Friday, February 16, 2007

Peak Tram

December 21, 2006 - Hong Kong visa run. After submitting my documents for a new Taiwan visa, which didn't go as smoothly as possible since I didn't change enough money into Hong Kong dollars to pay for the visa, necessitating running around Hong Kong's financial district for 45 minutes unable to find a currency changer (something I would expect in Taiwan, but not in Hong Kong, but since this is Taiwan related, I still blame Taiwan), I had five hours to kill.

Nearby the Lippo Towers, you can take the Peak Tram up the mountain Hong Kong is mashed against. It's pretty nifty and helluv steep. I don't know if any of the lines outside the tram are an indication of how steep the grade is. Sometimes in pictures you can tell how steep terrain is by looking for things that are usually vertical or horizontal, like trees, and tell how steep the grade is by the angle it makes with the terrain. But I don't know what those lines are, or if they're horizontal. I couldn't get up that grade on bike, so it's steeper than just about any hill in San Francisco (although I never got to attempting the streets surrounding Mount Davidson).

Peak Tram terminus at the top.

Typical panoramic view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, a shot which I'm finding everyone who's visited Hong Kong and gone up the peak has. :p but not necessarily in fisheye.

iTunes soundtrack:
1. White Noise (Deadweight)
2. High (The Cure)
3. Siva (Smashing Pumpkins)
4. The Guardian's Prayer, pt. 2 (Longchen Nyingthig Monks)
5. I Like Fucking (Bikini Kill)
6. Adia (Sarah McLachlan)
7. (I Know) I'm Losing You (The Temptations)
8. Going to California (Led Zeppelin)
9. The Rhythm of the Heat (live) (Peter Gabriel)
10. Stockton Gala Days (live unplugged) (10,000 Maniacs)


joyce said...

that last one is a really cool picture! it looks like you're super high!! are you really, or is that just the fisheye effect??

keauxgeigh said...

Part of it is fisheye, but it is quite high, as I'll explain . . . :)