04 May Hong Kong Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak, with the altitude of 554 meters is the highest peak, located in the northwest of Hong Kong Island region. Having several vantage points, tourist can enjoy a bird view of whole Hong Kong city and the fine Victoria Harbor, at Lions Pavilion Lookout, Lugard Road observation deck, Green Terrace (the top of Peak Galleria) and the famous Sky Terrace 428.
With a short distance from one another, tourists can walk to enjoy the vistas of city from different angles. If you visit before sundown, the night view seems more romantic with city lights coming on in their varicolored brilliance, which is the super experience to feel the charm of Victoria Harbor.
The Peak Tram’s upper terminus spits you out at the Peak Tower. Ascend to Level 5 and you’ll reach the Sky Terrace 428, so named because it stands at 428 metres above sea level. In Hong Kong terms, this is the top of the world and you’ll be greeted with panoramic 360-degree views of Hong Kong’s forest of skyscrapers, the harbour and Kowloon beyond.
If you’re not bothered about the highest point, and even if you are, it’s worth seeking out the Lions View Point Pavilion – a far more charming lookout with a cute Chinese pagoda and gate, bristling with lion statues. This is where elderly locals come to sit and enjoy the view. It’s a signposted two-minute walk from the tram’s upper terminus.
Taking the Peak Tram is an absolutely lifetime experience to appreciate the unique spectacular perspective of this city. Following the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways, pulled by two iron cables, the tram of 2 carriages, rises to 396 meters (about 1,300 feet) above sea level with a steep up to 45 degrees.
Sitting in the tram, you can view the buildings flashing by appear to fall toward The Peak, which is a spectacular visual illusion. When it turns down to the steepest section, you may feel you are flying, which is fun. At the same time, you can enjoy a full view of city and the green landscape warts and all.
Built in 1881, the peak tram still keeps its original form. As the No.1 historical transportation in Hong Kong, it is more than just itself. By offering a thrilling journey, it carries the history as well. So if interested about the tram history, the Peak Historical Gallery can’t be miss out when you visit the Peak Tower.
Besides, the Peak Historical Gallery, like a time machine takes you back to 19th and 20th century to find the history treasure of Hong Kong. With more than 200 memorabilia exhibited, the replica of the first generation Peak Tram, can be the historical heritage, witnessed this city’s changes for 120 years, since served Hong Kong in 1888.
The gallery is like a brief history book for tourists to get a glimpse of how this city comes to shine. The Madame Tussaud’s with over 100 celebrities’ wax statues represents the modernity with local difference for you to enjoy a unique Madame Tussaud’s in Hong Kong.
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