Somewhat offbeat attractions - Walk down from the Peak

From the Peak to Central on foot, magnificent views from a jungle setting and see where the anonymous rich folk live

 

A splendid view from Barker Road

A splendid view from Barker Road

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.

The starting point

The starting point

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

Findlay Path

Findlay Path

Take a left here and keep walking down, stop every now and then and hunt for snakes and spiders. 

Up close and personal with the Peak Tram

Up close and personal with the Peak Tram

This is a really great place to take a picture of the Peak Tram. Yahoo. 

You are now on Barker Road

You are now on Barker Road

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. 

Where rich folk live

Where rich folk live

Don't be fooled by the slightly shabby exteriors of these apartment blocks, there are some seriously minted people living on Barker Road. 

My weekend retreat

My weekend retreat

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. 

Fabulous views abound

Fabulous views abound

Make sure you stop to admire the views... I wish I had a decent telephoto lens. 

A colonial surprise every now and then

A colonial surprise every now and then

A nice surprise.. a bit of colonial history - the Hospital is now "luxury" accommodation for senior Government lackeys (no surprise there)

... and now the fun begins

... and now the fun begins

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. 

Breathtaking views

Breathtaking views

Even for me there is a WOW factor as the views unfold

Government House

Government House

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.... 

Up close and personal with a fancy apartment block

Up close and personal with a fancy apartment block

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

No. 1 Chatham Path - a gorgeous house

No. 1 Chatham Path - a gorgeous house

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.... 

Who wouldn't want to live here

Who wouldn't want to live here

Nice eh! 

The Mid Levels - where the poor rich people live

The Mid Levels - where the poor rich people live

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. 

Century Tower on May Road

Century Tower on May Road

I have always wanted to live in Century Tower... 5,100sqft and HK$198,000 per month which is still out of reach!! pity. 

May Road - the Peak Tram crossing place

May Road - the Peak Tram crossing place

You have now reached May Road and you get another terrific place to take iconic pictures of the Peak Tram

Another fancy apartment block

Another fancy apartment block

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. 


I do personal walking tours around Hong Kong, I am on the streets every day and I have a somewhat interesting perspective of this wonderful city I have called my home for 37 years. My private walking tours are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Hong Kong prior to exploring on their own and for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.

Many clients book me for their first full day in Hong Kong, they get to see the best that Hong Kong has to offer + a crash course on our wonderful public transport system and then they go exploring for the rest of their stay armed with step by step instructions and recommendations from me....

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Posted on June 3, 2013 and filed under Offbeat attractions.