We were up early on this, our first full day in Hong Kong. We had breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant then walked the few steps to North Point Station for the metro to Central. It was only a short walk from there to the Peak Tram station.
We bought single tickets which cost HK$28 each. As we had arrived early we were fortunate to find there was only a short queue and we were able to board the tram without delay.
The steep, uphill journey takes around 10 minutes and provides spectacular views along the way. At the top, we took the 4.5 km ‘Morning Trail’ around Victoria Peak.
The trail provides panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Lamma Island below and winds its way beside waterfalls, wild flowers, fluttering butterflies and bamboo thickets.
Locals can be seen practising the art of Tai Chi which is believed to relieve stress and improve health. On completing the circuit we rewarded ourselves with cappuccinos on the terrace of the Peak’s Galleria Mall.
We returned to Central by bus and were lucky to get seats at the front, on the upper deck. Travelling down The Peak by bus is also ‘a must’ just to experience the steep descent with numerous hairpin bends and the view of the harbour below. We got off the bus in Central where hundreds of Filipino maids were enjoying their day off (Sunday) and having picnics with friends clustered around the corporate headquarters of HSBC and Standard Chartered.
Next on the list for us, was a visit to St.Johns Cathedral and the nearby Hong Kong Park.
This park features a waterfall with a path behind it, ponds filled with koi carp, it’s an oasis of calm within the urban landscape of Central. It was then time for a short rest and some lunch at our hotel in North Point.