Sorry for the delays, there have been pressing family matters to attend to. This post is from July 31st.
Like I said before, we would be going up to the Peak (山頂) eventually. First, we would have to walk past some of the most famous landmarks in the city:
|The Bank of China Tower, long a symbol of the city.|
|The headquarters of the Hong Kong Garrison of the People's Liberation Army (中國人民解放軍駐香港部隊). |
But more on that in the politics post!
|2 IFC again.|
In Statue Square (皇后像廣場) in Central, trilingual signs can be found all around:
Our first steps toward Victoria Peak are at this flight of stairs.
We pass through the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (香港動植物公園):
And find Old Peak Road.
In the old days, the wealthy [British] would be carried on sedan chairs by local coolies up to their expansive mansions on the Peak, which was originally reserved for non-Chinese residents. Today, the Peak remains one of the most expensive places to live on Earth, with prices hovering around $70,000 ($9000 CAD) a square foot.
Old Peak Road becomes a footpath about a third of the way up the Peak:
|A rock dislodged in that typhoon a week ago.|
On a good day, from the top of the Galleria, you can see Lamma Island (南丫島) in the distance, but today, only the town of Pok Fu Lam (薄扶林) on the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island is visible.
The actual Peak is the mound on the right in this picture, the highest point on Hong Kong Island.
And the stereotypical view of Hong Kong below (with the stereotypical prerequisite that we did not pay for the observation deck in the Peak Tower):
We head over to the Tower and take the Peak Tram back down.