Saturday, July 14, 2012

Zoological Park, The Peak and Night Market

The Peak, Peak Tram, Discover Hong Kong, Madam Tussads

Next on our itinerary was The Peak.

We started off the day with a visit to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Park. This is supposed to be one of the oldest zoological and botanical centers in the world. This is a nice patch of green among the tall sky scrapers of Hong Kong and one can spend some relaxing time over here. There are a number of plant, animal and birds species on view here. 

The peak is the tallest mountain on the island and offers great views of the city skyline and the harbor. The peak tram is the most popular option for reaching the top. The gradient of the route is so high that you actually feel the trees and buildings are inclined. Once at the top, there are a number of shops and restaurants. Make sure to visit the Sky Terrace 428, which is the highest 360 degree viewing gallery in Hong Kong. Tickets to the Sky Terrace can be bought as a combo ticket when buying your Peak Tram tickets. Madam Tussauds is another attraction at the top. The Lion's Pavilion is also a good view point.

Next stop was the Ladies market. There were rows and rows of shops selling all sorts of things like hand bags, T-shirts, watches, toys, footwear, etc. Bargaining is a must. We got a tip from a local that one generally bargain to get items at 50% of the quoted price.

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