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Victoria Peak hong kong

Victoria Peak hong kong

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Victoria Peak hong kong

 

Victoria Peak is a big hill in the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin and locally as The Peak. At 552 m (1,811 ft), it is the highest hill on Hong Kong Island, ranking 31st in elevation in Hong Kong (Tai Mo Shan is Hong Kong’s highest point at 957 m (3,140 ft) .).

 

Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak

 

Victoria Peak is a big hill in the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin and locally as The Peak. At 552 m (1,811 ft), it is the highest hill on Hong Kong Island, ranking 31st in elevation in Hong Kong (Tai Mo Shan is Hong Kong’s highest point at 957 m (3,140 ft) .).

The Summit has a radio telecommunications installation and is closed to the public. However, the area surrounding public parks and high-value residential land is commonly referred to as The Peak. It is a significant tourist attraction with Central, Victoria Harbour, Lamma Island, and surrounding islands.

Disneyland, Hong Kong

 

 History of Victoria Peak

As early as the nineteenth century, the Peak attracted prominent Europeans for its panoramic city views and mild climate compared to the subtropical climate of the rest of Hong Kong. The 6th Governor of Hong Kong, Richard MacDonnell, had a summer residence built on the Peak circa 1867. The builders of the houses have given them names such as The Eyrie and Austin Arms.

 

These early residents arrived at their homes in sedan chairs, able to climb and descend the slopes of Victoria Peak. This tiny development of the Peak until the opening of the Peak Tram in 1889.

The increased inaccessibility due to the opening of the Peak Tram created a need for housing on the Peak. Between 1904 and 1930, the Peak Preservation Ordinance designated the Peak as a residential area exclusively for non-Chinese.

They also reserve the Peak Tram for the use of these passengers during peak hours. The Peak is still an upscale residential area, although today, the residence is based on wealth.

In 1905, the construction of the Pinewood Pin was completed on the west side of the summit. Harlech Road was built around the Peak to provide this artillery supply and later an anti-aircraft battery.

 

At night
At night

Ecosystem

Woodpeckers are home to many species of birds, including black kites and many species of butterflies. Wild boars and hedgehogs are also seen on the Peak, along with a variety of snakes.

 

Tourism

With approximately seven million visitors a year, The Peak is a significant tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It offers views of the city and the waterfront. The observatory also has a coin-operated telescope that tourists can use to enjoy the cityscape.

The number of tourists led to two extensive shopping and entertainment centers, Peak Tower and Peak Galleria, located next to each other.

Peak Tower incorporates the Peak Tram upper station, the funicular that takes passengers from St. John’s to the central district of Hong Kong. In contrast, the Peak Galleria combined with the bus station is used by Hong Kong public buses and the green minibus on the Peak.

The Peak can also be reached by taxi and private car via the winding Peak Road or the steep Old Peak Road hike near the Zoological Botanical Gardens or the Central Green Trail from Hong Kong Park. The nearest MTR station is Central.

Victoria Peak Garden is located on Mountain Lodge, the Governor’s former summer residence, and is the closest public point to the summit. It is accessed from the Victoria Gap by going up Mount Austin Road, a climb about 150 meters (490 feet) high.

Another popular hike is the loop that runs horizontally along Lugard and Harlech roads, offering stunning views of entire Hong Kong and Kowloon harbor and the Lantau and Lamma Islands, looping around the top at the level. of Peak Tower.

There are a few restaurants on Victoria Peak, most of which are located in both malls. However, the Peak Lookout Restaurant, located in an older, more traditional building, was originally a spacious home for engineers working on the Peak Tramway. It was rebuilt in 1901 as a rest area for sedan chairs but was reopened as a restaurant in 1947.

In addition to being a vital tourist attraction in Hong Kong, The Peak is also the pinnacle of the real estate market from Hong Kong. Properties on The Peak can be as costly as anywhere else on the globe. On January 12, 2014, a property on Barker Road sold for over HK $ 100,000 (US $ 14,000) per square foot for HK $ 690 million.

 

Shiny
Shiny

 Official Residence

The Peak is home to several other key Hong Kong officials:

19 Severn Road – Attorney General’s Residence

Victorian House and Victoria Apartments at 15 Barker Street – Residence of the General Secretary of Administration

Headquarters 11 Barker Road – the residence of the PLA commander in Hong Kong and former house of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army.

Chief Justice House 18 Gough Hill Road – the residence of the Chief Justice Court of Final Appeal

Victoria Peak

Culminating at 552 m, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It’s also one of the most visited places by tourists, and it’s not hard to see why. Panoramic city views, verdant forests, and easy yet breathtaking hikes can be reached in just 8 minutes from the Center via Hong Kong’s 125-year-old Peak Tram that defies gravity.

As you might expect, it’s grown into a lucrative circus with restaurants and two shopping malls, but there’s still magic here if you can get past that.

The Peak Tram’s upper terminus will take you to the Peak Tower. Go up to the 5th floor, and you’ll come to Sky Terrace 428, so named because it’s 428 meters above sea level.

In Hong Kong terms, it’s the top of the world, and you’ll be greeted with a 360-degree panoramic view of Hong Kong’s skyscraper jungle, the harbor, and beyond, Kowloon (if you can dodge the Instagrammers and photographers officially tout businesses in front of the best view).

If you don’t mind the highest point, and even if you’re there, you should head to the Lions View Point stall – a much more charming gazebo with a beautiful Chinese temple and a gate bristling with lion statues. This is where the local older people come to sit and enjoy the view. It is a markup two minutes walk from the upper terminus of the tram.

 

Great view
Great view

 

About 500 m northwest of the upper terminus, above Mount Austin, is the former governor’s summer residence, which Japanese soldiers burned down during World War II. However, the beautiful gardens are still there and have been renovated with imitation Victorian gazebos, sundials, benches, and stone pillars.

They are open to the public; it takes about 30 minutes to get here, and your reward is it’s so peaceful and happy. Walk through the gardens, and you will find a second pavilion with a view of the island.

For longer trips, including the 3.5-mile morning run, get a map from the Hong Kong Visitor Center on the unused tram next to the Peak Tower, or download the Go app hiking enjoy Hong Kong.

 

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  1. My recommendation is
    Peak Road hike near the Zoological Botanical Gardens or the Central Green Trail from Hong Kong Park. The nearest MTR station is Central

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