View from Victoria Peak

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    View from the terrace overlooking Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

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    Interesting collection of skyscrapers, apartment buildings, and a host of other structures

The night time view from The Peak is worth the time spent in an endless line waiting for the Peak Tram to take you to the top of Hong Kong Island’s tallest mountain. Once there you’re welcomed by a breathless skyline of Hong Kong Harbor and the city of Kowloon across the bay.

The Peak Tram was first opened to the public in 1888 as a means of transporting the expatriate residents and visitors up and down the mountain. More than a hundred twenty years later the tram is still hauling people back and forth with more than seven million tourists annually visiting The Peak.

Officially, the summit of Victoria Peak or 太平山 is closed to the public, but the galleria at the top affords tourists a wonderful view of the skyline and a window into Hong Kong’s colonial past. Historically the British and other Westerners would have homes at the top to escape the brutal heat below.

With the line waiting for the return tram being longer than 60 minutes, we took the local 15 bus down the mountain to Wan Chai District or 灣仔.

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