Crossing the Victoria Harbour
After the excitement of the last couple of days we realised that we still hadn't gone across Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry. The ferry service originated in 1880 and the only time it has ever stopped running was for a time during WW2, that's pretty impressive! We have been getting the subway under the harbour, but at only $2.20HK (about 15p) it's an absolute bargain. The journey was only about 10 minutes, we went from Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon across to Central on Hong Kong Island. The weather had finally cleared and it was a lovely day to go across.
Later in the day we decided to go up the peak tram to, well, 'the peak'!! Hong Kong Island seems to be a a big mountainy hill with a small area of flat land at the edge, where much of the financial district has been built.
As you start to move further inland the roads get quite steep and perilous, with many steps. The Peak Tram is just a tourist tram taking people up to the top where there are several over priced restaurants, shop and a very good view. In fact getting up there was an experience in itself. It was hard to take good photos as there were a lot of trees, but the tram went up at about a 45 degree angle, the buildings looked completey bizzare! We had read somewhere that the best place to sit was on the right, so we were set for a mad scramble when the tram arrived, but at the time we went up there were not that many people around!
I'm fairly sure it's going to rain!
When we got to the top, we once again found ourselves thrust into a shopping centre and had to battle to find the exit, this was not why we came up! Once we found the door we were amazing to see bits of cloud floating past, before we realised that this probably was not a good sign.
Sure enough the black cloud came down and the rain started to fall. We were very dissapointed, as our amazing view vanished completely. We should have known better though, as after 15 mins of sheltering the clouds moved away and we saw the reason why we had come up. The view over the harbour looking down on the sky scrapers was incredible, surely one of the most stunning city skylines.
That's more like it!!
After coming down and having a delicious Mexican meal we hopped back on the metro back to Kowloon to pack our bags, we had a LONG train ride the next day. A couple of days before we had sent our passports off with the owner of the hostel to sort out the Chinese visas, they were incredibly expensive as we need double entry visas as we will be crossing the border twice. Apparantly they have doubled the price of visas for UK citizens in the last year to bring it in line with what WE charge THEM. Hmmm, that seems a bit mean, it's not MY fault. Still we got them sorted out quickly and with far less fuss than I expected so we don't mind too much! China here we come!