Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hong Kong & Macau Day 2: Central Post Office & Victoria Peak

Date of Visit: 18th September 2012

Right after we came back from Stanley Market, I told Boyfie that I wanna go post office to buy stamps for the postcards I bought from Stanley Market. Boyfie said there is one general post office situated right in Connaught Place, the Central area. It is very easy to allocate for this post office cause there is a sign everywhere in Hong Kong.

Day 2 Central Post Office 01
#1: First time I went Hong Kong's post office and it was very clean, systematic and efficient.

Day 2 Central Post Office - Electronic Stamp Vending Machine
#2: You can buy the stamps directly from Electronic Stamp Vending Machine without queuing up. 

For a postcard to be sent back to Malaysia, it will cost HK$2.40 respectively. Since we were in Central area, I suggested to Boyfie that let's head up to Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island.

Day 2 Peak Tram 01
#3: Just follow the Peak tram signboard and will lead us there

Back in those colonial years, The Peak is known to be the city's most exclusive neighbourhood where only those rich and famous can visit this place. But right now, regardless the status and position, everyone including the tourists especially heading up to the Peak just to witness the world's most spectacular cityscapes. 

Day 2 Peak Tram 02
#4: There are several alternatives you can go up to The Peak and as usual, we choose to walk to the tram station instead. (For more details of the direction, please refer below of this post)

Day 2 Peak Tram 03
#5: When seeing this fountain, it indicates that finally we reach the tram station.

Day 2 Peak Tram 04
#6: Probably it was not weekend neither school holiday, we managed to buy the tram tickets within less than 5 minutes. 

Day 2 Peak Tram 11
#7: Here comes the tram without waiting for so long, unlike my first two visits. The ride is is indeed quite steep and each tram can accommodate up to 120 people. If you can act more quicker, you will might get a seat, or else, you might need to stand. 

Tips:
Choose to sit on the right-hand seat, regardless whether going up or heading down, to enjoy the most spectacular and mesmerising panoramic view.

Day 2 Peak Tram 08
#8: The anvil-shaped The Peak Tower which has a large viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428, in addition to dining and retail outlets.

Day 2 Peak Tram 06
#9: 100 years of the Peak tram

Basically, Boyfie and I visited this place just to have a very light meal just to kill some time and we had no intention to go for Sky Terrance 428, since I went up before during my maiden visit with my family. There are enormous of dining outlets within the Peak Galleria and we finally decided settled in this eatery which known as Spaghetti 360.

Day 2 Peak Tram 07
#10: A fusion restaurant which combines of both Italian and Japanese cuisines.

Day 2 Peak Tram 09
#11: At the same time, to complete my mission to write 17 pieces postcards to my friends and readers.

Day 2 Peak Tram 05
What Can You Do When In The Victoria Peak
  1. Write and send out postcards from the highest point on Hong Kong Island.
  2. Take thousand of photos with your favourite celebrities in Madame Tussauds (went twice and my blogpost HERE)
  3. Shop for souvenirs for your friends and family in Peak Market. I found that the souvenirs were reasonable and affordable, even buying from the highest top area.

Day 2 Peak Tram 10
#13: Not forgetting, do the Hong Kong Style!

How to get to Victoria Peak
There are several ways to reach this place:
  • If you like to walk just like me, from MTR Central Station and head to exit J2. Turn right, through Chater Garden, cross Queen's Road Central and make way up to Garden Road. Pass the Bank of China Tower and Citibank Plaza on the left and St John's Cathedral on the right before arriving at the terminus, which is on the left hand side. The walk to the tram station will takes roughly around 15 to 20 minutes; or
  • Take bus 15C from the lay-by outside the Star Ferry pier in Central; or
  • Bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D); or
  • Minibus 1 from MTR Hong Kong Station public transport interchange; or
  • From Central's Admiralty Station Exit B, Lippo Centre Bus Terminus and take bus 12S 
To find out the fare of the tram and admission fee, it is advisable to check their official website cause the fare will be revised annually - OFFICIAL SITE.

      7 comments:

      1. i wonder when will i get there..huuhuu..
        it'd be awesome if we had stamp vending machine here too, right ^^

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      2. nice!! veryyy good tips~ the places to sit on the tram etc..i guess it's going to be crowded on the 1st of January....including the restaurant up there...

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      3. that's a very great hong kong travel experience. i can follow u next time liao~

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      4. i love Hong Kong..
        It is been quite sometime that I since been there..
        I guess it will be another 2~3 years before I hong kong..
        BIG project coming out.. wink wink.....

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      5. Been there twice and still amazed by the scenery...and I love that postcard of the Hong Kong's street...have to get it myself the next time I'm there...

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      6. I really had good time posing with the figurines at Madame Tussauds!

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      7. wow, many amazing shots there! :D

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