Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Trip To Taiwan 台湾: New Taipei 新台北 - Remains Of The Thirteen Levels 十三层遗址 / Shuinandong Smelter 水湳洞精炼厂 + Yin Yang Sea 阴阳海 + Golden Waterfall 黄金瀑布


Photo By: Elin Chow
Address: Ruifang District, New Taipei City 新北市瑞芳区

We started our ninth day of our 11 days 10 nights Taiwan trip in Taipei City 台北市 the next morning and set off for the old gold and copper mining town of Jinguashi 金瓜石.

Jinguashi 金瓜石

Jinguashi is a old mining town adjacent to Jiufen 九份 in Ruifang District 瑞芳区, New Taipei City 新北市, famous for its gold and copper mines. Situated between the mountains and coastline, the town was once a famous prosperous mining town during Japanese Occupation.  

Located just an hour drive away from Taipei City, Jinguashi is well-known for its exceptionally stunning nature scenery and its abundance of historical buildings and relics. An once forgotten mining town, Jinguashi is now one of the most popular tourist attraction in New Taipei City.

Remains Of The Thirteen Levels 十三层遗址/Shuinandong Smelter 水湳洞精炼厂

We arrived at a large parking lot located near the coast to get a glimpse of Remains Of The Thirteen Levels 十三层遗址 (also known as Shuinandong Smelter 水湳洞精炼厂). The Shuinandong Smelter was a copper smelting refinery built during the Japanese Occupation for refining gold and copper ores which were abundant in the area. 

The Shuinandong Smelter was also known as the  Kinkaseki Copper Mine during the Japanese Occupation where Prisoner of War were forced to labor under extreme harsh conditions.

Following the surrender of Japanese and after the restoration of Taiwan, the state-run "Mining Bureau of Gold and Copper" was established by Taiwan government in 1946, which was later renamed " The Taiwan Metal Mining Company"when the gold ore reserves was gradually depleted. Following the change, the focus of the mining in that area also shifted from gold and silver to gold, silver and copper.  

However, the gold and copper output began to decline after 1973. In order to increase the production, the company decided shifted its focus to mineral refining and processing and took up bank loans in order to build the Lile Copper Refinery in the area where Golden Waterfall is located today.

Unfortunately, the company has difficulty maintaining satisfactory profit levels as the cost of extraction and refining was simply too high. Due to a collapse in copper price, the company was unable to meet its debt obligations, which eventually led to its bankruptcy. 

The Shuinandong Smelter was abandoned when the Taiwan Metal Mining Company went out of business, marking the end of an era for the once-mighty mining industry in Jinguashi. Following the closure of the company, Jinguashi's economy eventually shifted from the mining industry to tourism. 

Even though the once-mighty mining industry have faded into history, the incredible fortress like ruins remains. The Shuinandong Smelter actually boasts one of the largest concrete pipeline ventilation system in the world. As refining of ore releases huge quantities of toxic gases into the atmosphere, the purpose of the pipelines were to carry the harmful gases over the mountains, away from the refinery and inhabited areas.

Although you can find many other remains of the mining industry in the area, the Shuinandong Smelter is certainly one that cannot be missed. Perched atop a mountain, overlooking the ocean, the complexity of the architecture is extremely fascinating.  

However, I wonder why it is named Remains Of The Thirteen Levels even though there are apparently, a total of 18 levels.

Yin Yang Sea 阴阳海

After our photo opportunity, we got back in our car and continued our drive up the curvy mountain road.







We stopped at an observation deck to view the natural phenomenon of Ying Yang Sea 阴阳海.


Ying Yang Sea is a bay where the sea is a mix of yellow and blue. The surrounding landscape and lush green mountains provide a striking contrast to the yellow-blue sea. What a splendid sight!


Over the years, locals believed that Yin Yang Sea was the result of pollution due to smelting activities in the area. However, even after Taiwan Metal Mining Company ceased its operations for more than a decade, the strange phenomenon still exists.


It was later discovered that the strange phenomenon is actually natural to the area. The geology of Jinguashi is said to contain a high amount of Pyrite (also known as Fool's god), which resulted in the formation of iron ion particles (Fe3+) that does not easily dissolve in water, thus creating the strange sight of Yin Yang Sea.

