The Longest Bus Route In Hong Kong | E22A Complete Journey Timelapse + Commentary

Today I will be taking the longest daytime bus route in Hong Kong, E22A which runs from AsiaWorld-Expo at the airport to Hong Sing garden, a housing estate in Tseung Kwan O the entire journey is 60 kilometers in length and will take around 2 hours to complete The bus departs from AsiaWorld-Expo one of the two major convention and exhibition facilities in Hong Kong along with the HKCEC in Wan Chai. It was opened in 2005 and hosts many large events and shows The AsiaWorld-Expo is located in Chek Lap Kok next to the airport. Chek Lap Kok is an island which was reclaimed to provide land for the new Hong Kong international airport after the one in Kai Tak closed in 1998 Hong Kong international airport is a significant airline hub and the location of Cathay Pacific It is the 8th busiest airport worldwide by passenger traffic and 3rd busiest airport worldwide by international passenger traffic We’re now passing under a viaduct for the airport express line heading to Tsing Yi and airport stations. Notice how the street lights on this section of road are shorter This is because we’re passing under the flight path of runway 25L The street lights are made shorter here to prevent any collisions with the planes This is Cathay City, the headquarters of Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s flag carrying airline The plane on the right is Niki, a DC-3 painted to imitate the appearance of the carrier’s second aircraft. The first aircraft of Cathay pacific is located in Hong Kong science museum Cathay pacific is the world’s 10th largest airline In 2010, Cathay pacific also became the world’s largest international cargo airline the bus is now on Chek Lap Kok south road next to the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau bridge on the right

The Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau bridge is a 55 kilometer bridge and tunnel system consisting of a series of three cable bridges, an undersea tunnel, and four artificial islands. It is the longest sea crossing in the world and links Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai across the pearl river delta The entire project cost 18.8 billion US dollars Also on the right is the Ngong Ping 360 cable car which was intended to build tourism in the Ngong Ping area by connecting the big buddha and the Po Lin monastery in Ngong Ping with Tung Chung station. Opening in 2006, it is the longest cable car system in Hong Kong at 5.7 kilometers We’re now crossing a bridge leaving Chek Lap Kok and reaching Lantau island. We’re passing through Tung Chung, a new town built on the north western coast of Lantau. Before the development of a new town it was a small fishing village and an important defence position but after the construction of the airport it was developed into a new town and now houses 250 000 people The bus is now on the north Lantau highway on route 8 linking Hong Kong international airport with the rest of Hong Kong. The speed limit on this highway is 110 kilometers per hour which is the highest for any road in Hong Kong Tt is a three-lane highway and stretches to the Tsing Ma bridges linking to Tsing Yi island The road is 12 and a half kilometers in length and runs along the northern coast of Lantau island next to the Tung Chung and airport express lines We’re now on the Kap Shui Mun bridge which at 750 meters is one of the longest cable stayed bridges to carry both road and railway traffic in the world Below deck there are two traffic lanes which can be used during typhoons and two sets of tracks which are used for the Tung Chun line and airport express line

We then cross over the 503 meter long Ma Wan viaduct to connect to the Tsing Ma bridge which together forms the Lantau link The Tsing Ma bridge is the 14th longest span suspension bridge in the world and was the second longest at the time of completion the bridge was named after the two islands that it connects, Tsing Yi and Ma Wan. This, like Kap Shui Mun bridge, also has two decks to carry both road and rail traffic which makes it the largest suspension bridge of this type. The bridge has a main span of 1.37 kilometers. Before the Lantau link opened in 1997, Lantau island was only accessible by water We’re now passing through Chuen Tsing tunnel a dual tube three lane tunnel on Tsing Yi island part of the Tsing Kwai highway on route 3 Tt connects the rambler channel bridge to the Chuen Tsing highway and then Tsing Ma bridge The tunnel is about 1.6 kilometers long and it was named after Chuen Tsing estate which was the first public housing estate on Tsing Yi and the estate that the tunnel passes underneath The tunnel bypasses Tsing Yi peak, a series of hills which splits Tsing Yi into two sections on the right is the Kwai Tsing container terminal. The Kwai Tsing container terminal is the largest in Hong Kong and is the eighth busiest container port in the world The container terminal used to be the world’s busiest port after it overtook Rotterdam in 1987 On the left is the lion rock tunnel, the first major road tunnel in Hong Kong It is a twin board troll tunnel connecting Sha Tin in the new territories with Kowloon Tong in Kowloon. It has two lanes in each direction and is a vital component of route 1 The tunnel is 1.4 kilometers long and was opened in 1967

However when it first opened it was only a single tunnel another tunnel was added parallel to it to serve the opposite direction of road traffic after the development of the Sha Tin new town We’re now passing through the area of wong tai sin which is named after the wong tai sin temple The Wong Tai Sin temple is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin. The 18,000 square meter Taoist temple is a very famous temple in Hong Kong and is located on the southern side of lion rock Because of its significance the temple is also listed as a grade 1 historic building The temple is also the first Taoist temple allowed by the government to organize Taoist weddings and issue marriage certificates We’re now on Kwun Tong road which, at six lanes on either side, is the widest road in urban Hong Kong We’ve now reached Ngau Tau Kok which means ox horn or ox head cape. Before the reclamation of Kowloon bay the coastline of Ngau Tau Kok was shaped like the horn of an ox hence the name Ngau Tau Kok is located in Kwun Tong, which is one of the first new towns in Hong Kong. Kwun Tong was and remains a major industrial area in Kowloon We’ve now reached the Tseung Kwan O tunnel bus interchange

a bus interchange which was opened very recently only a few days ago The Tseung Kwan O tunnel is a 900 meter tunnel beneath Ma Yau Tong as part of route 7 It links Tseung Kwan O with Kwun Tong in Kowloon We’ve now reached the Tseung Kwan O new town, one of the nine new towns in Hong Kong, built on reclaimed land of junk bay. The new town houses approximately 372,000 residents in an area of about 10 square kilometers with a target population of 445,000. The new town is sometimes mistakenly thought of as part of Kowloon due to its proximity with the city but it is administratively part of the Sai Kung district in new territories. You can learn more about the Tseung Kwan O new town and the surrounding areas in my video on the Tseung Kwan O line We’ve now reached Hong Sing garden, the terminus of the E22A city bus route from AsiaWorld-Expo This marks the end of our two hour 60 kilometer journey. If you want to experience this in real

time you can click the video in the description of the full unedited 2 hour long clip