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L'objectif de ces voyages est double: faire une sieste pour les personnes ayant du mal à trouver le sommeil, mais aussi offrir un moment d'évasion aux Hongkongais voulant faire un peu de tourisme après 20 mois de fermeture des frontières. © Bertha Wang / AFP The goal of these trips is double: take a nap for people struggling to find sleep, but also offer a moment Escape to Hong Kongs wanting to do some tourism after 20 months of closing borders.

pay to sleep on a bus? In Hong Kong, it is the bet made by a new tourist bus company that offers trips without destination, an offer presented as a solution to combat insomnia problems.

On this sunny Sunday afternoon, some 70 passengers, excited children but also retirees to silver hair, go up in two large bus to imperial. Final destination: "nowhere".

The first is a "silent bus", in which people can sleep, the other, a classic tourist bus.

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The 85-kilometer trip begins in a lively neighborhood of the city, before running along the coastal highways and joining Hong Kong airport, almost desert since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

While some enjoy the view, others equip themselves with anti-noise balls and night masks, plunging rapidly into the arms of Morpheus for five hours, the time of a trip serving several tourist sites.

"I think everyone has experienced not to sleep at home, while in a bus, we can sleep very deeply because it is scaling and vibrating," explained to AFP Ho Wai , a recent adept of these silent buses.

"All Hong Kongs are stressed by the work, by the prices of the apartments, by life, and now we can no longer travel," he deplores during this singular journey, referring to the strict rules of quarantine intended for Fight against Cvid-19 and who have almost cut Hong Kong from the rest of the world.

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"With all this accumulated stress, I think a lot of Hong Kongs do not sleep well."

- "Too good to sleep" -

Matthew Chick, another passenger, has also decided to be from the trip hoping thus solving the sleep problems encountered for a few weeks.

But it is difficult for him to detach his eyes from sight.

"It's too good today to sleep," says the 29-year-old young man.

The price of the tickets oscillates between 99 to 399 hkd (11,30 to 45.50 euros), the places of the upper floor being more expensive.

According to Frankie Chow, President of Ulu Travel and entrepreneur at the origin of this concept, the selected routes have the least possible traffic lights to reduce the stops likely to awaken passengers.

For him, the goal of these trips is twofold: take a nap for people struggling to find sleep, but also offer a moment of escape to the Hong Kongs wanting to make a little tourism after 20 months of closing borders .

The Government's Zero Covid Strategy maintained the rate of infection at a low level but isolated the international business center.

"Before, I was going every month at the airport (to travel) every month," remembers one of the passengers having required anonymity. "In addition to sleeping, this tour also gives us the feeling of traveling".

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