The weather was gloomy with a slight drizzle on the day we visited, hence the phenomenon was not exceptionally spectacular. Nevertheless, it was still a fascinating sight! 

Golden Waterfall 黄金瀑布

Driving further uphill, you will find one of the most unusual landmark in Jinguashi -  the Golden Waterfall 黄金瀑布. I believe almost all tourists visiting the area will include a stop at the Golden Waterfall in their itinerary


The Golden Waterfall is located near the Gold Ecological Park 黃金博物園區, beside the main road. There are no special parking bays around, so Mr Tsai have to park the vehicle along the road side.


Along the way, you will find a lot of abandoned factories and remains of the mining industry which adds a nostalgic atmosphere. But among all the remains of the mining industry that you will find in Jinguashi area, the Shuinadong Smelter is perhaps the most visible and well-known one.


Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the Golden Waterfall shine a bright yellowish brown as it contains a high level copper and iron deposits. When it rains, the rain water will seep into the old mines and carries these deposits down, turning the grassy hillside into a bright orange color.


The waterfall was not big, but it was quite attractive. If you follow the river downstream, you will realized that the water ultimately flows into Yin Yang Sea. 


I feel so tempted to touch the golden rocks but I did not dare to. The rocks and water are highly toxic because it contains a high amount of dissolved Pyrite, which could result in the formation of Sulfuric acid. The toxicity in the water is said to make it unsafe even for touching.


Surprisingly, the area around the waterfall was not crowded. In fact, we were the only group of visitors visiting the waterfall at that time - perhaps because we visited it early on a weekday morning. 



Thus, we get enjoy uninterrupted photo taking time without having to wait for other visitors to walk pass first before proceeding to take pictures. It felt as though we had the entire place to ourselves!


The natural beauty of the waterfall also makes it a popular spot for wedding photography. 



As you go further up the mountains, there are many scenic spots where you can stop to take pictures or simply enjoy the view. Apparently, the higher you go, the better the view.


Named an UNESCO World's Heritage Site in 2002, Jinguashi is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the fresh amazingly fresh air while surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The surrounding mountains offers some of the most untouched and beautiful scenery in Taiwan. I would certainly recommend anyone to include a visit to Jinguashi area if you are in the area.

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan! You might also want to check My Wanderlust page for some of my other travel adventures.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Trip To Hong Kong 香港: Victoria Harbour 维多利亚港 + Symphony of Light 幻彩詠香江


Photo By: Elin Chow

Leaving Victoria Peak / The Peak 太平山, we headed to Victoria Harbour 维多利亚港 next to watch the Symphony of Lights show held nightly at 8 pm. 

Victoria Harbour 维多利亚港

Victoria Harbour (previously known as Hong Kong Harbour) is a natural landform harbor situated between Hong Kong island and Kowloon 九龙 Hong Kong. It is the largest trading port in Hong Kong due to its deep waters and strategic location on the South China Sea, Victoria Harbour is known to be one of the busiest port in the world.

A major tourist attraction in Hong Kong, the harbor is well-known for its dramatic panoramic night view and skyline.

There are many places to view the magnificent Hong Kong's skyline. However, the best place to enjoy the view will be from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade 尖沙咀海濱花園, which looks directly at the Hong Kong's skyline across the Victoria Harbour. 

We headed to Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront 尖沙咀東海濱平台花園 located at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. The Waterfront is a popular gathering place for both locals and international tourists as it offers a great view over the harbour and skyline.

Besides Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, a ride on the Star Ferry is another popular way to view the beautiful harbour and cityscapes. Founded in 1888, the Star Ferry is a passenger ferry service operator that carry passengers across Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong island and Kowloon.

Ferries generally run every 10 to 15 minutes. departing from Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wanchai. However, I would recommend the Tsim Sha Tsui  - Central route in order to enjoy the spectacular view of Hong Kong's stunning skyline.

Price for a one way crossing is amazingly cheap - upper deck seats (adult) costs HKD 2.50 on weekdays and HKD 3.40 on weekend while the lower deck (adult) costs HKD 2.00 on weekdays and HKD 2.80 on weekends. The tickets are payable with Octopus card, cash or by onsite vending machine. For more information on the Star Ferry, please refer to its official website

The East Waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade offers a stunning and unobstructed panoramic view of the Central area of Hong Kong across Victoria Harbour. 

