When I first arrived in Hong Kong last January, it was my third time here. And yet somehow during all my previous visits I had missed what may well be Hong Kong’s biggest tourist attraction– The Peak.
A few weeks ago Peter and I were spending our Sunday at the beach at South Bay when we decided to make the trip up Victoria Peak. Now granted Sunday is far from an ideal day to stop by many spots in Hong Kong because of the massive crowds, but since this was my first visit and I had no idea what to expect, I was well up for the adventure.
Back in the day, Victoria Peak, or what is simply known as “The Peak” was the ideal building spot for westerners to take advantage of the high altitude and escape Hong Kong’s summer heat.
Today The Peak is still famous for outrageously expensive homes and spectacular views of Hong Kong.
There are a few ways to make your way up to Victoria Peak to take in the views, but lucky for me I had Pete as my personal driver to the top.
Once we arrived it was definitely a lot different than what I expected. I had always heard of people hiking up to The Peak so I expected it to be much less developed than it was. But although I was surprised that The Peak was dominated with a shopping mall and restaurants, I guess I shouldn’t have been.
After all, this is Hong Kong. Hiking, dining, and shopping are the lifeblood of the city.
Peter and I made our way to a viewing deck to look over the harbor and even with all the tourists crowding around, it was an impressive site.
It’s hard to believe sometimes that this place is my home now!
Although I imagine that big red house there in the middle has been in thousands of tourists’ photos, the view from The Peak still manages to capture a bit of what I love about Hong Kong– a vast metropolitan surrounded by a lush landscape.
The best of both worlds.
Where are some of your favorite city views?