Hongkong: A Typhoon, a tram and a skyline

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I’m dealing with natural disasters right now. They either follow me around like they did in Charlotte, or they precede me. The latter happened in Hong Kong. As a result, the briefing was postponed by a full 12 hours due to a typhoon – which dramatically shortened my first stay in Hong Kong.

Never mind. Better to arrive behind the typhoon than during it, right? At least I thought so and tightened up the sightseeing program a bit. Unfortunately, the nightlife in Hong Kong then fell away, no cocktails in roof-top bars or dancing the night away in clubs. But instead, I got the most spectacular view ever.

With the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak

Sunday. The first sunny day after a typhoon. Not a good idea to take the historic Hong Kong Peak Tram up Victoria Peak – unless you’re not put off by an hour and a half of waiting. On other days it should probably be better, but unfortunately we had no choice.

Riding the Peak tram in Hongkong

Still: it’s worth it. The ride on the Hong Kong Peak Tram is quite short, but in places spectacular, as it gets so steep that one rather lies on the wooden benches than sits on them. At the top, there is a big shopping and entertainment centre with an observation deck, the Sky Terrace 428, which is so called because it is 428 metres high. (Who would have thought.) It costs extra, of course, but down at the tram station you can buy a combo ticket, save a few dollars and win the most fantastic view over Hong Kong’s skyline!

Victoria Peak: Postcard view over Hong Kong

View from Victoria Peak, Hongkong

The view from the peak is magical. We spent the afternoon up there, watching the sunset and marveling at the colorful lights of the city at night. Like in a film, like on a postcard, like a photo wallpaper – that’s how surreal this view felt. And all efforts and waiting time for the ascent were forgotten.

Hongkong by night

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