It is an attractively scenic place for couples to stroll along the harbour, hand-in-hand and take in the sights. The best time to visit will be night time when all the buildings are lit up against the darkness of night. It was a very picturesque sight!

The harbour is also famous for its annual 23 minutes fireworks display held during the second day of Chinese New Year every year. There is no admission charge and you can watch the fireworks display all along the waterfront. 

The annual Chinese New Year fireworks display is a major event in Hong Kong, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Fireworks are set aloft in conjunction with the nightly Symphony of Light show with orchestrated music and narration played on loudspeaker for the event.  

The stunning Hong Kong skyline provides a perfect backdrop for photography. Photo enthusiasts   will instantly fall in love with the magnificent view and spend most of their time busily snapping away on their camera.


The Symphony of Light 幻彩詠香江 is a nightly multimedia show organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Named the world's largest permanent light and sound show by the Guinness World Records, the Symphony of Light show is developed by the Australian firm, LaserVision, and costs approximately HKD 44 millions.

Hundreds or even thousands of tourists flock and gather at the observation area to watch the Symphony of Light show which starts at 8 pm every night, lasting about 15 minutes. We arrived at 7.30 pm in order to grab a good spot, but was surprised to find the entire area was already crowded with tourists (mainly from Mainland China). Even so, we still managed to grab a good spot on the observation area. 

At 8 pm. the show started with occasional light beams shooting from the buildings out into the dark night sky. There was music, but unfortunately, it was barely audible. We could barely hear the commentary as well. 

The show was totally unimpressive with one or two colorful light beams flashing on and off in the night sky. We did not even know the show has started because the light beams were hardly noticeable. 

Just like any other tourists, we were expecting to see something special from the light show. Most of us even have our camera ready, but was disappointed when we realized there was actually nothing spectacular about the show for us to capture.

I would say that the Symphony of Light is highly over-rated and you will certainly not miss anything if you did not get to see the show. The entire experience was absolutely underwhelming and disappointing. It was a total waste of time. 
The Symphony of Light show was certainly nothing to get excited about. In fact, I have seen much better light and sound shows in both Singapore (Wonder Full at Marina Bay Sands, OCBC Garden Rhapsody at Gardens By The Bay ) and Malaysia (The Lake Symphony at Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur). The Symphony of Light show was so boring that most of us have this "is that all" look on our face when the show ended.

I would definitely not recommend visiting the Victoria Harbor specially for the Symphony of Light show. Even so, the skyline of Hong Kong is of course, worth seeing. No trip to Hong Kong is complete without visiting the Victoria Harbor! But visit the harbor only for the magnificent cityscape view. Do not expect anything from the highly raved Symphony of Light show, or else you will be utterly disappointed!

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 3D2N Company Trip Summary + Itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 3 days in Hong Kong. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates on my 3 days adventures in Hong Kong! You might also want to check My Wanderlust page for some of my other travel adventures.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

An Interesting Comment...

YuukiGeraldSeptember 16, 2015 at 9:37 PM
Hmm , i only can say this , those people who start out from singapore and earn SGD at first point in their life or so and have capital can only survive in malaysia , those people like me , who start out with a poor family status and have NO capital , and to START OUT in malaysia , can never go anywhere in malaysia , since the pay in malaysia is so dead , and the money value is poor and drop like nobody business , now currently the rate it is almost 3.0 , from MYR to SGD , and food costing and all that all raise up , and normal employees with normal spm certificate start out with only rm 1.2k-rm1.5k with poor labour law ? and still need to own a car , house , and all that ? gotta be kidding me ... just saying .. i do hope most singaporeans get the message what i am trying to say here..
Recently, I chanced upon an interesting comment while browsing through the comment section from my "Why did I left Singapore" blog post. I am not sure why I only saw this comment now. But anyway, this is something interesting I have read and would like to write about recently.

I was wondering how many Malaysians actually agree with YuukiGerald that if you are born poor, you are destined to be poor for the rest of your life because you do not have the capital to start out and succeed in life.

