From the Peak to Central on foot, magnificent views from a jungle setting and see where the anonymous rich folk live
My suggested walk down from the Peak includes going along Barker Road where you can get some magnificent alternative Hong Kong views.
The popular route down from the Peak is to take the path underneath the Peak Tower which leads to Old Peak Road, this path is very steep and frankly hard work...
I think the better and more scenic way down is via Findlay Path and Chatham Path which ultimately lead to May Road, there simply get a cab down into Central (rather than trying to navigate Magazine Gap Road) going at a gentle pace (a good idea in hot and humid weather) it will take about 40 minutes or so.
You start this lovely walk after you pass the Lion View Point Pavilion which is to the left of the Peak Tower, simply keep walking
Take a left here and keep walking down, stop every now and then and hunt for snakes and spiders.
This is a really great place to take a picture of the Peak Tram. Yahoo.
Past the Tram track follow the signs and you find yourself on Barker Road (where I took the first image) you also get a pretty unusual view of the Peak Tower.
Don't be fooled by the slightly shabby exteriors of these apartment blocks, there are some seriously minted people living on Barker Road.
If I "was" rich then I would have a home like this as a weekend retreat, just lovely.. the circular building in the background is the Hopewell Centre noted for it's tacky revolving restaurant on the 62nd floor.
Make sure you stop to admire the views... I wish I had a decent telephoto lens.
A nice surprise.. a bit of colonial history - the Hospital is now "luxury" accommodation for senior Government lackeys (no surprise there)
You will now come across Chatham Path, time to head into the jungle, make sure you are prepared! bugs, snakes and spiders await you.... please note that this is quite a steep path but the effort is worth it.
Even for me there is a WOW factor as the views unfold
Government House is where all the British Governors used to live and where our Chief Executive lives, it is a splendid house and this is a great view of it....
Getting close up shots of buildings is my new "thing" just a pity I do not have a zoom lens.. this is where rich folk live
What a gorgeous colonial house, 7,800sqft and HK$240,000 per month to rent..just a bit out of reach for us but what a super summer home it would make....
We have degrees of richness in Hong Kong, these apartment blocks are for the poor rich people.. this is corporate rental territory... lot's of bankers and lawyers! I am just a tiny bit envious, I would love to live in this area.
I have always wanted to live in Century Tower... 5,100sqft and HK$198,000 per month which is still out of reach!! pity.
You have now reached May Road and you get another terrific place to take iconic pictures of the Peak Tram
I could not resist one last shot of a fancy apartment block.... anyway you have reached May Road and I would suggest that this is where you catch a taxi into Central District (say the Mandarin Oriental Hotel) .. you can keep walking down but the nearest road to May Road is Magazine Gap Road and this can be tricky to negotiate...
I think this walk down from the Peak is spectacular and you see a side to Hong Kong you would not normally see.
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