Second Day in Hong Kong 2018: The Peak and Disneyland

This is our second day in Hong Kong and the top two tourist attractions that highlighted our trip are the The Peak and Hong Kong Disneyland. I was so elated to get back. But as much as I want to frolic on rides and attractions in Disneyland again, I will only bring my office mates here for I will explore other notable places in the city which I did not visit yet. I will spend another worthy escapade with my two friends, Dayleen and Amie who are both working in the city.

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see our happy faces? we are now ready for the exciting ride at The Tram

Since I was the one who organized this trip, I was hoping that my Finance team will get the same satisfaction and happiness I gained during my recent trip here.

We woke up as early as 4:30 am to take a shower so we can beat the 6:30 am call time. Dressed in comfortable clothes and with happy faces, we were fetched by Amie at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station. Dayleen was waiting for us at Central Station. It’s good to see these cheerful ladies whom I shared happy memories in my first visit in Hong Kong. But before the anticipated getaway, we will be eating our breakfast at Cafe de Coral in Admiralty Station.

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as we were taking a leisure walk in getting to The Peak

Café de Coral 

Established in 1968, Café de Coral is the largest Chinese fast-food store in Hong Kong. It has a selection of food varieties from Western cuisines to Chinese dishes. When we got there, the queue to the counter was already long. But we did not wait for years because they have a pretty quick service. And I was impressed. Hong Kong is really used to fast-paced life. We ate fast and were glad that our bodies were fueled up for a much needed energy we will be needing for the day’s getaway.

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our yummy breakfast at Cafe de Coral

The Public Transport

As I promised to my office mates, we will be riding all known public transport in Hong Kong (except the usual taxis). We already tried the A21 bus from the airport and the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) which is the major public transport network serving Hong Kong. Now, we will be riding the Tram.

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taking photo first before we hop in the tram or Ding Ding in local

And because this is the first day that we will be exploring Hong Kong, we were like a pre-preschoolers so excited for a field trip.

Our happy touring in Hong Kong officially started.

The Hong Kong Tramways (Ding ding in local)

Though this is my second visit here, surprisingly, my heart was still filled with anticipation and excitement when we boarded the colorful double-decker bus, the Hong Kong Tram or simply “Ding Ding” in localThis is one of the oldest public transportation in Hong Kong and the cheapest at HK$2.30 only.

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I was so excited to ride in The Tram again, this time with my new travel buddies

For me, one of the best ways that I really feel Hong Kong and its culture is riding the Tram. Its been running along the Northern Coast of Hong Kong Island since 1904. Meaning, it witnessed how the old city transformed to what it is now.

We tapped our Octopus Cards and savored the 3-minute ride. Though it was fast for we hopped out to the next station, (the Cotton Tree Drive station), I felt my Hong Kong trip was already complete. Now, we will be heading to The Peak.

The Peak 

We took a leisure walk passing tall buildings and nice walkways in getting to Victoria Peak or simply The Peak. This is a “must visit” destination and one of the major tourist attractions in Hong Kong. There are two exciting things to do at The Peak. First is to take the thrill ride at the Peak Tram in getting there. Second, feast your eyes with the panoramic view of a magnificent skyline and the waterfront that will surely take your breath away.

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the windy moment at Sky Terrace 428

The Peak is the highest point in Hongkong towering in an elevation of 552 meters (1,811 feet). Visitors will surely enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Hong Kong.

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* The ride at the Peak Tram *

I did not book our tickets through Klook since its earliest schedule for the day is 11:00 am. It was too late for our next getaway. We paid for a package rate of HK$99 which includes Peak Tram Sky Pass (Return), Peak Tram (Return) and Sky Terrace 428. It was past 7:00 am and there were only few visitors were queuing at the counter.

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Dayleen and Amie were at the back, waiting to board at the Peak Tram

For me, the best and most unique ride in getting to The Peak is through the Peak Tram. As we embarked on a steep incline, it looks like the buildings were leaning. I realized, riding again in one of the oldest and most famous funicular railways still gave me a thrill. Our trip ended in upper terminus inside the Peak Tower. It is a large shopping complex located in Victoria Gap where it offers dining, shopping and entertainment events.

* The Sky Terrace *

The major attraction of the Peak Tower is the Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong which is located at the top level of the building. Its captivating wok-shaped roof is designed by British Architect Terry Farrell. It has a 360 open-air viewing deck where visitors can enjoy the panoramic vista of a stunning skyline, the surroundings islands and the harbor.

