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Hong Kong (Part 1)

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There was this saying that went like this: If you did not visit Victoria Peak when in Hong Kong, it was as good as you did not stepped your foot there. Well, I would certainly agree with this statement, simply because, at Victoria Peak, this is the highest point in Hong Kong where you can get the greatest and most wonderful view of the Special Administrative Region of China's metropolis landscape. Victoria Peak is the first place that I visited while travelling Hong Kong. To get to the peak, it was quite convenient with the MTR. Remember if you are a tourist in Hong Kong, you have the privilege to access to the MTR 1 Day Tourist Pass which allows user of the subway train to get on an unlimited rides for 24 hours. 24 hours means, the usage of this MTR tourist pass started from the hour that the card being used on a particular day and ended 24 hours from the 1st hour of usage. Example, if you use the pass at 9 am today, the card will expires at 9 am tomorrow. This tourist pass is definitely worth the money spent for only HKD 55 per pass. However, this card cannot be use for the trip to Hong Kong airport and the border stations to China.

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The Hong Kong MTR Tourist Day Pass

As I was staying at the Prince Edward area, I took the train from Prince Edward station to the Central station in Hong Kong Island. From Central station, get out from the station at Exit J, which would leads you to Chater Garden. From Chater Garden, you would be greeted with the landmark view of Hong Kong, the Bank of China Tower, which in my view symbolised the metropolis status of Hong Kong to-date. From Chater Garden walk towards the main road where you would see the Cheong Kong Centre Building in front just opposite the main road. Walk across the road and pay attention to the signboard nearby which provides direction to The Tram Terminus. Some of the other interesting sights here apart from the Bank of China Tower would be the HSBC Tower, Citibank Tower, Cheung Kong Centre Building and the Standard Chatered Bank Tower all within the close proximity within each other and also adjacent to The Tram Terminus. It is well to take note that you would be thankful to reach the Tram terminus early in particular on weekends as the number of visitors surged rapidly by late morning, The cost of return journey ticket for the Peak Tram Sky Pass is HKD 75 which include access to the Sky Terrace 428, which is a 360 degrees view of the metropolis Hong Kong and return journey with the Tram to and from the peak. The notable towers from the Sky Terrace include The Bank of China, Standard Charted Tower, HSBC Tower and Citibank Tower. To get to the Victoria Peak, the Tram would be most convenient and easy way though you could also have the options of the public bus as well as jog or walk your way up to the peak. At the peak, there is the Peak Tower, which looked very much like a hanging ship which is a multi-level building started with the Peak Market where you would first have access to when reaching Victoria Peak. There are many souvenirs available here which you can purchase for family and friends. Few other levels would have coffee house, restaurants as well as the Hong Kong Madame Tussauds. The Tram Sky Pass did not include entry to Madame Tussauds. At one level, which was an open air area is where the Peak Galleria is located. From here, you can get a full view of the Peak Tower. Finally, the peak level would be the Sky Terrace 428 where the wonderful view of the Hong Kong metropolis landscape can be experienced from here.

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From MTR Prince Edward station to Central station

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To MTR Central Station from Prince Edward Station heading to Victoria Peak

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Exit J to get to The Tram Terminus for journey up to Victoria Peak

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The Bank of China Tower and Cheung Kong Centre Tower from Chater Garden

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The Cheung Kong Center Tower in Hong Kong

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The entrance door to Cheung Kong Center Tower

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A double-decker tram passing through at the Central, Hong Kong with AIA Tower on the background

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The signboard which shows direction to the Peak Tram Terminus

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The Citibank Tower at Central, Hong Kong

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The view of Bank of China Tower and Cheung Kong Center at Central, Hong Kong

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Standard Chartered Bank Tower & HSBC Tower at Central, Hong Kong

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St.John's Cathedral in Central, Hong Kong

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The Peak Tram Terminus to Victoria Peak at Central, Hong Kong

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The ticket counter at The Peak Tram terminus

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This way to The Peak Tram

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One of the interior decoration at The Peak Tram terminus

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The tram to Victoria Peak

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The rail track of the Tram to Victoria Peak

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Another interior decoration at The Peak Tram Terminus

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The Peak Market at The Peak Tower, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

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Some of the souvenirs available at The Peak Market

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A sneak view of the Hong Kong metropolis landscape from inside the Peak Tower

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A general view of the Peak Galleria at The Peak Tower

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The Peak Galleria at The Peak Tower

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The Peak Tower @ Victoria Peak, Central, Hong Kong

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The old tram which has been converted to tourist information centre at The Peak Tower

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The rear view at Victoria Peak

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Some of the great views of the Hong Kong metropolis landscape from The Peak Tower @ Victoria Peak

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Posted by kidd27 09:17 Archived in Hong Kong

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