Standing at 552 metres above sea level, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and offers the best vantage point of Hong Kong’s skyline, with its sprawling collection of audacious skyscrapers and the Victoria Harbour, arguably a view that encapsulates Hong Kong’s restlessness and energy. Ride the Peak Tram to the top if you have the time and patience to queue for it. It is a visual experience like no other, seeing the skyscrapers slide past the window at what appear to be impossible angles as the tram makes the steep ascent to The Peak.
I’ve seen some impressive cityscapes, but from up there, the sheer number of buildings and land area they occupy is staggering. The fact that you can see the green hills of the New Territories far in the background makes the view even more spectacular. When I was little, I used to imagine that each little speck of light were a human soul, and the arrival of dusk brings about their births into the world. I thought about it that day as the sky began to darken and the city started to shimmer, subtly at first, but quickly grew brighter, millions of souls coming alive.
Photos by Arnold Hozana