Above and Around Hong Kong

Day 2 – Part 2
January 31, Thursday

From Ocean Park, we took a bus back to Central District and walked towards the Peak Tram terminal. The ticket normally costs $40, but if you want access to the Sky Terrace, you can upgrade your ticket to $65. The Peak Tram ride is a steep, uphill climb to the mountain where Victoria Peak is, and along the way there are lots of interesting sights to see like views of the harbor and structures on either side of the railway. There are other ways to get to the Peak but the Tram is definitely a must-try when you’re in Hong Kong.

It was around 8PM when we got there, so we decided to have dinner first. We ate in Tsui Wah, which is like Hong Kong’s most popular restaurant. They serve Western food and an extensive selection of Asian dishes. I couldn’t decide which one to get, but I ended up ordering baked pork chops with cheese and tomatoes, served on top of rice. My friends ordered chicken and pork chop curries.
Tsui Wah's chicken curry

After eating, we explored the Peak and were mesmerized by the scenery. From almost any viewing point, you can see the amazing cityscape: the Victoria harbor, skyscrapers, islands – all their lights reflected on the water at night. It was simply breathtaking! I temporarily fell quiet so I could take in all the beauty surrounding me. The splendor was incommunicable – not even the best picture could; you have to see it with your own eyes.

In the Sky Terrace you can see the city at a higher angle, or use one of the coin-operated machines in the observation decks. There was also an incredibly cheesy heart-shaped display there that held hundreds of notes from people writing to their special loved ones. I must admit I gave in to the cheesiness.

After a few more panoramas and jump shots, we headed back to the Peak Tower to catch the last Tram downhill. The view from the top of Peak, as well as the journey going there, was definitely one of the most memorable travel moments I had.

We got back to our hostel in Causeway Bay, recharged ourselves a little, and then went out in search for some street food and milk tea. We found a store near our area, and we got these milk teas (which tasted like those sold in Binondo) and takoyaki. While drinking, I people-watched and got amused at the women dressed up impeccably but devouring fish balls and stuff. After eating we roamed the streets.

with my bestfriend and favorite travel buddy, Alej

I like walking around because you get to see things which are not in the Top-10-Things-To-Do lists. You see a slice of their culture in every detail, every store design, every corner – and it is that way of traveling which makes yours unique.

Hong Kong street food

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