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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Saturday, 29 September 2012

The Peak

After a good sleep I now felt ready to explore. So often I have heard people talk about the views from 'The Peak' so that was my first stop this morning. The metro system is very easy to follow as all signs are in english as well as mandarin and once I had worked out which ticket I needed I was raring to go. It was lovely and cool on the metro not like the sauna sensation you get on London's underground so it makes travelling very pleasant.

I decided as the temperature was already high(well that's my excuse) that I would not walk to the top of the Peak but get the tram which is a funicular railway.  Apparently this was the first one to open in Asia in 1881. Prior to that people were carried up in sedan chairs, I can't imagine that that would be a particularly pleasant way of reaching the top.

The queue wasn't too long so there was no waiting around to get on.

It was quite a pull up the hill of almost 400 metres. As we passed the buildings you had a strange perspective of them as though they were leaning over.

Now I felt I was in Hong Kong. Although a bit hazy the views were still spectacular.



The Peak is on the island of Hong Kong and this is looking across to Kowloon and the mainland.


7 comments:

  1. Wow ! that looks very American ! These skyscrapers. Probably necessary because they don't have a lot of space !

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  2. Sounds like you're having fun, all right! Love that shot of you smiling.

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  3. What a shame you are only staying for three nights, never mind a taster is better than not at all. :)

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  4. I'm glad you didn't try to walk up. I think it must always be hazy from up there. It was both times I was there.

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  5. I admire you doing this trip by yourself. It must rekindle your independence and make you proud of yourself. Well done!

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  6. Of course you don't need an excuse to take the funicular - that is an experience in itself that must be had!! I haven't ever seen a picture when it WASN'T hazy!!

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  7. Spectacular views! And you sure look like you're enjoying it all in that great shot of you! :o)

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