An interesting alternative view of the Peak, the Star Ferry entrance prior to 2006 and a Hotel coming to the Peak soon??
It has taken a while but finally I got a decent shot of the house on the hill which is very 1970's.. it is located on Stubbs Road on the way up to the Peak and try as I might I cannot find any information on it suffice to say I am pretty sure it has appeared in a James Bond movie (it is the sort of place a Dr. No character might live)
There is a bus stop opposite the house hence the elevated image, I was in the right place at the right time, this is the first time I have been on the number 15 bus that actually stopped at this particular stop and I was ready.
I am sure the the interior is all about understated elegance (or it is all shaggy carpets and mock fireplaces) but boy does it need a lick of paint.
I got this lovely image of the Peak from Findlay Path heading towards Barker Road (where the rich people live). That is not public housing you see near the summit!
Most of you probably have no clue as to why I took this image, even old timers probably do not get it either, this is where the entrance to the Star Ferry on Hong Kong side was prior to 2006... all that remains is the taxi stand.
I will always remember racing off the ferry in a bid to get a taxi on a Saturday afternoon, also I remember fondly the SCMP bookshop, the cake shop, the newspaper vendors... it is just not the same now and locals just hate having to walk 10 minutes along the blue / white bridge (upper left on the image) to the "new" Star Ferry Pier no. 7..... ah, nostalgia.
5 minutes walk from my spot on the Peak... this is the proposed site for a Heritage Hotel! I am bit gobsmacked given that vehicle access is going to be a problem but WOW! what a view guests will have, the greatest city view in the world.
I cannot imagine that this will have more than 10 / 20 rooms given the location and I doubt our Government will allow a 30 floor Hotel at the Peak to break up the skyline but what an interesting development and if it is built I will surely stay for one night. Yahoo.
Yet another whiff of nostalgia, the blue / white building and the red brick building at the bottom / middle of this image is my old school - Island School which is located on Bowen Road in the Mid Levels on Hong Kong Island.... I started there in 1972!
oh... not a bad view either of Hong Kong and Kowloon.. I took this image on the top of the number 15 bus to the Peak at the junction of Stubbs Road and Magazine Gap Road.
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