Recently when we looked through old pictures, we realized to how many places we have been – long before we thought of or even started this blog. So, we decided to share with you once a week a place we explored in the past in our rubric “Been There Yesterdays”.
“The Peak” is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong, also known as Mount Austin from which you have a stunning view over the city – unless the smog obstructs it. With 552 meters above sea level it is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island.
We have visited “The Peak” on New Years Eve 2012 and were lucky with the weather, even though it was colder than we expected.
Riding the Peak Tram is the quickest and most scenic way to arrive but there might be quite a long line.
In the 19th century “The Peak” used to be a natural signaling post for incoming cargo ships. The more privileged early residents found it the perfect retreat from the city’s scorching summer heat. From 1904 the Peak was therefore designated an exclusive residential area only for expatriates. This practice however ended in 1947 – and now even the common people like us can visit 🙂