Kowloon Motor Bus
Buses of the Chinese Horoscopes
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The Chinese lunar calendar is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2637 B.C. when the first cycle of the zodiac was introduced. One complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five simple cycles of 12 years each. Twelve animals were assigned to each of the 12 years when, according to legend, the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Only twelve animals came to bid him farewell. As a reward he named a year after each one in the order that it arrived. First came the Mouse, then the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig. Thus, we have the twelve animal signs (the Chinese Horoscopes) of today.

Starting from 1998, which was a year of the Tiger, in the beginning of every year Kowloon Motor Bus ("KMB") specially decorates a number of buses with the Chinese Horoscope of that year, to celebrate the coming of a new Chinese year.

This page contains photos of these specially decorated buses. Please click on the photographs for the enlarged version.


Year of the TIGER, 2010
庚寅虎年
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro500 12m
  • ATE236 (ME 8933)
  • Date: 2010/01/31
  • Route: 1A
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro500 12m
  • ATE236 (ME 8933)
  • Date: 2010/12/27
  • Route: 1A
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBW44 (MM 2801)
  • Date: 2010/10/31
  • Route: 30X
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBW44 (MM 2801)
  • Date: 2010/07/01
  • Route: 905

Year of the RABBIT, 2011
辛卯兔年
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro500 12m
  • ATE236 (ME 8933)
  • Date: 2011/01/09
  • Route: 26
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBW44 (MM 2801)
  • Date: 2011/01/23
  • Route: 905

Year of the DRAGON, 2012
壬辰龍年
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro500 12m
  • ATE236 (ME 8933)
  • Date: 2011/12/22
  • Route: 26
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBWU16 (PJ 5187)
  • Date: 2012/03/26
  • Route: 680

Year of the SNAKE, 2013
癸巳蛇年
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBWU16 (PJ 5187)
  • Date: 2012/12/30
  • Route: 89
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBWU16 (PJ 5187)
  • Date: 2012/12/30
  • Route: 89
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBWU242 (RG 9525)
  • Date: 2013/10/06
  • Route: 6
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro500 12m
  • ATE236 (ME 8933)
  • Date: 2012/12/31
  • Route: 619

Year of the HORSE, 2014
甲午馬年
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBWU16 (PJ 5187)
  • Date: 2013/12/31
  • Route: 271
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBWU16 (PJ 5187)
  • Date: 2013/12/31
  • Route: 271

Year of the GOAT, 2015
乙未羊年
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBWU317 (SR 8808)
  • Date: 2015/05/29
  • Route: 968

Year of the MONKEY, 2016
丙申猴年
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro500 12m
  • ATEU33 (PZ 8988)
  • Date: 2016/01/08
  • Route: 85K
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro500 12m
  • ATEU33 (PZ 8988)
  • Date: 2016/01/08
  • Route: 85K
  • Volvo B9TL 12m
  • AVBWU317 (SR 8808)
  • Date: 2016/07/01
  • Route: 68X

Years 1998-2009
Year of the TIGER, 1998
戊寅虎年
  • Dennis Dragon 12m 3AD52 (HL 2438)
  • Date: 1998/09/09
  • Route: 104
  • Dennis Dragon 11m AD94 (FH 8543)
  • Date: 2000/09/17
  • Route: 6A

Year of the RABBIT, 1999
己卯兔年
  • Leyland Olympian 11m AL121 (FF 3078)
  • Date: 1999/11/18
  • Route: 1
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV101 (GL 3611)
  • Date: 2000/07/08
  • Route: 98A
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV381 (HN 8357)
  • Date: 1999/06/10
  • Route: 1
  • Volvo Olympian 12m 3AV329 (HG 4169)
  • Date: 1999/02/13
  • Route: 6

Year of the DRAGON, 2000
庚辰龍年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV381 (HN 8357)
  • Date: 2000/09/17
  • Route: 1
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV513 (HU 208)
  • Date: 2000/01/02
  • Route: 238X

Year of the SNAKE, 2001
辛巳蛇年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV381 (HN 8357)
  • Date: 2000/12/29
  • Route: 224X

Year of the HORSE, 2002
壬午馬年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV381 (HN 8357)
  • Date: 2002/02/12
  • Route: 63X

Year of the GOAT, 2003
癸未羊年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV326 (HL 9881)
  • Date: 2003/01/12
  • Route: 30X

Year of the MONKEY, 2004
甲申猴年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV381 (HN 8357)
  • Date: 2004/01/04
  • Route: 63X

Year of the ROOSTER, 2005
乙酉雞年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV326 (HL 9881)
  • Date: 2005/03/19
  • Route: 30X

Year of the DOG, 2006
丙戍狗年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV393 (HR 889)
  • Date: 2006/01/31
  • Route: 3C

Year of the PIG, 2007
丁亥豬年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV415 (HR 9800)
  • Date: 2006/12/30
  • Route: 93K

Year of the MOUSE, 2008
戊子鼠年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV326 (HL 9881)
  • Date: 2009/01/10
  • Route: 235

Year of the OX, 2009
己丑牛年
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV393 (HR 889)
  • Date: 2009/01/10
  • Route: 3C
  • Volvo Olympian 11m AV415 (HR 9800)
  • Date: 2009/02/07
  • Route: 93K

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