Getting to the top
Riding the escalators to the viewing station at the top of the Peak.
May 18, 2013 (Victoria's Peak, Hong Kong Island) As Dr. Farris likes to say - "its tradition". Around 5 PM local time we all met up at the Star Ferry landing on the Kowloon side to take the ferry over to Hong Kong island. Dominated by the world's 8th tallest office building - the 88 story International Finance Center, the Hong Kong skyline is an impressive endless line of high rise buildings. As the sun sets, the city's buildings are lit up with a variety of interesting and unique lighting schemes. Viewing this cityscape from Victoria's peak gives one a breathtaking view of the skyline. Many evenings the cloud layer is just above (sometimes just below) you, and the city lights reflect off the canvas of swirling mist and fog. The Peak has a viewing deck at the top that allows a panoramic view of Hong Kong and overlooks the bay between Kowloon and the island. Many brand name company's logos adorn the buildings in a splash of color that reflects off both the water and the clouds.
To get up to the top, the "funnest" way to ascend is via the tram - a cable car train that goes
View of the City
A glimpse of the city from the top side before sunset.
up an incredibly steep incline from downtown Hong Kong to the peak. The line up for the tram was two hours long - and after navigating it for about 15 minutes, we elected to take a cab up the backside of twisting hairpin turns to the top of the mountain. It was a busy time at the top, but the view didn't disappoint. The intermittent clouds rolling in and out gave us amazing views of the cityscape, saturating much of the digital media we had with photo opportunities that just don't quite capture being there in person.
The tradition part is eating at Bubba Gumps. Known for its shrimp, its a bit of a last supper routine before we leave for Sichuan province to dine on an endless cornucopia of culinary Chinese cuisine - often spicy mysterious and curiously interesting textures. We were smart to have made reservations, because the peak was crowded. Our table for ten (Paul Chen had a banquet to attend with friends) enjoyed a variety of down home (mostly) shrimp and seafood dishes and updates on Daniel's tailored suit fitting expedition. We then stop off for a dollop of Hagen-Dazs ice cream before an adventurous
The ride down the mountain features careening over the same road we took up the mountain, but instead of a cab, we're on the topside of a double decker bus. Not for the faint of heart or stomach! I'll spare you the details of a ride that rivals the twisting, topsy turvy, teacup ride at the Oklahoma State Fair. We made it back down to the Star Ferry, caught the boat back to Kowloon and all quickly settled in for a much needed night of sleep before heading out tomorrow morning to Chengdu. Where the work really begins!
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