It is hard to get solitude in Hong Kong. There is always so much going on in here. Foreigners with their backpack trying out the different locales of the city, locals busy hosting their road side stalls, and office goers with their”no time to stand and stare” attitude. If you want to give the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong a miss then try out the Victoria Peak. The journey itself in enriching. Locals call this place “The Peak”It is situated up on a hill overlooking the Hong Kong harbor and the huge Hong Kong sky crappers in the background. The best way to go uphill is by the Peak Tram. If you are fortunate then a clear sky can greet you otherwise don’t expect a great view from up. You might prefer to sit on the right side of the tram as well as this gives you a better view of the passing mountainous scenery.
Buses to the Peak are available from the Star Ferry Pier. Here you will find open top buses so that you can have a good view of the scenery. Keep your fingers crossed that it doesn’t pour. If it does….well…take it in good spirit.
Victoria Peak Tram station is located in the The Peak Tower. Just take a careful look at the building. This is an iconic structure in the whole of Hong Kong. The design is something quite original and futuristic in approach. Inside there are rows of restaurants, eateries, parlors, and shops.The best view of the city can be had from the Sky Tower here. There is also a wax museum here. If you stay here throughout the day you will see how the scenery changes from daytime to dusk and finally when night falls. You might also want to visit the Peak Tram Historical Gallery on the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus. Opened in 2007 it has a wonderful collection of 200 memorabilia and more. Get a grasp of your Hong Kong history here starting from 19th and 20th century.It has 15 theme sections apart from the tram section. You will see here a replica of the first trams that used to carry passengers up and down the hill.
The best view of the city of Hong Kong can be had from the Sky Terrace in Victoria Peak. It stands at 428 meters above sea level and gives you a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. Sky Terrace admission ticket are available in the Customer service center of the Peak tower. If you are thinking of hosting a banquet at the highest point in Hong Kong check out The Sky Terrace West Deck. It is opened from 10am to 11pm (Mon – Fri) and 8am to 11pm (Sat, Sun & Public holidays. When you are done with tower viewing you can take a walk through the well manicured paths of the Victoria Peak. The Victoria Peak Garden is a good place and rest for a while before commencing on with your journey. You can also take a trail where you can reach Victoria peak from Victoria Gap by walking the Mount Austin.Take a walk around Luggard Road to get a good view of Hong Kong and return by the Harlech Road. The Peek Lookout restaurant is a must go. The best place to try Chinese cuisine here. Try out the dimsums here. It melts in the mouth and the soup has a typical Chinese flavor. The Pacific Coffee shop is perfect if you are searching for something lighter over a cup of coffee.
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