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We decided to take a stiff hike up to the top of Victoria Peak today. From leaving the Mid-Levels at Conduit Road, the easiest way up the peak is to bear left on Conduit Road and look out for Hornsey Road. After a while Hornsey Road will turn into Old Peak Road, and you basically stay on this road and follow it for a torturously steep half an hour or so (depending on fitness). Make sure you take plenty of bottled water with you though, as we didnt and by the time we got to the peak tower we were both gasping for fluids. Another piece of advice is to avoid buying water at the DelliFrance, which is the first shop you come to inside the Peak Galleria. Instead look for the Park and Stop supermarket on the 2nd level of the Galleria.
Unfortunately the views from the Peak today were totally obscured by a thich haze covering much of the sweep of panoramic vista that is on show. Infact it is extremely rare to get a good clear day on top of the Peak. If you look at some of the piccies from today you will see just what I mean.
The Peak on a clear day offers the most fantastic of views. On a rare clear day the 552 metre summit overlooks not just the improbable towers of the north side of HK island, but also Victoria Harbour, Kowloon and the hills of the New Territories beyond. The Peak is also the start point of a number of Hong Kong's best walks, but we will save that for another day.
The Peak Tower and the Galleria dominate the area, on each of the several floors of both facilites you will find shops, restaurants and other tourist trap attractions. Be warned though, most of the Peak Tower is presently closed for major restoration and development work and is due to reopen later this year offering what is being touted as a new and improved 360 degree view of HK, offering the best views in the whole of HK. Therefore most of the restaurants were not open in the Tower. Across the way in the Galleria though Tamara found a nice little eaterie called 'Cafe de Mon Ton'. We both had a nice little lunch here for around $70 including a cold lemon tea. Some of the restaurants and cafes inside the Galleria were charging over $100 for pretty much the same thing. So its worth doing a bit of exploring around.
All in all, a great day, very exhausting if you decide to take the short steep way up but equally rewarding. There is a tram up to the Peak which we plan on doing later during our stay, but trudging up is a great way to burn off the excess of the previous nights Thai curry.
E & T x