This weeks ‘View from the top’ is coming to you from Hong Kong. I visited Hong Kong back in August 2012 as part of a round the world summer trip. In my opinion this is one of the best things to do in Hong Kong – ‘The Peak’ known as Victoria Peak.
Now I’m not going to lie the whole experience of actually getting to the top of the peak was pretty awful. It was stinking hot and for some reason people in Hong Kong have no sense of personal space so whilst ‘queueing’ in the insane humidity I was also squashed up against many other people. The wait was around half an hour and I kept thinking to myself ‘this better be worth it’ and I can say that it was indeed worth it!
|Me trying to look happy on the way up|
Once we finally got onto the cable car that takes you to the top of the peak it was a steep journey up to the top. The cable car is slow which is great because the view is pretty great as you get further and further up.
At the top of the peak you are dropped off in what looks like a mall with restaurants and shops in a complex. You exit this complex and head to the look out at the peak and only then do you realise just how high you’ve come, 555m to be precise.
We got to the top at the perfect time as the sun was setting and it was a cooler time of day (although it was still sweltering). I’ve seen loads of pictures from the peak and most pictures I saw it was clear as in no smog but when we went it was super smoggy but to be expected in such a busy city!
The observation area is quite big and there is plenty to see, apart from the insanely huge buildings there are mountains on the other side and a few mansions dotted around for the rich expats of Hong Kong.
After watching the sunset we then enjoyed seeing the city light up building by building. We hung around a little longer to see the amazing light show put on at 8pm each night. It is titled ‘A symphony of lights’ and is accompanied by music, lasers and flashing lights. It was great seeing it from the top of the peak but we watched it the following night from Kow Loon.
After spending quite a few hours at the peak it was time to depart but I felt like we got our moneys worth! It is is a must do if you are in Hong Kong and the view from the top was absolutely spectacular. The line to get back down on the tram was so long (2 hour wait) we opted to jump in a cab and were back at our hotel within 10 minutes and for £5.
You can read about my time in Hong Kong here – Hanging out in Hong Kong