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Life at the Top

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper

in Hong Kong

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226448565
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226448589 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226448589.003.0006
Life at the Top

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This chapter describes touring Hong Kong and its social geography and specifically the precipitous green mountain called the Peak. The best way to scale the Peak is on the Peak Tram furnicular favored by tourists. It will whisk the person rapidly above the building level of the island, and then over a dense tangle of tropical trees and shrubs to the landing station at its summit. There is a steeply winding road, traversed by buses, taxis, and cars, and there are several small pathways to walk on. But by whatever means the Peak is tackled, it is a long climb to the top. The social topography of Hong Kong once clearly revolved around land elevation. People were distributed over the Peak, Midlevels, and the shoreline, where some lived with the sea, sometimes on Sampans.

Keywords: tours; Hong Kong; mountains; travel; Peak; tram; tourists; elevation

Chapter.  5751 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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