Hollywood may have Snakes on a Plane but Hong Kong has its own dramas – namely, mushrooms on a tram. A photo widely shared on social media on Monday prompted the Hong Kong Tramways company to confirm that mushrooms had indeed been detected on board a “ding ding”.

“Have you noticed two mushrooms on trams, the no. 62 tram?” a post on a Facebook group for Sai Wan residents asked on Monday.

Some commentators questioned the authenticity of the photo, suggesting the mushroom could have been planted by the photographer. Others said their growth could be linked to the humid weather.

The two mushrooms; a Hong Kong tram.
The two mushrooms; a Hong Kong tram. Photo: Facebook/Wikimedia Commons.

Others were worried that the mushrooms may be poisonous, suggesting that the tram company should be notified.

Hong Kong Tramways told Apple Daily that the mushrooms – smaller than a 50 cents coin – were found on a tram during the daily regular checks and were immediately removed.

The company had inspected water drain outlets on the tram and other locations to make sure no more mushrooms were growing. It added that the mushrooms were not detected during checks on Sunday and that they could have grown during the day time.

Mushrooms growing in flats or outdoors posted on social media.
Mushrooms growing in flats or outdoors posted on social media. Photo: Facebook.

The tram service provider said it believed that the event happened because of the recent humid weather, and more checks would be done. It has checked other trams and no similar cases were found.

Following the event, netizens have been posting photos of mushrooms growing in flats or outdoors.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.