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Among all the places to visit in Hong Kong, one name stands out and that is Victoria Peak. The hill top is a haven for the rich and famous as well as for any discerning individual who longs for a taste of luxury.
Victoria Peak is known by several names. To the locals it is simply referred to as ‘The Peak’ or ‘Mount Austin’. It is also a famous shopping destination because it is home to several shopping malls that offer shopaholics long hours of uninterrupted shopping pleasure.
The History Behind Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is a name that has long been synonymous with the good life. Since the later part of the 10th century people have been coming to Victoria Peak as a way to escape the heat of summer. One of its very first residents was the esteemed Governor Sir Richard MacDonnell, who was assigned in Hong Kong during its British Colonization.
MacDonnell set up his summer residence in the Peak in 1868, long before the Peak Tram was opened in 1888. His move was soon followed by the wealthiest residents in Hong Kong. Today his old summer home is accessible to the public and each year receives thousands upon thousand of tourists.
The Peak Reservation Ordinance
When the Peak Tram was established, more and more people decided to take residence in the locale and it resulted in the drafting of the Peak Reservation Ordinance that lasted from 1904 to 1930. This ordinance saw to it that residential Areas in Victoria Peak were reserved only for high standing government officials and Europeans.
Modern Day Victoria Peak
Today, real estate sales are no longer dictated by race, but by wealth. It no longer matters if the buyer is foreigner or a Hong Kong local, as long as they are able to meet the price that is demanded, they are most welcome in Victoria Peak.
Victoria Peak boasts of up to 7 million visitors each year. The reason for such fame is the fact that it offers its visitors an unparalleled view of Hong Kong Harbor during the day and the sight of a glimmering Hong Kong at night.
Visitors at Victoria Peak have access to impressive shopping complexes in the form of the Peak Galleria and the Peak Tower. The most famous dining destination in Victoria Peak is the Peak Lookout restaurant located in an old building that was once the residence of the Peak Tram engineers.
Travelling to the Peak
The Peak is accessible via the Peak Tram, which has been in business for more than a century. Riding the Peak Tram is an experience in itself as passengers are offered a bird’s eye view of the landscape below it. Visitors can also take public buses or one of the green minibuses that service the Peak’s residents and tourists.
At present Victoria Peak is considered to be one of the most valuable real estate areas in the entire world. It may not be the highest peak in Hong Kong, but it is without a doubt the most famous one and a visit to Hong Kong would be incomplete without taking the 8 minute ride on the Peak Tram and taking a tour of this beautiful place.
Shenzhen is a southern region in the Guangdong province of China in Asia. It is a rich economic and business minded region and shares closes ties with Hong Kong. Despite being such a business driven region, Shenzhen is not depleted of tourist spots and scenic sites that are worth seeing. Each year this coastal region plays host to a multitude of tourists that come and visit.
Tour the World in Shenzhen
One of the most famous tourist attractions in Shenzhen is the replica park known as the Shenzhen Window to the World Park. Here visitors can marvel at the sight of the Eiffel Tower standing near a replica of Ancient Athens. The leaning tower of Pisa can also be found in this one of a kind replica park. Visit the pyramids of Egypt, the Tower of London, the famous Taj Mahal of India, Asia, the Louvre glass pyramid and so much more. Most tourists prefer to stay the entire day in the replica park just so they can take in one marvelous replica at a time.
Getting to know the Chinese Culture and History
Tourists to Shenzhen are treated to destinations such as “China Folk Culture Villages” and “Splendid China”. These destinations are made to introduce both local and foreign tourists to the beauty of the Chinese culture and its role in shaping the world.
Shekou is an exotic residential area in Shenzhen preferred by most tourists. It is home to an impressive Sea Park as well as the Minghua, which is a French vessel that has been cemented to the ground and is now a major tourist attraction.
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