I love maps. When I travel, they are always in my luggage either in print or electronic form. My kids love them too and when they were young, I started to teach them how to follow a map by using the Hong Kong MTR map each time we travelled. I realised when my son had learned to follow a particular line and each station on it when he was playing with his Thomas the Tank Engine at home one day and was pushing it across the back of the sofa counting out the stops, cushion, next cushion, Mummy’s hair, another cushion. Got me thinking he was probably ready to move on to bigger and better maps!
In Hong Kong we have the MTR; in London, it’s the Underground or the Tube. Both are fantastic ways of exploring these two amazing cities. The Tube is of course much older dating back in some places to Victorian times and sometimes you can be forgiven to thinking you are riding on a train that old. Hong Kong’s MTR is much smaller but I reckon still carries the same number of passengers, at least until Admiralty.
Anyway, two maps have hit my Facebook page recently and I wanted to share them with you. Not sure how Londoners will take to anyone who has French blood in them “messing” with their Underground but hey, who am I to comment?
“Put your hands together for Jug Cerović who’s masterfully reworked metro maps for stylish navigation. The French- Serbian architect has standardised 12 underground networks across Europe, Asia and America, enlarging the central part of the maps to make them easier to read. The London Underground version is helpfully labelled with the initial of each line, and stations are laid out in a way that makes more sense geographically. The Overground has also been transformed into a satisfying loop that circles the city so you’ll never get derailed again.” Time Out London.
Now Hong Kongers have been treated to a literal translation version of their beloved MTR. What great names – just who is Pauline and I dread to think how Oil Pond got its name. However my favourite destination has to be Utmost Peace.