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Victoria Peak Garden

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  • Day4

    Ding Ding to The Peak

    November 27, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    We caught the Ding Ding this morning, the double deck narrow gauge tram that runs past the front of our hotel, then walked to the lower station of the Peak Tram, the funicular up to Victoria Peak.

    Victoria Peak is where the classic photos of Hong Kong are taken, and the crowds were indicative of its popularity. Most people take some photos at the peak, do some shopping, then go back down, but we did the 90 minute walk around the Peak Track, a 3km circumnavigation of the peak. We got some great views of the docks and outlying areas on a very quiet (and pleasantly flat) track.

    Atfer a spot of lunch, and a rainbow cheese toastie for KT, we caught the funicular back down and walked to the underground station via Hong Kong Park, and visited the world's most expensive tree - a bit like the Burnside gum, this banyan tree was preserved when the area was redeveloped, at an estimated cost of A$4 million.

    During our walks we have been surprised by the lack of cars on the road (but the trains and trams are packed!), and the cars are either taxis or luxury vehicles. DC decided to count the Tesla's today and got to 24! (turns out HK had very attractive rebates for electric vehicles and sold 2900 in one month before the rebates were removed. By comparison, Australia sold 1400 for the whole year)

    The rain started again mid afternoon, so we ate locally at the Queen Street Cooked Food Market again for tea - highlight this time was the crispy pork in scrambled egg!
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  • Day19

    Last Day in Hongkong

    August 17 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    An unserem letzten Tag wollten wir die Sehenswürdigkeit schlechthin in Hongkong besuchen: Mit der Peak Tram auf den Victoria Peak, Hongkongs höchster Berg mit 552m. Um dem Touristenansturm etwas umgehen zu können, machten wir uns schon früh am Morgen auf den Weg nach Hongkong Island. Unser Plan ging auf. Mit der ersten Bahn ging es steil den Berg hinauf (27 Grad Steigung). Oben angekommen hatten wir das Glück, fast die einzigen auf dem sonst so überrannten Berg zu sein und konnten so die weitläufige Aussicht über Hongkong genießen. Von hier aus hat man den bekannten Blick über Hongkongs Skyline. Als es uns auf dem Berg zu viel Getümmel war, fuhren wir mit der Tram wieder nach unten und spazierten durch den angrenzenden Hongkong Park. Das Schlendern durch die historischen Straßen Hollywood Road und den Lan Kwai Fong glich einem Etappenlauf. Aufgrund immer wieder einsetzendem Regens waren wir gezwungen, mehrmals trockenen Unterschlupf zu suchen. Doch wir hatten immer Glück und fanden ein Vorsprung, der groß genug für uns war. Um auch die in den Berg hinein gebauten Seitengässchen zu erreichen, nutzten wir die Midlevel Escalators. Verrückt und faul wie die Asiaten sind, haben sie hier mehrere Rolltreppen mitten in der Stadt eingebaut, um die höhergelegnen Viertel zu erreichen. Um auch den Nachmittag sinnvoll zu nutzen, machten wir uns nochmal auf in den Norden Hongkongs. Vorbei an hunderten goldenen Buddhas, führte uns ein steiler Weg nach oben, zum 10.000 Buddhas Monastery. Erschöpft von der dritten Bergtour des Tages, kehrten wir in die Stadt zurück. Zum Abschluss unseres Urlaubs, durfte natürlich eine Sache nicht fehlen: der Besuch auf einem Night Market. Doch leider waren wir von Taiwans wunderschönen Nachtmärkten verwöhnt. Nichtsdestotrotz schlenderten wir vorbei an den Verkaufsständen und gönnten uns ein leckeres Abendessen beim Inder.Read more

  • Day3

    Day 3 - WAG-ing

    February 10, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 48 °F

    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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  • Day4

    Victoria peak

    June 28, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    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.Read more

  • Day70

    Hong Kong Island

    December 5, 2016 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    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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