2015 – Kwun Tong Line extension from Yau Ma Tei to Whampoa. 3 km, 2 stations. 2015 – South Island Line from Admiralty to South Horizons. New line, 7 km, 5 stations. Dec 2014 – Island Line western extension to Kennedy Town. 3.2 km, 3 stations.
Metro art is not too obvious in Hong Kong, but MTR's Art in Stations initiative brings works of art into the stations since 1998. There's an Open Gallery project on the Island Line and in many of Hong Kong's metro stations, live performances and art exhibitions take place [mtr.com.hk].
Photo: Upper platform level of Tsing Yi station with 'Birds of a Feather' installation by Neil Dawson.
Hong Kong Railway Museum. A branch of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Railway Museum is an open-air museum occupying some 6,500 square meters converted from the old Tai Po Market Railway Station. It focuses on the history of the KCR, which is now part of the MTR network, and also includes exhibits on the future MTR development. Since 1986. Location: A 10-minute walk from Exit A2 of Tai Po Market Station to Tai Po Complex, follow the signs. Address: 13 Shung Tak Street, Tai Po Market, Tai Po, Hong Kong. Tel. (852) 2653 3455. At Tai Po Market, Tai Wo metro station. Hours (check before visiting): Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Admission: free. Reference: heritagemuseum.gov.hk (official website).
Pre-recorded messages in Cantonese, Mandarin and English inside the train: "Tsing2 Mat6 Kau3 Gaun6 Tsae1 Mun4 – Qing3 Bu2yao4 Kao4jing3 Che1men2 – Please stand back from the doors [do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do]" (numbers denote tunes of syllable) before the doors close (rm from ushb.net). "Ha Yat Jaam: Tai Jee. Sing Hak Hoh Yee Juen Sing Tsuen Wan Seen Wong Tsuen Wan Yuen Tou Gok Jaam" (Cantonese). "Xia Yi Zhan: Tai Zi. Cheng Ke Ke Yi Huan Cheng Quan Wan Xian Qian Wang Quan Wan Yuan Tu Ge Zhan" (Mandarin). "Next station: Prince Edward. Interchange station for the Tsuen Wan Line towards Tsuen Wan" (English). (ushb.net.) Departure announcements outside the trains are different: "Tsing2 mat6 kau3 gaun6 yuet6 toi4 mok6 mun4 – ching bu yao kao jin yue tai mu men – Please stand back from the platform screen doors".
MTR train departing from Tung Chung station ("Please stand back from the platform screen doors").