Victoria Peak

Chris & Hong ascend the Peak

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak

June 13, 2011

There’s a reason why The Peak is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong: the views of the city skyline, Victoria Harbor and Kowloon are spectacular. Looking down from The Peak you’ll be amazed by the spectacular view of the surrounding city skyline.

Located at the tram lower terminus and opened in September, 2007, The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is like a time tunnel with more than 200 memorabilia exhibited. Divided into 15 theme sections, it takes you back to the Hong Kong of the 19th and 20th century. Many years were spent in collecting memorabilia from all over the world and planning The Peak Tram Historical Gallery. Some of the display items are more than a hundred years old. A replica of the first generation Peak Tram carriage is on display and the 1926 Haulage Room is recreated to show how it pulled the Trams up and down the Peak for over 60 years.

Getting to the top of the peak is an unforgettable trip. There’s nothing in the world like the Peak Tram. Pulled by steel cables, the tram climbs 373 metres. It’s so steep that the buildings you pass look like they’re leaning.

At the top, this fabulous vista has been further enhanced by the 2006 revitalisation of one of Hong Kong’s most striking landmarks, The Peak Tower. Perching on The Peak at 396 metres above sea level, The Peak Tower is one of the most stylish architectural icons in Hong Kong. With an avant-garde design representing the epitome of modern architecture, the spectacular tower has been featured in millions of photographs and postcards across the world. Inside The Peak Tower, there is a myriad of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.

The Peak Tower boasts the highest 360° viewing platform – The Sky Terrace. Standing at 428 metres above sea level, the Sky Terrace offers spectacular panoramic views of the city. The terrace also has a new sky gallery that displays 17 historical photos of old Hong Kong. The photos let you step back in time to the old Hong Kong and see how it has changed over the years.

With over 100 incredibly lifelike wax figures, Madame Tussauds of Hong Kong delivers a fun and interactive celebrity experience where anyone can become a star. In addition to the realistic wax figures of the famous, audio visual effects and interactive displays add to the experience. There are six themed areas: Hong Kong Glamour, Historical and National Heroes, World Premiere, SCREAM, The Champions and Music Icons. At Madame Tussauds, you can see Bruce Lee, pose with Barack Obama, experience the glitz and glamour on the red carpet with Nicole Kidman, meet with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, shoot hoops with Yao Ming, and dance with Lady Gaga.

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Occupation: Software Engineer; Favorite Languages: C++ C# Objective-C; Favorite Challenge: Connecting complex programs together so that elements of one UI interoperate within the other UI; Passions: Learning new things. Photography. Electronic Music. Astronomy. Model Railroad Miniatures, Designing web sites; Favorite Getaway: San Juan Island; Personal Motto: “No matter where you go, there you are.” View all posts by Chris Disdero

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