Dim Sum, Victoria Peak and Tea at the Peninsula
Trip Start Mar 08, 2011
84Trip End Jun 11, 2011
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Pretty satisfied with ourselves, we decided to head to Victoria Peak. We started out in the train station but once we looked at the map it seemed to not take us directly where we wanted to go. Dave suggested we take the Star Ferry again as it would drop us right by the bus terminus. I agreed – why take the subway when you can take a ferry? So we walked back across Salisbury road (now becoming really familiar with this area!) and took the ferry across from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island. Once we disembarked, the bus terminus was right there and a large sign said that the #15 will take you right up to the Peak. Excellent! We’ve been really impressed with the clear and English signage here. We had to wait a bit but the double-decker eventually pulled up and we enjoyed the top deck air-conditioned ride up to the top of Victoria Peak for $1.5US per person. Granted it was a bit harrowing at times when the road narrowed and the switchbacks were sharp but I really enjoyed it.
We headed back down stopping only at the candy shop with a number of collectables because Dave enjoyed the extra-large Pez dispensers (and didnt want to miss out on a photo op with hello kitty). On the 3rd level of the mall there’s a Madame Tussauds wax museum which was interesting and strange. I tried my best Bond girl impression in my hiking gear so it was fairly unsuccessful. We headed back down more escalators and decided to take the tram down from the Peak (why go down the same way you went up when there’s a tram?). The Tram was very steep but provided an amazing view of the city from the way down. At one point we were so close to the apartment buildings we could see inside – they all looked so crooked since we were at such a down angle.
Back in Kowloon we disembarked from the Star Ferry and made our way down Salisbury to the Peninsula hotel. We had read and heard that afternoon tea here is a must-see tradition. By the time we got there at 3:30pm a line had already started so we hopped in, thinking it wouldn't be too long. An hour later we were finally seated and enjoyed a lovely cup of tea, coffee and mini sandwiches. It wasn't cheap but well worth it sitting in the same lobby from the 1920s with white glove service.
We were so stuffed from tea and snacks that we headed back to the hostel to rest and see if the internet was back up. It turns out that it was, just in time for us to learn the news about Japan (so that is what all of the locals were watching while waiting for the ferry). More on what happens next in our "We're Safe" chapter. And special thanks to Ashish for giving us a heads up, otherwise we might have gone to bed without knowing what we were getting ourselves into the next day.