From the Victoria PEAK to the OCEAN Park. Here’s my story…
The 5th day marked the day when we first crossed Victoria Harbor to HKG Island from Kowloon. Crossing the harbor since 1880, the Star Ferry ride amidst skyscrapers is said to be one of the must things to do in one’s lifetime!
See more pictures of the Star Ferry & Terminal in MY FLICKR HERE!
From the Central Ferry Terminal in HKG Island, the terminal of The Peak Tram [see pictures below] is a short stroll going up to Garden Road. Passing through HSBC Building felt so at home: Pinay OFW’s camp out [even on weekdays] on their day-off.
The tram has been amazingly preserved all through these years. Don’t be deceived by its antiquity. It goes fast for its age going up to more than 45 degrees angle to the highest peak of HKG Island. At mid-way and at its steepest, the tram stops for about 10-seconds. Quite scared at first until I thought it really do halt. For whatever purpose it was, it made the ride more exciting! By the way, get a seat on the right going up, no view on the left.
The tram stops right inside The Peak Tower, a stunning architectural landmark. To have the best experience of The Peak, we went up to the view deck of the tower called The Sky Terrace through a series of crisscrossing escalators. The viewing platform that seats at the top of the tower provides a spectacular view of Victoria Harbor. It is an envy for one who have been to HKG but have not gone to The Peak! 🙂 Buildings around the Harbor appears so tiny when they literally soar down below. Good we got there on a clear day, otherwise, we may not have enjoyed it at much as we did.
I thought going to The Peak will only take a short time from our itinerary for the day but I was wrong. There are a lot to do up there. Aside from The Peak Tower, there is another shopping mall behind it where you can spend all day if you choose to, to have a night view of the Harbor which should be equally great! Have we not planned to go the Ocean Park the same day, we could have stayed longer.
Aside from the tram, The Peak can also be reached by Bus but we opted to take the tram [again] going down to save as much time. This may be funny but its true, the tram goes down backwards and so did we! Weird but true. That was really unexpected. 🙂
See more pictures of The Peak in MY FLICKR HERE!
From the Peak Tram Terminal, we strolled down to Admiral Bus Terminal and took Bus 629 going to OCEAN PARK.
Had we known that the park is huge, more than we thought, we should gave gone earlier or even made it as the only place to go for the day. We got in to one of the two main entrances and had to take 4- long and steep escalators to reach the top.
We went straight to where the jelly fish aquarium is, being one of the latest attractions, then. Instead of trying some of the more popular and death defying rides [pass!], we opted to go for more informative and educational attractions instead. Reason: we have a kid with us. 🙂
To go to the other side of the park, which is for kids by true age and by heart, you may take the cable car or the park’s newest attraction the Ocean Express [see picture below]. Having tried cable car on our first day, we went for the Ocean Express this time. It’s a submarine inspired train, with underwater videos at the ceiling complemented with resonance of the underwater.
After going to the places we wanted to go, it was time to try some rides. Jordan lined up for the Bungee Trampoline and by the time he’s done, it was already dark and having left Amy on the other side of the park, we decided to meet her and called it a night. After all, we were already tired going around from one place to another. It’s tiring to walk from one attraction to another on a hilly terrain. There should have been shuttles inside the park, no kidding! Too bad there were a lot more to see than the time we had. 😦
By the time we went home, it was already dark and coming from the top, the night view was awesome! Ocean Park should have been a-day in our itinerary. Starving for dinner, we went back to Temple Street and tried some local cuisine of pork and eggplant. Great!
See more pictures of the Ocean Park in MY FLICKR HERE!