When YuukiGerald specifically emphasized "START OUT", my guess is that he is probably saying that Singaporeans have the money to start out a business in Malaysia and live a comfortable life. I am not sure whether I am correct or not. But if I am, I would like clarify.

It seems that Malaysians always have the misconception that all Singaporeans are rich, when in fact, we are not. There are also many poor people in Singapore that foreigners usually do not see. Most Singaporeans might look rich because we can afford all the branded products and travels that Malaysians will find it extremely expensive. But, that is mainly due to the stronger dollars, which sadly, does not allow us to live an extravagant life in Singapore.

Is starting out a business the only way to survive and live a comfortable life in Malaysia? I believe not. Even if it is, starting a business does not actually guarantee success. I wonder why I could still survive in Malaysia when I arrived in Malaysia a few years back with not much saving or a job.

Being a Singaporean does not help a lot when I was searching for a job in Malaysia. On the other hand, I faced many challenges as a foreigner. I have to give up a lot of opportunities due to language barriers. Some employers are just not keen in hiring a foreigner. Perhaps some of you might say that at least I get the chance to be educated in Singapore. But many of you might not have know that how much I have to give up just to complete my studies.

I was not born rich, even though I must admit that I grew up in a much better environment than many others. Even so, I have work full time in the day and attend classes at night just to pay for my degree education. While people of my same age are travelling and having fun in life, I was spending most of my time in school or in office. I have to save most of my salary just to pay for my education.

So, if you are born poor, work harder in life. There are plenty of opportunities for one to go back to school and obtain a certificate. I believe it is always a choice whether a person want it or not. You can either do a part-time course or save enough to return to school.

Paper qualifications is never a key to success. Do not blame your failure for not having a diploma or degree. Indeed, having a degree helps one to climb the corporate ladder earlier and faster. But, that does not apply to everyone. Some jobs actually value work experiences more than paper qualifications.

You may start out with a 1.2K salary with a SPM certificate. Of course you cannot expect to buy a car or even a house when you just started working at the age of 17. But I believe your salary should increase after working for the same company for years. Over the years, you should save up to pay the deposit of your car. If your wage does not increase after a few years, then perhaps you should consider leaving the company and search for better opportunities.

Since you started work earlier than those who chose to pursue further studies, you would have gain much more work experiences than others. I believe this will help you to secure a higher paying job if you decide to search for a new one.

In Singapore, you are lucky to be able to earn SGD 1.2K with just an 'O' levels certificate (equivalent to SPM) After CPF deduction, you will probably left with SGD 1K to take home. Please tell me how are you going to own a car or house in Singapore. I bet you will trouble feeding yourself too.

Someone will then tell me that for Malaysians, there is no need for you to deduct CPF. To save rent, you can travel back and fro Singapore and Malaysia. So, if we earn SGD 1.2K, we might be able to take home SGD 800 (minus all the daily expenses), which is equivalent to MYR 2.4K.

Is it worth it? The time you spent on travelling, is it worth it? You are only left with 5 hours to eat, bathe, sleep and spend with your loved ones. Money can never buy back the time you have lost? I find it not worth just to earn slightly more than what you will be earning in Malaysia.

Furthermore, I do not understand why Malaysians are always converting MYR to SGD. Are you earning MYR and living in Singapore now? If not, I do not see how the conversion rate affects you since you are living in Malaysia. If you are earning SGD and living in Malaysia, then you should be happy for the extra income, but sad for the time you have lost.

There is inflation in Singapore too. Cost of basic necessities are rising while the wages remain stagnant. Furthermore, we have to face so much competitions from both the locals and foreigners, which further depressed the wages in Singapore.

Talk about housing. I could not afford a house too. It is not easy to own a property in Singapore. Whether you are born in Singapore or Malaysia, everyone has to work hard to afford one, unless you are born rich. I have to work my ass off for the next 30 years to pay off my housing debt. 

So, it is time for people to stop complaining and making excuses for their failure. There are many Singaporeans and Malaysians who are also born poor, but make the effort and work hard to achieve great things in life. If you are not motivated to make changes and achieve, then no one will be able to help you. It is not a matter whether you are born in Singapore or Malaysia. It is whether you are making effort to change or not. No one is destined to be poor forever, unless you want to be.

