Hong Kong Sights to See - Victoria Peak
large cities have skyscrapers that offer a view from the top. Hong
Kong, as it so often does, takes a slightly different route and gives its visitors Victoria Peak.
At 552m (1,810 feet) the Peak is higher than any existing skyscraper.
(The Freedom Tower in New York, designed to replace the destroyed Twin
Towers, will be 1,776 feet high including the spire. If completed on
schedule, it will - for a while - be the world's tallest building.)
From that height, visitors can look down on the lush, green
mountainside and around at some of the $10 million homes that get to
enjoy the view every day. Looking out, tourists can see Victoria Harbor
- one of the world's most active ports.
The mountainside is alive with near-tropical vegetation thanks to the
hot, humid summers and the cooling sea breezes of the East China Sea at
Hong Kong. Sharp eyes will occasionally pick out some of the many
animal residents of the area, as well.
Though none offer tours, some angles offer a glimpse of homes that show
how Hong Kong's wealthiest residents live. America isn't the only land
that offers the resourceful and the determined a road to riches. Many
homeowners here are entrepreneurs who made their fortunes in Hong Kong
after starting out as poor residents of Canton and other parts of
Looking down, you can get an expansive view of the ancient harbor and
the ultra-modern city. Victoria Harbor is one of the deepest
world, only one of the many natural attributes that has been used to
good advantage by Hong Kong's enterprising businessmen.
The port is always buzzing with the arrival and departure of ships that
carry goods and passengers to and from China to every port on the
globe. Ships of every national registry, both cargo and cruise, make it
to Hong Kong regularly.
Near where the ships dock, a pair of binoculars will help you get a
better look at some of the many boat families that still populate Hong
Kong's wharves. Here, as they have for over 200 years, fishermen and
their families ply their trade in some of the toughest circumstances
But to see all this, first you have to get there. Visitors have several
choices, including bus and tram.
The bus is decidedly less crowded, and you can still get a pretty good
view as the winding road to the top circles around the mountain. This
route has the added 'benefit' that you won't feel the need for a
rollercoaster ride again anytime soon.
Most, for good reason, take the tram up. This funicular railway is
among the world's steepest and most scenic rides in Asia. Though the
term may be unfamiliar, almost everyone has seen one in person or at
the movies. It's a long, suspended-cable system in which cabs go up and
down the mountain in tandem. The weight of one cab coming down helps
pull the one going up.
Lines can be long so be prepared. But the wait is well worth it, as you
can get another spectacular view of the harbor looking down and of the
mountain looking up. This is one ride you will definitely want to take
at least twice - once during the day, and again at night.
Sights to see in Hong Kong
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb
Mai Po Marsh
Museum of History
Po Lin Monastery
Star Ferry and Victoria Harbor
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