I had no doubts with what place to start the series of articles about Hong Kong. It definitely must be about the Victoria Peak! This place is considered to be the major tourist attraction of Hong Kong.
Victoria Peak is the highest mountain on the island with an altitude of 552 meters. It offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and its harbours. Not many people know that famous actor Jackie Chan was born in Victoria Peak!
There are two main ways to get to the Peak :
- by the Peak Tram ( choice by majority of tourists).
- by the bus 15.
The Peak Tram was first introduced in 1888.
It was built for the daily commuters rather than a tourist attraction though nowadays majority of the passengers are tourists. The ride is quite steep and it climbs up to 396 metres above sea level.
The panorama view of the harbor is spectacular.
The main disadvantage of going by tram is the large queue, but it is worth of waiting! In my case I was standing more than thirty minutes to get on the tram.
I ended my excursion with a nice lunch in one of Japanese restaurants on the top of Victoria Peak. However, it was very hot outside and there were lots of tourists, I was very happy of this visit!