I am not trying to sarcastic, but rather just expressing my 2-cents worth of opinion. Feel free to comment and let me know about your thoughts too.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Trip To Hong Kong 香港: Victoria Peak / The Peak 太平山 + Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Hong Kong 香港杜莎夫人蜡像馆

Photo By: Elin Chow
Official Website: Victoria Peak 太平山

Continuing from my 3 days 2 nights company trip to Hong Kong, we visited the Peak right upon our arrival in Hong Kong.

Victoria Peak / The Peak 太平山

Victoria Peak (also known as Mount Austin or The Peak) 太平山 is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island. Offering spectacular views over Central 中环, Victoria Harbour 维多利亚港 and the surrounding island, the Peak is a major tourist attraction and a must visit destination in Hong Kong, welcoming over seven million visitors a year. 

There are several ways to get up to the Peak. But we were told that the most quickest and scenic way to reach the Peak is to take a ride on the Peak Tram 山顶缆车, a 120 year old funicular railway that departs from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus 山顶缆车总站 on Garden Road.  

How To Get To Peak Tram Lower Terminus

You can easily reach the Lower Terminus on foot from Central MTR Station 中环站 within a 15 minutes walk. From Central MTR, take Exit J2, which leads to Chater Garden 遮打花园 where you will find the Bank of China Tower. From Bank of China, follow Garden Road 花园道 uphill to the Terminus.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi or catch Bus No. 15C from the Star Ferry Central Pier 中环天星码头. Travelling by bus is the most convenient and cheapest way to get to the Peak Lower Terminus. Bus services operate daily from 10.00 am to 11.40 pm. The journey takes about 15 minutes and cost just HKD 4.20 for a single ticket.

Peak Tram Ticket 

Single and return ticket are available. Prices of the ticket are as below:

Types of Ticket
Single
Return
Adult
HKD 28
HKD 40
Child (aged 3 – 11)
Senior (aged 65 or above)
HKD 18
HKD 11

Octopus cards are accepted for the Peak Tram, which will help you to avoid the long queue at the ticketing counter. 

Operating Hours

The Peak Tram operates from 7.00 am to midnight daily, departing every 10-15 minutes from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road.


Opening in 1888, the Peak Tram was the first cable funicular in Asia, which carries both tourists and residents to the peak of The Peak. It was initially used only for the governor of Hong Kong and residents of the Peak, but today it can be enjoyed by all visitors.

As the Peak Tram is the most popular way of getting to the Peak, do expect massive crowds, especially on weekends and public holidays. The Lower Terminus was insanely crowded with hundreds or even thousands locals and international tourists (mostly from Mainland China) who might have queued for hours to get on the Tram.  

During peak hours, you are expected to wait at least 2 hours for a short 7 minutes ride. Thus, it is best to avoid visiting on a weekend or public holiday. I would suggest visiting early on a weekday for a better experience.


But luckily, we were given priority access as a tour group. Even so, we still have to wait for 20 minutes just to get on the tram. Of course, I would certainly never pay HKD 28 and wait 2 hours for just a 7 minutes long ride. That will be such a huge waste of time.


There was no railing at the platform and I was worried that someone behind will accidentally push me off into the tracks. When the tram finally arrived, there was a lot of pushing and shoving. There was no proper crowd control and everyone around us was trying to push their way into the tram so they can get a seat. It was incredibly annoying. 

Once you are in the tram, try to grab a seat on the right side, which will offer you the best view. Please note that due to safety reasons, baby strollers are not allowed on the tram. So make sure the baby stroller is fully folded before you get on the tram. 







The ride uphill is very steep, practically 45 degree, so it can be extremely uncomfortable. Be prepared that you will be pressed into the old wooden benches of the Peak Tram. For those who are standing, please hold on tightly to the rails or handlebars to prevent falls.

But do not worry as the tram is perfectly safe. No accident of any kind has ever occurred since it started its operation in 1888. However, the steepness makes it extremely hard for us to take a nice photo.  Furthermore, there is actually not much of a view to see as the view is often blocked by trees.

To be frank, I do not really get what is the hype about the Peak Tram. It was an unpleasant but unforgettable experience.  Definitely, the 7 minutes tram ride is not worth the wait at all and certainly, I would not recommend taking the Peak Tram to the Peak.

