Victoria Peak or The Peak (Tai Ping Shan ) is a mountain in the South-West of Hong Kong Island. It is one of the tourist destinations in Hong Kong. The Peak is the place where the richest members of the former colony live.
About six million people visit this destination every year. One can see Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, even Victoria Park, from the Peak Tower. The tower has a special “wok” shape; it is not at the top of the mountain at the center of Hong Kong Island (554 m above sea level), but at an elevation of 396 m: the architects sought a design which would be prominent on the skyline but would not interrupt the natural line of the hills. The site is in a dip along the line of the hills, and the tower’s height is restricted to 428 m above sea level, overlooking the city of Hong Kong. It is reachable by roads, the Peak Tram (a cable car on rails), and the Mid-Levels escalators (see also Transportation in Hong Kong). It is the biggest tourist attraction in Hong Kong for the spectacular views of the city and bay.
On a clear day, people can wander through forests of bamboo and fern, stunted Chinese pines, hibiscus, and vines of wonderful natural beauty. In fact, the best way to see The Peak in all its bucolic glory is by walking around Lugard Road, which is the best spot to look down at both shores of Victoria Harbor, Kowloon Peninsula and even the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and Islands district on the southern part of Hong Kong. That is a special tip for the tourists to take the best pictures of the Peak.
The Peak Tower has seven floors with a total 10,400 sq m (112,000 sq ft). There is a viewing platform on the third floor. In 1997, Peak Tower was redeveloped, with new attractions Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium and Hong Kong’s Historical Adventure. The first one is a Motion Simulator. While the latter is the first computer-operated entertainment ride in Hong Kong, and is a “train journey” through scenes of the Hong Kong’s early history. There are many restaurants and shops in it. There is Madame Tussaud’s which is London’s famous wax museum. Wax models of many world popular artisits and people such as the would famous action actor Jackie Chan are there.
Peak Explorer Motion Simulator is located in the forth floor of the Peak Tower. It has high technological machines, such as projectors, music and light machines. So, people visiting there can have a simulative, wonderful and excitive space journey.
If visitors go shopping in the Peak Tower, they can buy many kinds of high quality souvenirs in the Peak Store. They can also buy some special things, such as Chinese arts & crafts, cosmetics, photo products and books, etc at other shops.
If visitors feel hungry in the Peak Tower, they can try many Asian and Western dishes because many types of restaurants locate there. The most special food may be the Japanese-style pancakes of