I woke up at around six in the morning the next day, feet still hurting from the 23,000 steps I made walking around Kowloon. There was supposed to be one plan on the second day and that was Disneyland, but I convinced my friends to make a quick sidetrip to the Peak Tram.
I made my pitch about how we could see Hong Kong from the tallest building in the city and how the Tram’s ride is exciting because it elevates to a certain angle more than 45 degrees. Sure enough they gave in to my request out of pity since I was the 9th wheeler of the trip.
But it was more than the angles that I really wanted to experience, it was the history of the tram that I wanted to know. I’m fascinated by how trams worked, we had our own Tram line in Manila before the second world war and it’s a shame how it was never rebuilt.
It was an early Sunday morning when we took the train to the Peak Tram, and soon enough we saw how many Filipinos working in the city are. There were more Filipinos in the subway than locals, I thought I was in Manila for a while but then quickly realized that we don’t have such good trains.
We haven’t had our full breakfast yet because we woke up late for the Peak Tram, and so we had light snacks at the 7/11 store in the subway terminal – Onigiri was such a delight to bust the hunger for a while, it’s also quite cheap so if you’re on a tight budget, it would be a decent meal.
Early Sunday walks in the city can really be a treat, the cold weather added much comfort to our already aching body from the day before. We walked like sloths filled with Onigiri in our tummies.
On our way to the Peak Tram after the train ride, we saw the OFWs gathered at a park we had to cross to get to the Peak Tram. I was excited to see our fellow citizens, our modern-day heroes who keep the Peso afloat to be gathered on their day off. I really wanted to talk to one of them, sit down and have a chat, but we were running late and time did not permit me to do it.
Note: Watch the indie film “Sunday Beauty Queen” – it’s about OFWs in Hong Kong
When we got to the Peak Tram, only a few people got ahead of us, it’s also interesting that they had a small gallery that explains Hong Kong’s Tram line history.
And to add to that, we found out that this tourist attraction is actually an active commute line, meaning that during the tour, the Tram would stop at steep angles and locals would be hopping in the tram, how incredible and amusing is that.
I marveled at the sound the tram made when the wheels and pulleys started going, it was a machine mastered to last a century, and it truly is. The quality of maintenance was superb (Unlike our Train lines, so disappointing)
Now this is the part where I become accountable of all of this. This was my idea after all. What I forgot to do was check the weather of Hong Kong! I kept saying about all the view of the city on top, but as it turns out, it was foggy all the way up!
We were greeted by intense fog when we got up the Peak, I was so embarrassed that there was nothing to see but fog – 360 degrees of Hong Kong fog. It was so windy and the artic coldness of the wind hurts. But, since we all paid for it, I just joked around that we may be the first ones to actually see fog at the Peak, because everyone else had the same clear view, except us, we were a special batch who experienced the Peak differently.
So alright, the Peak Tram was my fault, sorry guys that you had to spend around $20 for fog, but it was still fun, it was different, and that’s what the bumpy journey is all about.