Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Island
The best view over Hong Kong is from the top of Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island (554m/1818ft). The upper station of the Peak Tramway is at 397m/1303ft, and it is a steep and breathtaking ride of only eight minutes from the lower station on Garden Road (at the Murray Building, behind the Hilton Hotel) to the upper one.In clear weather a walk round the top of the hill, which takes about 2 hours, is very rewarding.
Peak Tower, the imposing upper station of the Peak Tower funicular, was designed by the British architect Terry Farrell and completed in 1995. There is also a new shopping center with shops and restaurants. From the observation terrace there is a magnificent view of Victoria and Kowloon. Above this is a restaurant: if you can, get a table at the window.
Address: 1 Lugard Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
Ripley's Believe it or Not (closed)
On the 6th floor of the Peak Tower is one of the 27 branches of Ripley's "Believe it or Not!" show, with a display of amusing and unusual (indeed almost incredible) things. A tour of the exhibits takes about half an hour, and will be of particular interest to children - and not only to children.Attraction is permanently closed.
This funicular has operated since 1888 without a single accident, making it the oldest and safest means of transport in the city. The "up" and "down" cars counterbalance each other. While the "up" cars are frequently overcrowded, the "down" are usually less full, so visitors are advised to take a taxi or minibus up to the top, and to come down by the cable-railroad - or even walk!