Peak Tram Ticket-HK$ 40 (two-way)
Entrance fee at the terrace- Hk$ 30
Upon disembarkation from the star ferry we immediately proceeded to find the Lower Peak Tram Terminal which will bring us to Victoria Peak.Victoria Peak is a mountain in Hong Kong. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. The mountain is located in the western half of Hong Kong Island. With an altitude of 552 m (1,811 ft), it is the highest mountain on the island proper, but not in the entirety of Hong Kong, an honour which belongs to Tai Mo Shan.
Its my first time there and I felt lost when we rrive at the terminal because, unlike in Kowloon area, signages are everywhere.There were many turns until I was able to found a Filipina who walk with us for while to show where the bank of HSBC is.Should we took the train from Tsim Sha Tsui to the Admiralty it could have been very easy because the moment you went out of the Admiralty you can find the terminal easily. However, it was really our plan to take the ferry to have a different experience.
The landmarks near the lower peak tram are Bank of China and HSBC Bank. From these banks you will see immediately the St. John’s Cathedrl. From the Cathedral and there you can already see the lower peak tram station.
The Peak Tramway is a funicular railway in Hong Kong, which carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island. Running from Central district to Victoria Peak via the Mid-Levels, it provides the most direct route and offers good views over the harbour and skyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Taking the Peak Tram is in itself is an experience. The slopes were very steep and somehow it gives you a feeling of riding a roller coaster that is just big and slower and more stable of course. The Peak Tram’s route from Central district to Victoria Peak covers a distance of about 1.4 kilometres and a height difference of just under 400 metres. The line has two pronounced curves, one to the left immediately after leaving the lower terminus, and the other to the right in the upper half of the ascent. The gradient also varies considerably throughout the ascent. It is a single track route and a passing loop, with two trams.
As soon as we arrive at the peak we Went directly to the Tower’s terace. the Victoria Peak Tower is the Counterpart of Singapore’s Marina Sand Park. The Peak Tower is located at an elevation of 396 m, 156 m below the summit of Victoria Peak. Because the architects sought a design which would be prominent on the skyline but would not interrupt the natural line of the hills, they chose a site in a dip along the line of the hills, and restricted the tower’s height to 428 m above sea level
I was expecting more from Victoria and i was a bit disappointed because it is small compared to Singapore’s Marina Sand Park ….none the less the view was amazing.
The only problem I had that time was it seemed foggy which made the view quite difficult to photograph. I just don’t know if rhe Peak can give a clearer view during summer.Again my regret, I dont’t have the right lense with me, what i had was my kit lense which I also use as my wide lense.
We just had our photo op at the terrace of the Peak Tower and go.
The Outer Part of the Peak
We also explore the outer part of the peak. The trail outside are quite interesting and good photography subject as well. Unfortunately, we were rushing because we still have to proceed to the Ocean Park.
Within the building is the Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, we didn’t enter anymore due to lack of time .
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, part of the renowned chain of wax museums founded by Marie Tussaud of France, is located at the Peak Tower on Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. It is the first and one of the only two permanent Madame Tussauds museums in Asia, the other being the Shanghai branch, which opened in 2006. The Hong Kong branch houses nearly 100 wax figures of internationally-known personalities, with Asian figures taking up more than a third of the total, of which sixteen were Hong Kongers.
At the lower terminus we asked for directions again for the bus station going to the Ocean Park. The bus station is near the Central’s Park but since the buildings in Hongkong were really high we had a difficulty in our direction. Fortunately we’ve approached one Chinise who speaks English very well. He was very kind also of walking us to the station. Indeed Hongkong is truly tourist friendly!
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