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Let’s Enjoy A Hong Kong Trip with Sleeping Dogs (Part 3) – Central & Victoria Peak

Final part of my mini feature on touring Hong Kong tour with the 2012 open-world adventure game, Sleeping Dogs. I’ve saved the best of Hong Kong Island for this part!


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North Point

Aberdeen & Kennedy Town

Central & Victoria Peak

Once More, Our Esteemed Guide for Touring Hong Kong, Officer Wei Shen …

Sleeping Dogs Wei Shen Combat Training
“Be with you in a sec.”

Sleeping Dogs Hong Kong Trip Itinerary 3: Central & Victoria Peak

Central (中環)

Central is the business district in Hong Kong Island, but in Sleeping Dogs, it encompasses Sheung Wan, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay too. The most international and modern district of the island, some of Asia’s tallest buildings are found here. Central is also where Lan Kwai Fong, one of Hong Kong’s most famous nightlife areas, is located.

As one of the first places to be developed by the British, there are quite a few colonial-style buildings here. For tourists, the most recognizable ones are probably the Cenotaph and The Court of Final Appeal. With Central having a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment establishment, and with direct transportation to the airport starting from Central Station, the area is a must-visit for practically anyone visiting Hong Kong. One more thing, the famous Peak Tram is located at the fringe of Central. Anyone who intends to ascend Victoria Peak that way has to pass through this affluent heart of Hong Kong.

References

Hong Kong Central District from the Sea.
Classic view of Central District and Victoria Peak from the sea.
Hong Kong double-decker tram.
A double-decker tram traversing the area. This is one of the tourism symbols of Hong Kong.
Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong | Source: Wiki.lkfa

Victoria Peak (太平山or 山頂)

In my opinion, no visit to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Victoria Peak. Known as “san deang” in Cantonese, this is one of the major tourist attractions of the ex-colony and of Asia. Arguably, the view of Victoria Harbour from the Peak beats even that seen from Tsim Sha Chui.

Once the residential area of Europeans during colonial times, Victoria Peak is nowadays an assortment of public parks and very high value residential properties. The area surrounding the actual summit is also a tourist playground with many attractions, centred around the oddly shaped Peak Tower. So I’ve been told, that wok / bowl shape of Peak Tower is intentional. Capping the highest point of Hong Kong Island, the wok symbolises Hong Kong capturing the riches of the world.

References

Day view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.
Day view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.
The Peak Tram. A must-do when touring Hong Kong?
The Peak Tram. A must-do when touring Hong Kong?
The iconic Peak Tower of Hong Kong.
The iconic Peak Tower. There are various restaurants, shops, and entertainment facilities in it.

Sleeping Dogs: Central (Day)

Sleeping Dogs Wei Shen on motorcycle.
“Ready for our final day of touring Hong Kong?”
Sleeping Dogs Screenshot - Central
“You guys know what this building is. I … I don’t like to be near it. You go check it out yourself.”
Sleeping Dogs Screenshot
“No need to ask. I’ve scheduled two hours of shopping time for you.”
Sleeping Dogs Screenshot - Central
“I think the wonderful thing about touring Hong Kong is that there are so many different things to see. Would you believe we are just 30 minutes from North Point? All right, lunch now. Then … more shopping. Before we head up to San Deang.”

Sleeping Dogs: Victoria Peak

Sleeping Dogs Central Screenshot
“Weather seems good.”
Sleeping Dogs Screenshot - Drive to Victoria Peak.
“I know, I know. I spoke too soon.”
Sleeping Dogs Screenshot - Victoria Peak
“Quickly! Over there.”
Sleeping Dogs Screenshot - Victoria Peak.
“You’re lucky. It’s a drizzle, again. So, how you find the view? Up to your expectations?”
Sleeping Dogs Screenshot - Victoria Peak.
“I think it’s one of the loveliest in the world.”
Sleeping Dogs Screenshot - Victoria Peak.
“You want a picture of me?! Fine … Just do it and we can return to Central for dinner.”

Sleeping Dogs: Central (Night)

Sleeping Dogs Screenshot
“Hong Kong travel tip for you. The view from The Peak is awesome. But so are the ones on your way up and down.”
Touring Hong Kong with Sleeping Dogs
“We’ll have dinner here before heading over to our final program for this tour.”
Sleeping Dogs Karaoke
“Yeah!! Let the real action begin!”

More References

The Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong.
The Court of Final Appeal. | Source: Baycrest
Victoria Harbour viewed from The Peak.
Victoria Harbour viewed from The Peak. © Lakhesis | Dreamstime.com – Night View Of Hong Kong Skyline And Victoria Harbor Photo

 


With that, I conclude this mini-feature on touring Hong Kong with Sleeping Dogs.
Please consider getting a copy of Sleeping Dogs.
If you haven’t, I hope you get to visit Hong Kong someday too!


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