Hong Kong’s Sleepy Bus to Nowhere
A travel company in Hong Kong has launched the world’s first “Sleeping Bus Tour. ” The five hour bus ride to nowhere has proved highly popular, with the first tour on 16th October being completely sold out. The bus route uses the longest route in Hong Kong; an 83 kilometre loop around the Tuen Mun highway and North Lantau Island.
Passengers are provided with sleeping masks and ear plugs. Before they get on the bus they are treated a two course ‘western-style meal’ that is marketed as the “Food Coma Lunch,” guaranteed to put them in the mood for an afternoon nap.
The motion of buses resembles a mother’s swaying armsFrankie Chow, founder of Ulu Travel Agency
7 in 10 Hongkongers suffer from insomnia according to a survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The number of people with insomnia has doubled since the pandemic, according to Hong Kong GP Charles Brantly. Since the pandemic many are working from home and missing the commute snooze which is customary in Hong Kong.
Reasons for Insomnia in Hong Kong
60% – pandemic and social unrest worries
40% – school or work stress
With a route that is 83 Kilometres long, naturally I dozed off. Also with the lunch I ate prior to the ride the food coma made it easy to fall asleepMarco Yung 29 (interviewed by Washington Post)
How much does it cost? (USD$)
- $42 – Zero-decibel Sleeping Business-Class Cabin on the upper deck
- $38 – Zero-decibel Sleeping Economy-Class Cabin on the lower deck
- $51 – VIP Panorama Cabin on the upper deck “for bus lovers”
- $115 – Extra legroom cabin