Up to the Victoria Peak, you will get the most famous views of Hong Kong. This is a must see for visitors to the island. It is really worth making the trip twice- once in the daytime and once at night.
For a very long time, the Peak has been the most expensive and unique area of Hong Kong. Before the construction of the Peak tram in 1888, wealthy people usually hired some bearers to carry up the mountain by sedan chairs. And during the colonial times, it was the most prestigious district where many governors and business men paid substantially for building house. Today, there are few changes taking place here. It is still the place where moneybags and stars make their homes-snapping up houses. You will be surprised to find that the prices are among the most expensive for real estate anywhere in the world.
When you reach the top, it will be very easy for you to find out the reason why this area is so popular. Looking around from the Peak Tower, you will surely be amazed. A spectacular view of the whole city is presented in front of you! And it is also a great place helping you to know more about Hong Kong and Kowloon. Towering at 400 meters above sea level, the Peak Tower was constructed in a very strong structure which can withstand all typhoons. This is the terminal of the Peak Tram. There are various entertainment facilities (most are great fun for kids), shops and a few cafes. If you want to have a try of these facilities, you can check out the prices in the estate agents window in the Tower for property on the Peak.
The Peak Galeria stands next to the Tower. It is also a complex which has varied restaurants, bars, shops and even a McDonalds. The area is spoiled by these shopping complexes. You can even go shopping alone the road up to the real peak of the mountain. A walk avoiding the crowd is very nice for you.
Just a walk for about half a kilometer to the west of the Tower, you will get to the real Peak-- the Old Governors Mountain Lodge and Gardens. It is located 140 meters above the Tower. Though the lodge is a ruin today, the gardens are still very beautiful and pleasant, which offer you an alternative to the tower but equally amazing view in a more peaceful setting. Around the Peak, you will find numerous paths and tracks. It is a very popular spot for jogging and walking with the ex-pats who live up here. There is a very nice thing for you to do-- walking around and down to Hong Kong University, west of the peak along Lugard Road and then down hill. Finally, you can try the popular walk with local people slowly lower down the hill at Bowen Road. The views on this route are great and it will eventually lead you down to Hong Kong University.
Don’t be worried if you get hungry and thirsty up here. There are many restaurants on the peak, among which the Peak Cafe is a nice place for you to try. In summer, you can sit with a drink by the tables out the back and enjoy the gorgeous views over the island bays, especially at sunset. The foods are delicious and drinks good, but they are expensive. The other good restaurant to go is Cafe Deco, which serves all kinds of international cuisine. Again, prices are not cheap, but if you get a window seat, the views are spectacular.
Whenever you come to the Victoria Peak, you will get fully content. It presents you a gorgeous view of Hong Kong.
1. Take No.1 minibus from City Hall in Central.
2. Take No.15 double-decker bus at the terminal of Exchange Square, Central.
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