The four of us got moving first thing in the morning to catch the initial tram up Victoria Peak, known as The Peak to the locals. Tyler and Laura warned us it can get very busy very quickly and the lines can be quite long. We took the train over and walked through a beautiful and peaceful park near the tram. There were people starting their day with Tai Chi and it was a very peaceful spot in the bustling city. We snapped a few photos and made our way to the tram station.
Luckily we were the first ones there and after waiting a short while, we were off! The tram goes up the steep incline to the very top of the Peak. You can drive and even hike up, but the tram is one of the easiest ways and one of the most unique. There is a mall at the top of the Peak and we grabbed a few Egg McMuffins before we started out on our walk around the top. There is a wonderful trail that circles the summit, giving us beautiful views of Hong Kong. The amount of skyscrapers is truly incredible.
In addition to the gorgeous views, the weather up at the Peak is much cooler than below. It can be quite humid in Hong Kong and a trip up there can be a nice relief. The trail was used by a charity walk while we were there, along with runners and people walking their dogs. The Peak is also home to several wealthy Hong Kong residents.
We made our way back down the tram and rested before heading to the Ladies Market in Kowloon. If you have been to a touristy street market Mexico, that is what the Ladies Market would remind you of. The street was full of pop-up shops selling everything from tea sets to robes to knock-off soccer jersey. We made a few purchases – robes and slippers mainly – before exiting.
Mong Kok has a very high Chinese population and a much different feel than Hong Kong Island where Tyler and Laura were living at the time. There were people everywhere and signs flew over us. We stopped at a few bakeries to get an egg cake, these delightful waffles and a mobile softee. The waffles were my favorite – they were similar to a cookie and you would tear off the bubbles and pop them in your mouth. Yum.
After dinner, Tyler and Laura took us across the harbor that night to get a nighttime view of Hong Kong. We took the ferry over to the mainland part of Hong Kong and stared at the gorgeous skyline for awhile before returning back.
Tim and I were still a bit jetlagged and we were off to Thailand the next day!
Our SE Asia Adventure:
Hong Kong Part 1