Introduction to Hong Kong the Pearl of the Orient

Introduction to Hong Kong the Pearl of the Orient

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      Hong Kong, China
      3 Hours
      Moderate
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      • Aqua Luna: Enjoy one complimentary  drink as you sail across Victoria Harbor on this hand-crafted junk boat. The signature, red-sail vessel took 18 months to build, under the supervision of a 73-year-old ship builder.
      • Peak Tram: Ride up to famed  Victoria Peak on the world's steepest funicular. The 125-year-old railway travels 1,320 feet up, and creates the illusion that some of the buildings you pass are leaning at a 45-degree angle.
      • Sky Terrace 428: Check out the views from highest viewing platform in Hong Kong. At over 1,400 feet up, the vistas are far, wide, and unbelievably beautiful. 
      • Madame Tussaud's Museum: Have your picture taken with your favorite  celebrities from music, politics, motion pictures, and more. These wax figures are so lifelike, your friends will think you actually met these people.

      Meeting point

      We offer hotel pick-up from the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. Please meet in the lobby; your guide will be holding a Gray Line Tour sign. Confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up. Cruise ship guest? See our Helpful Hints.

      Helpful hints

      The tour duration of 3 hours does not include the transportation time to pick up travelers from their hotels, en route to the starting point.

      Hotel pick-up time: Approx. 4:10 pm - 5:00 pm. Daily Evening Departure. Tour will be ended upon Victoria Peak, return transfer to hotel by own arrangement.

      Due to traffic, for guests staying at hotels in Kowloon, our tour guide will escort you to ride the Aqua Luna by taking Star Ferry to Central Star Ferry Pier.

      Getting around

      You will be walking for about 2 miles, mostly over paved and uneven paths with lots of steps to climb. If you have limited mobility, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.

      Activity type

      Boat Tour, Night Life, Entertainment, Food & Wine

      Transportation used

      Air-conditioned coach

      Included amenities

      Air-conditioned coach transfer, Guided service (English supplemented by Putonghua), Auq Luna ride (1 drink included)
      Round trip tram ticket to the Victoria Peak
      Madame Tussauds HK admission ticket
      The Sky Terrace 428 admission ticket.

      Tour ID

      TR-ASA-HKG-HONG-EN-2006

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      As this is an evening tour, and given nature of activity, it may not be suitable for all younger children. Your must be 21 years of age to drink alcohol.

      Special Medical Restriction

      We regret that there is no room for wheelchairs on coaches.

      On any given day, more than 11,000 people will ride the Peak Tram up the hill to enjoy the stunning views that make Victoria Peak one of Hong Kong's most spectacular destinations. But the tram wasn't built so that 4 million people a year could take pretty pictures. It was built so that a handful of people could have it easier.

      Hong Kong's summer months can get quite steamy; the area called the Peak was high enough to receive cooling breezes. But the only way up and down was by a team of coolies carrying passengers on sedan chairs. The system was neither fast nor convenient.

      Also, hauling equipment and materials to build anything up there by hand, with no help from mechanical means, made construction at the Peak only for the most affluent people.

      With the Governor's summer residence at the Peak, Alexander Findley proposed a project to build a railway in 1881. The project was approved two years later. And construction began in September, 1885. 

      In May, 1888, the line was officially opened. And while it was essentially built for residents of the Peak, the tram carried 800 passengers the first day. 

      As for Findley, he had his motives for the venture. His partner owned a mansion right next to the Peak's upper terminal. This house would become the original Peak Hotel.

      Pirate ship

      The Aqua Luna junk you'll sail in is named "Cheung Po Tsai," literally Cheung Po the Kid, after a famous 19th century pirate who roamed the Canton coast. It's said Cheung Po once commanded 600 ships. When his partner in arms was destroyed by the imperial navy, Cheung Po surrendered and became a naval captain for the Qing dynasty. He spent the rest of his life fighting other pirates, and rose to the rank of colonel.

      Choose your date and time very carefully. This tour is non-refundable from the time of booking.

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