Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Peak

Riding the Tram on our way up to The Peak.... wweeeeee....

Built over 100 years ago, the tram climbs at an improbable angle, but affords some excellent views over the city below.

Officially named Victoria Peak, the Peak is a mountain directly above Central in Hong Kong. It is also documented as The Peak locally, and Mount Austin. The mountain is located in the western half of the Hong Kong Island. With an altitude of 552 m (1,810 ft), it is the highest mountain on the island, although far from the highest Tai Mo Shan in the territory. It is also known to have the highest land value in the world, with many of the Super-Rich residing here. Because of its view, history and spectacular location Victoria Peak is strongly attached with an air of prestige.

Thanks to its height it was the residence of choice for many of the city's early colonial administrators, who were trying to escape the oppressive humidity and persistent mosquitoes in the city below. Nowadays, rock stars, politicians and the city's playboys call the Peak home. Property up here is the most expensive real estate in the world, a sale of 12 Mount Kellet in 2006 went for a very reasonable $5,417 per square foot. The Peak has continued to be attractive thanks to the lack of humidity, stunning views of the city and it's greenness.

Primarily, the best city view in the world. Hong Kong's stunning cityscape is no better seen than at the top of the Peak. This can be viewed via the Peak walk, which takes you on a circle of the mountain top taking in views of both the city and the South China Sea. The cityscape view remains one of the greatest man made views on Earth.

The two complexes, the and Peak Galleria, feature a host of restaurants and coffee bars. The Peak Tower, which has just undergone a multi-million dollar redevelopment, also contains a viewing platform at its top and Madam Tussauds at its bottom. The Peak Tram will deliver you right into the belly of the Peak Tower.

Day and night are both spectacular for viewing, however, if you need to choose, the neon lights of Hong Kong's giant skyscrapers are most majestic at night. Make sure that the day isn't too cloudy or polluted; otherwise you'll have a wasted trip.

With my sis... You might want to check out her blog too... Abby Travels

"Live life to the fullest"

4 Reactions:

London Flats said...

The pictures look really good, I didn't know that Hong Kong looked this good. i think I should it at least once.

I have never left my country, but I love to travel.

Tampa Real Estate Agents said...

Looks like you had a good time!

You seem to be a travel person...

Government Money Club said...

Wow! The peek is great. You seemed to be traveling a lot. I guess you had a really good time out there.

Home Inspector NJ said...

Those are some fabulous pictures... I'm sure you had fun..


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