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Hong Kong diaries – Visit Victoria Peak


Hong Kong diaries – Visit Victoria Peak
Hong Kong diaries – Visit Victoria Peak

Hong Kong diaries – Visit Victoria PeakHong Kong is truly one of the most popular cosmopolitan spots in China that attract a lot of tourists. It is a wondrous surprise to all those who step on it for the first time and want to do the impossible – know everything about the city in a couple of days.

One should spend at least a week to walk through its streets, visit its markets and shopping centers, go up and down its escalators, admire the music shows and lights on the skyscrapers every night, boating on the bay and visit the surrounding islands. Yes, Hong Kong is much more than downtown streets.

One excursion that you should not miss is to go up Victoria Peak. This is one of the mountains of the island of Hong Kong and is 552 meters high. In the 19th century, some European residents had their houses here and enjoyed great panoramic views, as well as moderate climate, but it was difficult to get up and down, so in 1888 a funicular was built. There began another chapter in the history of Victoria Peak because only non-Chinese residents of the island could live above and use it.

Although you cannot access the top, the mountain top has a radio antenna and around the peak, there is a public park, some residences, trails and an entertainment center with observation platforms, galleries, and restaurants. One of the commercial centers is the Peak Tower, adjacent to the terminal station of the funicular, and another is the Peak Galleria, with the bus station. The beautiful Victoria Peak Garden, former residence of the British governor, is the closest point to the mountain’s crest.

 

Hong Kong is truly one of the most popular cosmopolitan spots in China that attract a lot of tourists. It is a wondrous surprise to all those who step on it for the first time and want to do the impossible – know everything about the city in a couple of days.

One should spend at least a week to walk through its streets, visit its markets and shopping centers, go up and down its escalators, admire the music shows and lights on the skyscrapers every night, boating on the bay and visit the surrounding islands. Yes, Hong Kong is much more than downtown streets.

One excursion that you should not miss is to go up Victoria Peak. This is one of the mountains of the island of Hong Kong and is 552 meters high. In the 19th century, some European residents had their houses here and enjoyed great panoramic views, as well as moderate climate, but it was difficult to get up and down, so in 1888 a funicular was built. There began another chapter in the history of Victoria Peak because only non-Chinese residents of the island could live above and use it.

Hong Kong diaries – Visit Victoria Peak

Although you cannot access the top, the mountain top has a radio antenna and around the peak, there is a public park, some residences, trails and an entertainment center with observation platforms, galleries, and restaurants. One of the commercial centers is the Peak Tower, adjacent to the terminal station of the funicular, and another is the Peak Galleria, with the bus station. The beautiful Victoria Peak Garden, former residence of the British governor, is the closest point to the mountain’s crest.

The Peak Tower shopping center is an architectural marvel and in addition to its shops and restaurants, it has the best 360º observation platform, the Sky Terrace 428. Imagine the beauty of the views, 428 meters above sea level! In addition, there are some murals with photographs of how the city grew and changed. The best way to go up the funicular is to buy the Peak Tram Sky Pass that combines the use of this transport with the entrance to the panoramic point for 65 HK dollars per adult. You can use it between 7am and 12am. The tram only costs HK $ 40 and the entrance to the SkyTerrace other HK $ 30.

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7 iconic places of Hong Kong you should visit:
The island of Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating destinations for tourists around the world. The mixture of the oriental tradition and the western legacy of the British colonization has resulted in a culture full of nuances that combines wonderful Buddhist temples, spectacular views of skyscrapers, exuberant nature and street markets where you can find a very large offer of products and services.

 

Skyscraper: Undoubtedly one of the main postcards of the island of Hong Kong – one of the world capitals of modern architecture – is the view of its skyscrapers. In addition to seeing four of the 30 tallest skyscrapers in the world, visitors to this city will be able to enjoy the Symphony of Lights nightly, a show in which the city’s skyscrapers are lit up while the bay fills with music. A free show that should not be missed in this great city.

Lantau Island, Big Buddha, and pink defines: It is the largest and at the same time calmest island in the city, with about 45 thousand inhabitants (Hong Kong has almost 2 million). Those who visit it will know the great Tian Tan Buddha: 34 meters high and 250 tons in weight, this imposing statue – considered the largest sitting Buddha representation in the world- is located on the top of Ngong Ping, the highest part of the Island of Lantau. Take the opportunity to visit Tai O, a small fishing village that offers exquisite seafood. From there you can take a short boat ride to see the magnificent pink dolphins (unfortunately in danger of extinction) characteristic of this area.

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Victoria Peak: It is the highest mountain in Hong Kong, 522 meters high and more than a hundred years old. You get there through a tram . Undoubtedly, the Victoria Peak offers a spectacular view of the city that every visitor must enjoy.

Hong Kong diaries – Visit Victoria Peak
Hong Kong diaries – Visit Victoria Peak

Avenue of the Stars: For a long time, Hong Kong was a British colony. This fact has had great influence on the evolution of some cultural brands that distinguish this place from traditional Chinese culture, such as the development of the most popular film and the music industry in Asia. Along the Avenue of the Stars – a local version of the Boulevard of Fame in Hollywood – the walkers can see their hands in the cement of popular figures such as Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan. Since the place is located on the Kowloon coast, it offers a beautiful view of the sea and the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island.

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Crossing from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island by boat: A fabulous experience: a boat ride from where you can contemplate the bay of the island of Hong Kong and its impressive skyline with the imposing buildings. It is recommended to make this excursion at dusk to contemplate navigating the light and sound show that takes place daily on the figures of the skyscrapers.

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