Other Transportation

Besides taking the Peak Tram, there are other alternatives to get to the Peak. You can either take CityBus 15 or 15B which will take you all the way up to the Peak. 

CityBus 15

For those who choose to take Bus 15, the journey will take about 40 minutes to an hour (depending on local traffic volume). The bus fare is extremely cheap, which costs HKD 9.80 per adult and half price for children. If you are unsure where to board the bus, please check out the bus 15 route online.

CityBus 15B

CityBus 15B to the Peak runs from Tin Hau MTR Station on Sundays and Public Holidays only. The journey will take about 20 minutes and costs HKD 9.60 per adult. Concessionary tickets are available for children and elderly holding identity document.  If you are unsure where to board the bus, please check out the bus 15B route online.

We took the tram up and a bus down from the Peak. Surprisingly, the view from the bus was actually much more stunning than the view from the Peak Tram. If you hate the massive crowds, I would recommend taking a bus or taxi to the Peak. 

However, if a ride on the Peak Tram is on your must do list, I would recommend taking the Peak Tram down from the Peak. The queue were usually shorter for the return journey. But still, do expect to wait for at least 30 minutes to get on a tram.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Hong Kong 香港杜莎夫人蜡像馆 

After a short 7 minutes ride, we arrived at the Upper Peak Tram Terminus located at the Peak Tower 山顶凌霄阁. Apart from the Upper Peak Tram Terminus, the Peak Tower also included several famous attractions such as the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Ripley's Believe it or Not! Odditorium. 

Our tour package includes an admission to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum located on the ground floor of the Peak Tower. Exhibiting over 100 life-size wax figures of local and international celebrities, the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is impressive with its lifelike scenes and wax models.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Hong Kong is divided into 10 different themed zones. There are actually nothing much to do except walk around and take photos with some of the famous celebrities from around the world.

If you love to have your photo taken with your favorite movie or sport stars, the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum might be a good place to visit. The Wax Museum offers visitors the unique opportunity to meet and get up close with some of the most famous Hollywood A-listers, Asian celebrities,  music superstars, TV personalities, sport stars and historical and cultural icons.

Hong Kong Glamour

In the Hong Kong Glamour zone, be prepared to meet some of the most famous celebrities such as, Bruce Lee. Lin Chi-Ling, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Lang Lang, Kelly Chan, Aaron Kwok, Andy Lau, Edward Pattinson, Louis Koo, Ethan Ruan, Huang Xiao Ming and many more.






Royal Family

Get the chance to meet with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Diana in the Royal Family zone.





Historical and National Heroes

Walking further in, we came to the Historical and National Heroes zone where you will get the chance to meet some of the world's most famous historical and political leaders and icons from the world of Science and the Arts.

Some of the famous faces featured in this zone includes  William Shakespeare, Albert Eisenstein, Charles Dickens, Xi Jinping, Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi and many others.



TV Studio

The TV Studio is equipped with a control panel, a video camera and a live video monitor.  



Visitors can even sit on the sofa and get a taste of star- studded interview with Sandra Ng on "Sparkling Club 星星同学会," a famous celebrity talk show in Hong Kong.


World Premiere

The World Premiere zone features a range of famous movie stars from the early black and white Hollywood Era to contemporary Asian film industry.

In this zone, you will be able to meet movie stars such as Marilyn Moore, Amitabh Bachchan, Leo Lai, Audrey Hepburn and many more.



Kung Fu Zone

The newly added Kung Fu zone features some of the famous Chinese Kung Fu movie stars in the world. Fans of Kung Fu movies will get the chance to practice Kung Fu with some of the biggest stars in Chinese Kung Fu movies.

Some of the most famous Kung Fu actors featured in this zone includes Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Michelle Yeoh.




K-Wave Zone

With the Korean Wave taking Hong Kong by storm, the K-Wave zone was recently added at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Hong Kong.

The K-Wave zone brings together some of South Korea biggest stars like Kim Soo Hyun, Bae Yoon Joon, TVXQ, 2PM's Nichkhun and Super Junior's Choi Siwon.









Set against the distinctive backdrop of Myeongdong Street, the K-Wave zone is known to be the first K-pop themed zone in Madame Tussauds worldwide. 