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Aside from shopping and fine-dining, other attraction to visit at the Peak Tower are MadameTussauds Hong Kong and Madness 3D Adventure. We did not get inside here as we opted to take a refreshing walk at Fool Pavilion where we enjoyed watching beautiful landscape.

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Operating Hours:

  • The Peak Tram Lower Terminus
    7:00 am to 12:00 midnight / Monday to Sunday & Public Holidays
  • Peak Tram Historical Gallery
    7:00 am to 12:00 midnight / Monday to Sunday & Public Holidays/(852) 2522 0922
  • The Peak Tower
    10:00 am to 11:00 pm / Monday to Friday
    8:00 am to 11:00 pm / Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays / (852) 2849 0668
  • Sky Terrace 428
    10:00 am to 11:00 pm / Monday to Friday
    8:00 am to 11:00 pm / Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays / (852) 2849 0668
  • Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
    10:00 am to 10:00 pm / Monday to Sunday & Public Holidays/(852) 2849 6966
  • Madness 3D Adventure
    10:00 am to 11:00 pm / Monday to Sunday & Public Holidays

The Peak:  33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland

I was so happy to set foot again in Disneyland which is dubbed as the Happiest Place on Earth”. It is owned and managed by Hong Kong International Theme Parks, the largest theme Park in Hong Kong followed by Ocean Park. It has seven theme parks namely: Main Street, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, U.S.A., Mystic Point, Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch.

can’t help but smile reminiscing my solo adventure in this theme park. Though I was alone that time, I enjoyed frolicking on rides and attractions. But there were moments I felt sad because I was wishing my family was with me. Anyway, I promised myself I will not get inside Disneyland again without them.

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Dayleen, Amie and I set out to our separate getaway for the day. And we started it at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Location: Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Next destination:  Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Ten Thousand Buddhas, Choi Hung Estate, Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery and Wong Tai Sin Temple

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Victoria Peak or The Peak is a “must visit” destination and one of the major tourist attractions in Hong Kong. What so unique about The Peak? First, you’ll be thrilled riding the Peak Tram in getting there. Second, you will be rewarded by the panoramic view of a magnificent skyline and the waterfront that will take your breath away.

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it was a downcast morning so this was the only picture I got from The Peak

Perching on an elevation of 552 meters (1,811 feet), The Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and undeniably the place where every visitors will surely enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Hong Kong.

The ride

For me, I chose the Peak Tram for I want to experience the best and most unique ride in getting to The Peak.

The Peak

The five-minute ride at the Peak Tram in getting to the Peak was short but it thrilled me much. Our trip ended in upper terminus inside the Peak Tower. It is a large shopping complex located in Victoria Gap where it offers dining, shopping and entertainment events.

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We passed by the Peak Market, a lane of souvenir shops quietly inviting visitors to drop by and shop. There was a series of escalators connecting all levels of the tower.

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The major attraction of the Peak Tower is the Sky Terrace 428, the 360 open-air viewing deck located at the top level of the building. Its distinctive stylish architecture includes the captivating wok-shaped roof designed by British Architect Terry Farrell. At 428 meters above sea level, this is where visitors can enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the harbour, the surrounding islands and the skyline.

they say you will get the best view here at Sky Terrace 360

they say you will get the best view here at Sky Terrace 428

Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm – Monday to Friday / 8:00 am to 11:00 pm – Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

Ticket price:  Adult – HK$48.00 / Children (11 and below years of age) and Senior Citizen (65 years old and above) – HK$24.00

Another attraction is Madame Tussauds, a wax museum exhibiting nearly 100 life-size wax figures of local and international known personalities which are grouped into themed settings. The museum offers visitors a unique experience to get close and have pictures taken with famous Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, Elvis Presley and Asian stars like Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan and a lot more.

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Opening Hours:  10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily

We set off to a viewing deck in one of the levels of the tower and from there, I was hooked looking at the stunning vista. But since it was a downcast morning, all my pictures were not so alive. I wish the sun will come out so I have a better picture of the view.

Just across the Peak Tower is the Peak Galleria, another shopping complex that also offers dining, shopping, a museum, tourist attraction and free-entry observatory deck on level 3. But the latter has more restaurants and boutiques. Sip your favorite coffee at Starbucks Coffee or have some scoop of your favorite ice cream at Häagen-Dazs, both located at the ground level.

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One of its major attractions is the TrickEye Museum located at the 3rd level. For those who love the mind-blowing tricky paintings and sculptures, this museum will excite you. TrickEye Museum has 50 optical illusion paintings in five different themed zones, Hong Kong Discovery, Secret Garden, World of Masterpieces, Neverland and Great Adventure.

