18 July 2010

Hong Kong - Macau Diaries: Hong Kong Park and The Peak

07.06.2010

After we have settled at the hotel, we immediately headed to our first destination, The Peak. There are actually two ways to get to the Peak Tram Terminus from TST:

1. From Admiralty Station
Take Exit C1. Cross bridge over Queensway to Pacific Place. In Pacific Place take escalators on right which run up along side the shopping mall. Go to the very top and cross the road to Hong Kong Park. Follow signs to Peak Tram Terminus.



2. From Central Station
Take Exit J2, walk along Garden Road which is between The Bank of china building and The Cheung Kong Centre. The walk to the tram station only takes 15 to 20 minutes.

We took the first one, which was a good thing because we were able to pass by the Hong Kong Park. The park has a lot of different attractions such as The Museum of Teaware and The Aviary. How I wish that we have parks like these here in the Philippines. You know, sans the children sleeping on cardboards on the floor?




It was quite a walk towards the Peak Tram Terminus and I was quite worried for the knees of my dad (hehe). So what exactly is a tram? Basically, it's like a bus on a railroad, that's my attempt on making it simple. The Peak Tram would you believe is 120 years old!


Riding the tram was definitely an experience, having to tilt because of the steepness of the track. You could actually get to the top by riding a bus but I suggest that you throw that idea out of the window. It is not everyday that you'd get to experience this one. We bought the package ticket (200 HKD) which includes the following: round trip tickets for the tram, entrance to Madame Tussauds and entrance to the Sky Terrace.

Upon reaching the summit, we first explored the whole ares including The Peak Tower and Sky Terrace.


The view from the Sky Terrace was breathtaking. It would probably look better had we been there at night  with all the Hong Kong lights in show. They also have telescopes which can be used for 5 HKD for a better view of the region. You can either use coins or swipe your octopus card.

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum which are located in areas such as Las Vegas, Shanghai, London and here in Hong Kong. It features foreign celebrities which are familiar to everyone and also local artists of Hong Kong. Who can you find here?
Mr. and Mrs. Smith

James Bond

Barrack Obama

And well here I am with more of them.
Marilyn Monroe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Yao Ming and some guy I don't know

And yes I am kicking Ronaldo's balls. Cool huh?




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