Hong Kong: A view from The Peak
Victoria Peak is a mountain located on the western side of Hong Kong Island. It gained prominence as a housing development for wealthy European colonists during the 1800’s due to the unrestricted views of the city and the cooler climate. Residents commuted to and from their homes by having servants carry them in sedan chairs, until the creation of The Peak Tram Funicular in 1888. The tram had three classes of service: First Class, British colonial officials and residents of Victoria Peak; Second Class, British military and the Hong Kong Police Force personnel; and Third Class, Other people and animals. During this time, Chinese residents were not permitted to ride the tram. Today, The Peak, as it now known, is primarily a tourist attraction, with over 4 million annual visitors.
The tram car… packed!
As soon as you walk off the tram, you find yourself smack in the middle of a shopping bazar! Loads of knick-knacks and trinkets. It’s actually part of a multi-story shopping mall of sorts. I later found out that The Peak is home to two popular shopping centers, Peak Tower and Peak Galleria.
Once outside there is a massive heart display, emblazoned with The Peak’s logo, “I love you.” Here you can leave a love note for someone special!
The views were pretty spectacular. It was a great way to see the city.
But if you’re not a self-shot pro, you can always do what these guys did! I don’t know if this is ridiculous or genius. Probably both (I wouldn’t want to lug one of those around!). They were pretty friendly though, and showed me some of their photos. Hilarious!