When your family is from Hong Kong trips there typically involve a lot of visiting relatives, drinking tea, and eating out. You don’t usually get to act like a tourist in the city but on my last trip to Hong Kong I managed to sneak away for an afternoon to check out Victoria peak and shoot some photos.
Victoria Peak is famous for its views of Hong Kong Harbour. It has been popular with visitors since the mid-1800’s and officially became a tourist destination with the construction of the Peak Tram in 1888. As a child I remember my Dad taking me on a bus tour up to Victoria peak but they turned around half way up the hill due to low cloud cover. Heading up to the peak by tram is fairly easy as it leaves right from Hong Kong’s Central district.
Once you arrive at the tram you’ll typically have to wait in a fairly long line to get tickets. As with most places in Hong Kong, you can use your Octopus Card to pay for your ticket just as you would for the MTS subway system. For an extra HK$25 [www.thepeak.com.hk] you can get access to a city viewing platform at the top of the Peak Tower. The waiting area for the tram has many historical artifacts that tell the story of the tram. The tram ride itself lasts about 5 minutes with a elevation gain of 368 meters [Wikipedia].
Having decided against paying extra for the viewing platform, I managed to find a couple of free places where you could get some nice shots of the city and harbour. It was a fairly hazy day so I didn’t get a lot of great shots, although I do like the one at the top of this page with the lion. I also got this shot of a unique warning sign. The stick man looks genuinely freaked out so I made sure to mind the step!
There is a nice walking trail leaving from the peak tower where I got some other neat shots including this one where people had carved messages into some bamboo.
While waiting for the trip back I got to peek into the peak tram control room.
I was lucky enough to grab a standing room spot right at the front of the tram for the ride down. At some points the tram runs up/down a 27 degree gradient, although it looks and feels more like 45!
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