s Sleep Research Laboratory and Clinic.

A passenger sleeps on a bus during a tour of Hong Kong on Saturday (16) – Photo: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

“People in Hong Kong don’t have enough time to sleep. That’s why we have to use other times for that in our daily commute, especially when we travel on public transport,” Lee said.

Some people tend to associate public transportation with their sleep. That is why they find it easier to sleep on the bus.

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