Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 1 Part 2: Lei Cheng UK Han Tomb Museum and Peak Tram

Continuation of our Day 1 Tour in Hongkong, if you want to go back to the previous article please click here. I am warning you this is a long post since I am detailing as much as I could remember for readers who would want to do their own DIY tour in Hongkong, China.

After eating lunch, we searched for a tourist spot near Sham Shui Po since we were already there. The map pointed us in a place called Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, which was less than 2km from Alpui Flea Market, we decided to ride the train and alight at Cheung Sha Wan Station (1 station away from Sham Shui Po, view HK MTR MAP). From Cheung Sha Wan Station, take Exit A and walk along Tonkin Street for approximately five minutes.

Cheung Sha Wan MTR Station

Take Exit A from Cheung Sha Wan Station and you'll arrive at Tonkin Street
I really liked that everywhere there are pigeons on the streets, I was almost about to feed them with crackers when I saw a sign that it is prohibited to feed them! haha Save by the sign :). Post boxes are still well scattered, which made me happy knowing that papers and letters are not obsolete on these parts of the world where almost everyone owns a smart phone.

Walk till you reach Poon Road, then cross it you will see a Tai Chi Park which is beside Lei Cheung Uk Han Tomb Museum. We decided to explore the park first and take a few snapshot of the place. You have to be very quiet here since this a place where a lot of senior citizen are practicing Tai Chi.

The photo was taken at Poon Road, cross this to get to Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum. Almost everywhere Hongkong streets are always full of people, busy going about their business. It amazes me also how everyone even the old people seems to be doing something. I don't see people just sitting or drinking on the side of the street, they're always doing something.

Below is the entrance for the park before Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, you can drop by and rest if you're tired or drink some hot tea you could buy on the store along side Tonkin Street. Just watch and admire the chilly breeze of March wind at Hongkong.

Entrance to the Park

Tai Chi Statue

After a few snapshots, we decided to go the Tomb Museum. Sadly the exhibit area was closed for renovation during our visit. Though we did see the tomb that they excavated, here's a little history on Lei Cheng Uk Han Museum - In 1955, when levelling a slope for the construction of resettlement villages in Lei Cheng Uk, a government work team stumbled upon a mysterious four-chamber tomb. Its inscriptions revealed it dated back to the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220) and it has since been preserved as a Declared Monument. source : Discover Hongkong

The Tomb

Entrance to Lei Cheng Uk Han Tom Museum

Peak Tram & Madame Tussauds

We availed the last show for Madame Tussauds which I guess is quite a promo we scored, you can view the rates on Madame Tussauds website. I would recommend buying this since this is 50% off, and plus having to go the last 2 hours before closing is way better than going there early in the morning were a lot of people are in the wax museum. During the last hours of the show, you get to maximize your time and take as much photo as you want of your favorite celebrities since there are less people queuing.  If you want to view the other activities in Peak Tram you can go there early and buy your ticket for Sky Terrace 428.

We weren't able to go there early and view the Sky Terrace since it was drizzling, we decided to hang out near Shanghai tower till the drizzle stops. I would suggest to buy 2 way tickets for Peak Tram using your Octopus Card since it's cheaper and easier specially if you're catching the last show of Madame Tussuads. I'll tell you below on how we got from Tsuen Wan to Peak Tram and where we purchased our tickets.

at Madame Tussauds with Nicole Kidman and Brangelina

The Beatles - my all time favorite band
thanks to my Dad's influence

Einstein and Donnie Yen - both our favorite persons

Wolverine,Hulk and Iron Man

Audrey Hepburn, Hitler, Johnny Depp and Muhammad Ali

Where to purchase :

All tickets are sold at Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus or appointed travel agents.
Peak Tram Upper Terminus (The Peak Tower) sells Peak Tram tickets (Return & Single) only.

For information on ticket prices on Peak Tram, Peak Tram Sky Pass, please click here

Peak Tram Operating Hours : 
7 am to 12 midnight(Mon - Sun & Public Holidays)
Frequency : Departs every 10 to 15 minutes

Sky Terrace 428 Opening Hours :
10 am to 11 pm(Mon - Fri) 
8 am to 11 pm(Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)

By Bus to Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus
Board the Peak Tram shuttle bus No. 15C at the Central(Near Star Ferry Pier 8) Bus Terminus.
Daily : 10:00 am to 11:40 pm(from Man Kwong Street outside Central(Pier 7) )
Daily : 10:15am to 11:55pm(from Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus)
Frequency : 15 to 20 minutes
Fare : HK$4.20

Routing Remark :
Half fare for Children under the age of 12 & Seniors aged 65 or over.
Open Top Sightseeing Bus is operated every 30 minutes approximately
Upon unavailability of Open Top Sightseeing Bus, double deck or single deck air-conditioned bus will be deployed to substitute.

By taxi to Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus
Please show to the driver ”中環花園道山頂纜車總站”
Peak Tram Lower Terminus :
33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel :(852) 2522 0922
Fax :(852) 2849 6237
Website : 
Email :

How to get there :

You may also choose to take other forms of public transportation to reach the Peak, including buses, minibuses or taxis.

By Bus
Route No. 15(First Bus) Normal
Central Pier 5 to The Peak
Daily : 10:15 am to 12:15 am(from Man Kwong Street outside Central(Pier 5))
Daily : 9:10 am to 1:00 am(from The Peak)
Frequency : 7 to 15 minutes
Fare : HK$ 9.80

Route No. 15B(First Bus)
Causeway Bay(1 King's Road inside Park Towers) to The Peak Sundays and Public
Holidays only : 12:00am - 7:00pm(from Tin Hau)
12:40am - 7:40pm(from The Peak)
Frequency : 20 minutes
Fare : HK$9.60
(Available on Sundays & Public Holidays only)

By Mini Bus
Minibus No. 1
Central(Two IFC) to The Peak
Daily : 6:30am - 12:00am (from Central)
Daily : 7:10am - 12:25am (from The Peak)
Frequency : 10-12 minutes
Fare : HK$9.20

By Taxi
Taxis are plentiful throughout Hong Kong apart from remote areas, and can be hailed on the street(except restricted areas) or summoned by phone. All are metered, relatively cheap, air-conditioned and clean.
In 1955, when levelling a slope for the construction of resettlement villages in Lei Cheng Uk, a government work team stumbled upon a mysterious four-chamber tomb. Its inscriptions revealed it dated back to the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220) and it has since been preserved as a Declared Monument.


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