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Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm – Monday to Sunday (All year round)

I had my best shot

After touring around, we looked for a better vantage point to see again the panoramic view. Still, there was no sun. Anyway, I had my best photo of the marvelous skyline soaring high and a breathtaking harbor which is one of the finest I’ve seen.

My sojourn to The Peak had ended. Nonetheless, I was happy and satisfied. Now, it’s time to embrace my intrepid solo adventure…in Disneyland.

Next Destination – Hong Kong Disneyland

Four ways in getting to The Peak:

* The Peak Tram – at Grand Road Terminal tram – opens from 7:00 am to 12:00 midnight-Monday to Sunday and Public Holidays. Departs every 10 to 15 minutes.

* By Bus – take the bus route no. 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus in Central. Operates daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 am – trip may take 30 to 35 minutes.

* By taxi – the shortest route may take a taxi ride from Admiralty MTR Station for about 15 to 20 minutes.

* Mini-bus – you may opt to take the green mini bus route no. 1 from MTR Hong Kong Station Public Transport Interchange.

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Our yesterday’s visit in Macau and to the prime attractions of Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong at night had been crammed with adventure. For my second day in the city, I was again so excited for I will be riding the double-deck tram and the Peak Tram. And lastly, I will be exploring Disneyland, alone. Sounds scary? It’s not! (I guess so, hehehe).

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getting ready for the exciting and enjoyable ride at the Peak Tram

Day Leen and I woke up early, took a quick shower and set out hurriedly to Shau Kei Wan MTR Station to avoid the long queue at the Peak Tram Lower Terminus. We alighted at Admiralty Station and settled for breakfast at KFC. As promised by my new friend, she will let me experience a ride in a double-deck tram right after we eat. And I was pretty much excited to the highest level.

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Double-Deck Tram 

The double-deck tram which is called by the local as Ding Ding is the cheapest and one of the earliest forms of public transport in Hong Kong (over 110 years in service). Its size was smaller compared to the regular bus in the city but it looked so cute.

while waiting for the double-deck tram to stop

while waiting for the double-deck tram to stop

 After our breakfast, we headed to Admiralty MTR Station (an intermediate stop) and boarded excitedly the double-deck tram. We tapped our Octopus Card on the processor and I smiled in delight while standing inside the tram. We alighted on next stop. It was a short ride, but I was so happy for this memorable experience.

Passengers may pay an exact fare in coins or by tapping the Octopus card. The current fare is HK#2.30 for adults, HK$1.20 for kids (below 12 years old), and HK$1.10 for senior citizens (65 and above).

The double-deck tram is also a major tourist attraction in Hong Kong and what’s so good about this? You’ll be riding an environment-friendly way of roaming around the city.

So when you are in Hong Kong try it too! It was fun!

 Our Way to The Peak

We walked all the way to The Peak Tram Lower Terminus in Garden Road to buy our ticket. Since we will not stay long at The Peak, we only bought a return ticket for HK$45. It was around 7:30 am and while waiting for the Peak Tram to set off, I grabbed the opportunity to see The Peak Tram Historical Gallery. It’s like going back in time seeing several memorabilia displayed on the glass wall and be more educated and be amazed how The Peak Tram had started, its heritage as well as the history of Hong Kong.

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have a little history of Hong Kong while waiting for the Peak Tram to set off

Time for the exciting ride!

There are four ways in getting to The Peak. But for me, I want to experience the best and most unique ride in getting there, so I chose the Peak Tram. This is one of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways which is serving Hong Kong for 120 years now! Imagine that!

Day Leen and I opted to stand at the back when the tram car slowly moved upwards on a steep slope. So steep that those buildings looked like they were leaning. The cable railway was sandwiched by a lush tropical forest. It was only a five-minute journey and before I knew it, we were in the upper terminus already.

passengers inside the Peak Tram

passengers inside the Peak Tram

For a climber like me, I was thinking, I could trek the top in thirty minutes. The ride though short thrilled me much. Kids will surely love this ride too.

the tram railway on its way to the steep slope

the tram railway on its way to the steep slope

Ticket Price: for single ride – Adult-HK$75 / Children (11 years old and below) – HK$34 / Senior Citizen (65 years old and above) – HK$34

For return ride: Adult-HK$88 / Children-HK$42 / Senior Citizen – HK$42

Next Destination – into The Peak

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