Hong Kong, Night 2: Of slant tracks, freezing terraces, and awesome rice (The Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428)
January 30, 2012 1 Comment
From Ocean Park, we took a bus back to Admiralty, and whisked ourselves to Central. It was an Amazing Race episode for the three of us since we were rushing to catch A Symphony of Lights. Unfortunately, we didn’t succeed in that front. By the time we reached Statue Square, the lights show was already on. Bummer.
At the park, we asked a security guard for directions to the Lower Terminus of The Peak Tram. I’m sure he meant well, but we all believed we were pointed towards a longer path (a suspicion we confirmed on our short way back). The weather was pleasant, but the journey was a physical challenge; we haven’t had dinner yet and the road was uphill! We were panting and sweating when we reached the station but we were just so glad we were there already.
We immediately paid 65.00 HKD (~359.25 PHP, ~8.40 USD) each for a Peak Tram Sky Pass which included two-way tickets for the Peak Tram and entrance to Sky Terrace 428, the Peak Tower’s viewing deck. A short queue and fifteen minutes later of travelling like one was actually lying down (expect an amazing perspective aboard the tram), we were at The Peak Tower.
There was a line of tiangge-type stalls right after getting off of the tram. We did some souvenir-type pasalubong shopping there before yet another climb to the deck. The Peak Tower had seven or eight (or nine?) flights of escalators pa! Now that I think about it, was there no really elevator or did we just miss it? Hmmm…
Anyway, all the energy we expended paid off when we reached the top. They weren’t joking when they said the view was breathtaking. Well, for one, the air is so thin up there. Hehe. Kidding aside, it was really beautiful seeing the buildings that fill Victoria Harbour all lit up. The smog was disturbing, yes, but minus that, it was a perfect sight. Again, Kite and I can’t help but wish for the Philippines to have something similar. (Is that bad?) Quick tip: bring a jacket. It’s freezing up there, even Nick was locking up and had trouble taking pictures. Brrrrrrr.
After almost an hour of absorbing the sights I only saw in photos before, we went down the tower and proceeded to the first restaurant we saw at The Peak Galleria, Tsui Wah Restaurant. First things we ordered? Coffee and hot chocolate. Haha! we weren’t able to help it. It was that cold! We also got vegetables with abalone and mushroom, seafood curry, and two variants of fried rice. Good eats! (Apparently, Tsui Wah is one of the more famous cha chaang teng or tea house chains in the country. Coolness.)
We finished dinner quickly and was done in half an hour. (Gutom lang… Haha!) I can’t exactly remember why but for some reason, we ended up at Mongkok after. I swear! It was rather uneventful as we didn’t see anything worth buying at the then about to close Ladies Market. I think the most memorable sight I saw was this beggar right outside the MTR station. Because of his bowed down position, I was reminded of the several ones I saw back in South Korea. They really don’t show their faces! I’m sorry, but that really fascinated me, probably because the beggars of Manila don’t act that way.
What a day it had been. By the time we got back to the hotel, it was midnight already.