Hong Kong is an impressive city offering a refreshing landscape where the glassy sea, the evergreen mountains and the shimmering superstructures meet meticulously in one frame! Find out about the two unforgettable experiences in the ‘perfect’ city.
At the Victoria Peak: The Peak Tram
Victoria Peak is the highest point on the Island and the easiest, and undeniably the best, way to reach the top is by the popular Peak Tram. To experience the joy of this ride, we had to wait patiently for our turn in a long, snaking queue.
Luckily, the queue moves ahead through a historical Peak Tram gallery. Pulled by steel cables, the Peak Tram is one of the world’s oldest funicular railways since 1888. We stepped in quickly and grabbed a window seat. It was impossibly steep and we exchanged thrilled, but nervous, smiles.
The Sky Terrace
The Sky Terrace is the highest 360-degree viewing platform in Hong Kong positioned precariously at the top of the peak in the shape of a wok. It is 428 metres above sea level and the sweeping view of the city completely floored us. It was late afternoon when we checked into the Sky Terrace, aiming to witness the glittering skyline under the setting sun.
However, we had to battle the biting cold winds and a mob. With some patience, we got through and watched the city dazzle boldly right in front of our naked eyes.
At the Lantau Island: Ngong Ping Cable Car
The deservedly famous Ngong Ping Cable Car is a 25-minute ride to the Ngong Ping village, offering jaw-dropping views of the Lantau Island. Do factor in the queueing time for this one, too.
We leaped into the cable car and, as we moved higher up, everything turned tiny in a matter of minutes. Not daring to blink, we spotted little airplanes lined at the Hong Kong International airport, the intricate hiking trails on the backs of the green mountains, the terraces on the highrise urban structures and, finally, the faraway Buddha. It felt like sitting in a personal mini-aircraft with windows on all four sides and no pilot.
Tian Tan Buddha & the Tea House
It was quite a sight to watch everyone huff and puff their way up the 268 steps to get a closer look at the Buddha statue that sits on a lotus throne. Up close, the Buddha is magnificent and the surrounding views just as rewarding.
Not far from here is the Wisdom Path. A series of tall, wooden posts forming a figure of eight, representing infinity. A few shaded benches and simple Chinese serenity make it worth a detour. When all these little detours drained us, the Li-Nong Tea House came to our rescue.
Ah! the simple pleasure of sipping a pot of warm Oolong tea.
(by Niharika Arun)