Day 42 - HK panorama

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Flag of China  , Beijing,
Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hong Kong being an island has a big space issue, and to add to it the terrain is mountainous. While making life difficult for town planners, it has meant the necessity to build tall buildings to house all the people, and the mountains mean a great view of the city.
So today we went up HK's famous Victoria peak to enjoy the panorama of the incredible city and harbour.
In 1888 to try encourage people to build further up the mountain, a tram line was built up to the peak. As things get going here a little later than normal, around 10:00, we started out a little later than normal to find the tram station. The tram was really popular, possibly due to it being Sunday. The queue was crazy, but thankfully quite quick. The tram was a great ride. It goes up the mountain at an incredible angle, and takes around 10 minutes to get up. It's like a theme park ride.
The peak is pretty developed and the building at the top is an iconic shaped building (shaped like a zulu pillow), with lots of fun gadget shops, crazy number of escalators and a great viewing deck at the top.

The deck gives 360 degree views of HK. The city is really impressive. You have never seen so many buildings in your life. In contrast to the city, the surrounding hills have a surprising amount of green jungle. This is a real must see when coming to HK.

It was really crowded on the peak, and with the choice of waiting in a queue or very expensive food, we headed down after exploring for a while to have a bite in the city.
We stopped in Lan Kwai Fong, a great night destination for eating, drinking and partying. We had a pita and quesadilla at the Side Walk Cafe.
We rested at the hotel for the rest of the day. For dinner we headed down the road to try the regional cuisine, at a place recommended by the receptionist.
The menu was very interesting and very foreign in things being served. We tried to order goose, but they had run out, so we went for chicken and a veg dish done in the local style. They were very good.
Some of the other interesting menu items included boiled pig intestine, stir fried jelly fish, goose web, and fried yellow crocker (whatever that is) - very interesting and fun.
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