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15/10/2013

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower & The Peak in Hong Kong

1. The Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower

Completed in 1915, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower (an option of Hong Kong scenic spots) is all that remains of the historic Kowloon-Canton Railway Station, the Asian terminus of the Orient Express to London. The old station was demolished in 1978 and replaced with a new station in Tsim Sha Tsui East. As part of a compromise with preservationists, the historic clock tower, which was also slated for demolition, was preserved.

 

The Kowloon-Canton Railway was inaugurated in 1910, but the terminal and clock tower were not completed until 1915 because the shipment of building materials was delayed by the outbreak of the First World War. At first, only one side of the clock tower contained a clock. By 1920, however, clocks had been installed on the three remaining sides.

Constructed of red bricks and granite, the clock tower is 144 feet (44 meters) tall and is topped by a 23-foot (seven-meter) lightning rod. At one time, it was possible to climb a wooden staircase to the top of the tower for a view of Hong Kong (learn more others via Hong Kong city guide), but it is now closed for renovation, and it is questionable whether it will be reopened to the public or not.

2. The Peak

The view from The Peak is perhaps one of the worlds best views, overlooking the spectacular sky lines of Hong Kong island and Kowloon with the waters of Victoria Harbour separating the 2 pieces of land by around 1.2 kilometres.

The journey begins with The Peak Tramway (separate tip) that takes visitors to the futuristic Peak building - which looks like a huge anvil. The building contains 5 levels of shops, restaurants, entertainment precinct and lots more, however it is the view from the outdoor terrace that should not be missed for your Hong Kong tour.

Suggest going to the Terrace during daylight hours and then having a meal in one of the many eateries, or even a walk in the adjacent parkland and then returning to the Terrace to take in he spectacular night view of Hong Kong and Kowloons buildings lit up with the garish moving swish of traffic.

You will have a fantastic China travel deals in Hong Kong.

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