I am a huge fan of going to one of the highest places in each city I visit to check out the view and to get my bearings. In Florence it was the top of the Duomo, Seattle the Space Needle and Georgia’s St. Simon’s was a lighthouse climb. And almost every city has some sort of pinnacle that requires stairs or an elevator. But seeing Hong Kong‘s best view at The Peak required something a bit more unique, a steep tram ride and several floors of escalators.
Hong Kong’s spectacular bucket list view is from the Sky Terrace at The Peak, the highest 360 degree viewing terrace in the city.
When we arrived at The Peak, the wait was about an hour long, surrounded by a sea of heads. This was reminiscent of the London Eye ferris wheel line, when not using the Fast Track option. How’d I miss the fast track option here?
The tram was jam packed and one of the steepest rides I have ever been on, at 27 degrees to horizontal.
I started out standing towards the back, but lasted about two minutes when I squished my butt into a seat. Better the seat than the floor.
I took some comfort knowing that this erect tram was equipped with three stop modes, one of them being emergency stop mode. Though I was truly hoping we wouldn’t be using it today.
After the 268 stairs to see Tian Tan Big Buddha the day before, I was overjoyed to see the escalators the rest of the way once we stepped off the tram. Though this was not much of a surprise since Hong Kong boasts the longest outdoor escalator in the world, the Central Mid-Levels. They must really dig escalators.
Just like the Mid-Levels this ride boasted shopping along the way. Though here it was more shot glass style souvenirs than Asian antiques.
The wait and steep tram scare was worth the stunning skyline view of the city. One of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
What has been your favorite view? Have you been the Hong Kong‘s The Peak?
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