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No visit to Hong Kong is complete without a trip up Victoria Peak for a bird's eye view of the city, harbour, islands, and sprawl of the New Territories, so we planned our first excursion to the mountains. Before we could get to the peak, however, we had to cross Victoria Harbor via ferry. The 7-minute Star Ferry ride through the maze of floating craft from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central is by far the most scenic, dramatic and relaxing commute I have ever taken. The famous Hong Kong skyline approaches; ferry horns blare; sampans and junks, sails flying, ride alongside. Josh and I loved the Star Ferry and every time we boarded it (at least twice a day, and especially at night) was a peak experience for both of us.
From Central, we took a bus to the Garden Street Bus Terminal to board the famous cable tram to Peak Tower. Built in 1885 to great skepticism, the Peak Tram is a near vertical 15- minute ascent to the plateau beneath the summit. In fact the incline is so steep, the wooden tram's floorboards are built on an angle to make it easier for passengers to stand upright while riding.
The tram stops at Peak Tower, a dramatic structure with shops, restaurants, viewing platforms, a Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium and a Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. It was a slightly cloudy day so the view wasn't as good as we hoped, but when the skies opened for one of those Hong Kong thundershowers, we were glad we were at the Tower. After watching clouds roll in Josh and I sat out the rain by admiring the strange collection at Ripley's and posing for photos with Hong Kong's most famous son, Jackie Chan, in the wax museum.
When the rains stopped, we headed to another of Hong Kong's Must-Sees: Aberdeen Harbor. Located on the other side of the island, Aberdeen Harbour is one of the most colorful and congested bodies of water in the world. Sampans ply the waters, fishing boats, and other small craft navigate amazingly between larger ships. It is a scene that hasn't changed for hundreds of years, except that now it takes place in the shadow of modern skyscrapers. READ MORE
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