Victoria Peak and Victoria Harbor

VICTORIA PEAK

It is one of the highest points in the city and a major tourist attraction. Luckily for me, I went to get my ticket for the Peak Tram at a time when there was not that many people. After eating lunch, I headed to MTR Central and exited from “J.” The directions in streets lead me to a 5 minute walk to the entrance of the Peak Tram. The tram is a fun way to go up to the top of the peak instead of trying to hike it. Supposedly, the hike is supposed to take 30 – 45 minutes, but it has a pretty high slope. The cost to ride the Tram up and down the peak is HKD$99, including the 420 sky deck.

Once you get your ticket, you have to wait with a pool of people until the next Tram comes. Each tram comes down every 5-10 minutes. It doesn’t take long once you get your ticket, but I have seen the wait line for tickets go to over an hour or two. Alternative ways of getting up and down is taking a bus or a taxi. The bus, however, is always full, so it hardly ever stops near the Tram in case you wanted to change route. The taxi can be pretty expensive if you’re traveling alone.

The Tram takes you inside a large souvenir shop that has a lot of discounted items. It leads you into almost a mall-like building. You can get trapped inside this place. If you keep going up, you will get to the 420 sky deck. You have to show them your Tram ticket that includes the deck, so they can mark it off. It looks like you can only go up there once, so if you come down, don’t expect to go back up.

At the peak, there is a photographer, but I recommend not having them take your picture. They are incredibly overpriced and your phone can do the same job. There really is not much to do up at the peak, but take some pictures and enjoy the view!

You do not come up the way you go down. The entrance to exit the peak is outside and around the mall-area.

8/10 would do it again 🙂

 

VICTORIA HARBOR

The harbor is by the ferries at Tsim Sha Tsui. It is about a 3-5 minute walk from the MTR. I have yet to see the harbor during the day, but the array of lights late at night is magnificent. The colors glimmered off the water and gave us the feel of serenity.

We tried to take a Polaroid picture with the scenery behind us, but when that did not work out, we improvised! It was a lot of fun to sit down and enjoy the ocean breeze. At the harbor, the humidity is not as thick and there is a subtle cool wind that blows in the night. Victoria Harbor is absolutely breathtaking, but trying to take pictures with hardly any lighting directs a lot of attention!

Although we marveled at the harbor, local people had a more creative way of using the romantic scenery. We saw a lot of couples and occasional families have picnics that would overlook the city next to them.

Behind the harbor, there is a nice vintage looking clock tower. There is a path of palm trees and a water fountain leading up to the clock tower. The lighting was not sufficient enough for us to take a nice picture, but when we come back during the day, it would be a beautiful picture to take.

9.5 / 10 would do it again 🙂

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