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Victoria Peak Garden

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  • Day3

    Day 3 - WAG-ing

    February 10, 2017 in Hong Kong

    New lesson of the day. When you're two 'English Roses' you shouldn't wait to ask 'am I getting pink?' Before putting sun cream and a cap on even if it's shady. Especially if one of you is bald.

    We dragged out pink neck and nose out of bed after a better night's sleep for some early-ish morning Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan. Other branches of this small chain have Michelin stars making them apparently the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants in the world (we're such tourists). We were near a non-starred one so went with it. It was really delicious. Their specialist BBQ porks buns are a bargain food highlight and recommended if you're ever in HK.

    After breakfast we continued ticking off our tourist info card and went up Victoria Peak on the tram. The tram line first opened in 1888 but I think they've updated the system since then (though probably not that recently). It basically is two carriages being pulled 45degrees up Victoria Peak with a feeling something could snap any minute and send you plummeting roller coaster style to the bottom (don't worry Mum, spoiler alert, that didn't happen). At the top we checked out the slightly cloudy 428m above sea level view. I'm not sure what it is about the need to see major cities from a high point but I still buy into it every time.

    We had to cut out trip to the Peak fairly short for our afternoon plans so caught the tram back down and headed to Happy Valley to meet Matt's friend Tom who'd invited him to play football with some friends and work colleagues. I played WAG and half watched the football and half watched the kites (the bird type) circling overhead.

    We headed back to Tom's place and hung out with him and his wife Angela for a while before hitting happy hour at Saint Germain. Several wines later we went to Keung Kee restaurant for more BBQ pork, noodles and duck fried rice. Yum.

    We caught the star ferry home after some MTR disruption (can't get over the 25p bargain price). It's apparently the coolest day of winter so far in HK. At least we won't get more burnt.... wear sunscreen kids. That's almost as good as the advice I got from the Drainage Services Department today. 'Do it from the heart' they say. Whilst sorting the drains.
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  • Day58

    Peak Tram

    August 26, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong seems much nicer after a night's sleep! Not a cloud in the sky, and really, really hot - we'd forgotten what 35 degrees and 90% humidity felt like! Forecast is not too great after today, so we tried to do all the outdoor things today. First of all, took the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak. Completely bonkers funicular tram which pulls you up the hillside at 45 degrees. Seats all face one way and you face backwards on the way down or otherwise you'd fall off your seat! Great fun, and stunning views at the top. Typhoon? What typhoon!Read more

  • Day4

    Victoria peak

    June 28, 2017 in Hong Kong

    A hill close to the city which we drove up with the bus instead of a pretty expensive, crowded, but more famous tram.

    So we spend up there most of the time of our day with hiking up to the very top, walking a loop around a lower part of the hill and watching the city illuminate I the dark of the evening.

  • Day70

    Hong Kong Island

    December 5, 2016 in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong bestaat uit een gedeelte vaste land (aan China) en een aantal eilanden. Vandaag de Star Ferry naar Hong Kong Island gepakt. Dit is een 10 minuten durend tochtje naar het belangrijkste eiland. Op Hong Kong Island staan de meeste wolkenkrabbers, dus de overtocht levert al een mooi beeld op van de skyline.

    Eerst naar Victoria park gelopen. Dit is een park met o.a. een groot grasveld met er om heen een aparte jogging baan, een zwembad, een vijver voor modelbootjes, tennisbanen enz. Op het grasveld, maar ook vooral daar omheen zitten erg veel moslim vrouwen op kleedjes wat te eten en te drinken. Blijkbaar is er een grote moslim gemeenschap in Hong Kong.

    Vervolgens met een dubbeldekker tram richting Victoria Peak. Dit is het hoogste punt van het eiland. Om boven te komen, moest ik nog wel eerst een andere tram pakken. Deze spoorbaan is al vanaf het oprichtingsjaar van Sparta in bedrijf (1888) en gaat enorm stijl omhoog. Over Spart gesproken, 6-1! Een kaartje kopen duurde wel even want er waren blijkbaar meer mensen op het idee gekomen om naar boven te gaan. Bovenop de berg hebben ze gewoon een winkelcentrum gebouwd. Na een wandeltocht van bijna 3 km om de berg en een paar foto's van het geweldige uitzicht over de baai weer in de rij gaan staan om beneden te komen.

    Als laatste nog even naar de Man Mo tempel geweest, die ene tempel kan er dan ook nog wel bij. Uiteraard zag de skyline er 's avonds nog spectaculairder uit dat overdags.
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