Victoria Peak is the highest mountain in Hong Kong which is standing tall at 552 meters above sea level. It has been simply called as “The Peak” ever since it was used as a signaling post during Hong Kong’s early days. In those days, people found it as a perfect place to go, to escape from the city’s scorching heat during summers. So among the wealthy people started to build their summer rest houses there just like Baguio and Tagaytay here in the Philippines. And that made The Peak an exclusive residential area reserved for only a few rich and privileged ones.
|Summit of Victoria Peak (Wikipedia.com)|
In getting to The Peak, wealthy residents from long ago were carried by sedan chairs which were bamboo chairs being carried by two coolies. But nowadays, The Peak Tram is now used as the mode of transportation which is one of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways. The ride is so steep that the buildings look like like they’re leaning against you. It is a very unique experience for me as the tram inclined to a gradient of about 5 to 30 degrees. Talagang nakakalula for an acrophobic like me (who by now had slowly conquered heights)!
Then the tram took us to the most stylish architectural icon and landmark in Hong Kong, The Peak Tower. This spectacular tower houses an array of restos, shops, and entertainment centers. In here I found the longest-traversing escalators that I avoided my eyes to look down for me not to get petrified of the great height I was in.
But the journey was all so worth it when we reached the rooftop of The Peak Tower which is the Sky Terrace 428. This is by far the highest viewing terrace in Hong Kong that offers stunning 360-degree panoramic views across Hong Kong. When we arrived, we were lent with a mini-tab and headset for a multimedia guide to Hong Kong’s land and seascape as well as a bit of its history.
Meanwhile, another highlight of The Peak is the “Say I Love You at The Peak” Wishing Corner. You can express your love to someone on a wishing card and hang it on a giant heart. Only Papa wrote his love note to Papa God or Mama perhaps. Hmmm, I wonder what it was. Sorry, we were not able to take a peek at it.
Finally, at the tower’s exit is the Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Centre which features this vintage peak tram. This tram was in service from 1959 to 1989 and has been refurbished to serve visitors at The Peak Piazza.