日本での一年間

July 8, 2011

The Peak

In the blink of an eye a month has gone by without updating my blog. My sincerest apologies! I hope to catch up in the next few weeks.

And now, a return to our regularly scheduled programming:

Every day tourists visiting Hong Kong flock to the peak. The real name of the area is Victoria Peak (太平山 in Chinese). Many Europeans built homes up on the peak during the colonial days, and in those days, they were carried up to the top on chairs. I feel bad for the people who had to carry them up this horribly steep hillside. In 1888, the first tram was completed, and now it’s mostly a tourist center with shopping malls and souvenir shops.

The Peak Tram. Hint: try to get a seat on the right hand side of the tram to have a panoramic view of Hong Kong.

Inside the pretty packed tram.

The stunning Hong Kong skyline, the reason people come to the peak.

Old and new

A closer-up view of some of the Hong Kong skyline.

Rickshaw driver waits for customers at the Peak.

The Peak Tower: basically a tourist trap. There's a big mall inside with your typical chain stores and souvenir shops. You can also pay to see the city from up there instead up on top of the hill like the regular folk.

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1 Comment »

  1. Wow! Super pictures, Susannah. And I thought Chicago had a great skyline.

    Comment by Adrienne Lieberman — July 8, 2011 @ 12:39 pm


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