Just a few shots of the Peak Tram. This is a funicular railway that which runs from the Admiralty district to the top of Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. According to Wikipedia it caries 11,000 passengers a day and I can well believe it, as we had to queue an hour to get on it – going up, and going down! The two carriages hold 120 passengers.
I seem to remember seeing the tram on a Blue Peter trip, or maybe some other children’s programme in my youth. It was built in 1888 for the residents of the Peak but was popular from the start and was instrumental in the development of the area. I had the impression that I was going to arrive in a wonderful park, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The ride up was brilliant, it was really weird looking out of the window and seeing the tower blocks apparently leaning at right angles to the ground. However when we got to the top instead of finding something like this:
We disembarked at the bottom of a shopping centre and had to work our way through a maze of shops and cafes.
The photo of the ‘sky platform’ is borrowed from The Peak’s official site.
What a disappointment! We did walk the path round the peak for a while which took us away from the crowds and through some trees, which was a nice change from the concrete. Unfortunately it was a rather overcast, drizzly day so the views weren’t brilliant. There was no escape from the buzz of the city either – the sound carried surprisingly well!