The Champions 

The Champions zone offers visitors the chance to get up close to some of the famous sporting stars in tbe world.

Some of the famous sport stars you will meet in The Champions zone include Yao Ming, David Beckham, Liu Xiang, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and many others.




Music Icons

The Music Icons zone offers visitors the chance to get on the stage and take a photo with your favorite music stars. Experience a music tour through the decades featuring legendary musical icons from around the world.

Some of the famous music icons featured in this zone include Jay Chou, Elvis Presley, Teresa Teng, Anita Mui, Leo Ku, Michael Jackson, Miriam Yeung, Leslie Cheung, Lady Gaga, Madonna and many more.





Fantasy Kingdom

The last zone featured in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Hong Kong is the Fantasy Kingdom, a world full of virtual characters and superheroes.

Some of the virtual superheroes featured in this zone include Spiderman, the Hulk, Iron Man, Astro Boy, X-Men, Doraemon and many others.






Some of the virtual characters from movies that you will also find in this zone includes Monkey King (starred by Donnie Yen), Buffalo Demon King (starred by Aaron Kwok) and White Snake Spirit.




We exited through a souvenir shop offering a wide range of souvenirs and gifts including personalized wax hands, mini look-alike figurines, 3D glass cubes and many other typical tourists souvenirs. But of course, price of souvenirs are not cheap. 

The Peak Tower 山顶凌霄阁

The Peak Tower is a leisure and shopping complex offering a wide array of entertainment, shopping and dining options.


Visitors will be able to find all sorts of products, ranging from typical tourists souvenirs such as postcards, key chains and magnets to Chinese artworks, silk, watches, fashion apparels, antiques and electronic gadgets.Most of the souvenirs and items sold at the Peak are being charged a premium price.

You will probably find many similar items selling at a much more cheaper price in other places in Hong Kong. Thus, I would not recommend doing any shopping at the Peak unless you do not have any time to shop in Hong Kong. 

From the Peak Tower, we get to enjoy a stunning view over Hong Kong's skyline.


I have the feeling that the mall is cater more to rich Mainland Chinese tourists, who seems to be more interested in shopping than enjoying the view.



Located at the top level of the Peak Tower is the Sky Terrace 428 凌霄阁摩天台428. Standing at 428 metres above sea level, the Sky Terrace 428 is the highest open-air viewing platform in Hong Kong offering a 360 degree panoramic view of Hong Kong. said to offer visitors the best view of Hong Kong. 
The admission to Sky Terrace 428 is however, not free.  Prices of ticket are as below:

Adult
HKD 48
Child (aged 3 – 11)
Senior (aged 65 and above)
HKD 24

If you are taking the Peak Tram, you might want to consider buying a combo package of Peak Tram Sky Pass (inclusive of the Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428) at a discounted price. Prices of the Peak Tram Sky Pass are as below:

Types of Ticket
Single
Return
Adult
HKD 71
HKD 83
Child (aged 3 – 11)
Senior (aged 65 and above)
HKD 33
HKD 40

Our ticket does not include an admission to the Sky Terrace 428. So, I am not sure whether it is worth to pay extra for a view that you can enjoy for free.
Operating Hours

The Sky Terrace 428 operates from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm on Monday to Friday and 8.00 am to 11.00 pm on weekends and public holidays.

Adjacent to the Peak Tower,  you will find the Peak Galleria 山顶广场 where several restaurants and shops are housed. Other than that, the Peak Galleria also serves as a bus terminal for public buses, as well as taxi stand. Located on level 3 is a free-entry observatory deck, larger than the Sky Terrace 428.

We have our company group photos taken in front of the Peak Galleria. But sadly, I did not get to visit the observation deck in the Peak Galleria due to time constraint. 


The Peak is a great place to enjoy the cool climate and have a cup of coffee. However, we spent most of our time taking photos in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. I wish we were given more time to explore the rest of the area.



A trip to Hong Kong is never complete without visiting the Peak. Undoubtedly, this is the best place to enjoy the magnificent views and skylines of Hong Kong.

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 3D2N Company Trip Summary + Itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 3 days in Hong Kong. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 3 days adventures in Hong Kong! You might also want to check My Wanderlust page for some of my other travel adventures.