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History of Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak is an upper class residential area with shopping and dining facilities now.  But 200 hundred years ago, there lived a notorious pirate Cheung Po Tsai.  The Peak was his lookouts where he could signal his guys when a ship came into the harbour.  Peace regained only after 1810 when the pirate had accepted to be the captain of the Ching government's imperial navy.  People also believe that he hid his treasures all over HongKong and one famous place is in Cheung Chau Island called 'Cheung Po Tsai Cave'.

Anyway, in 1848, a sanatorium was built for sick soldiers.  Patients were carried up the peak by sedan chair.  However, soldiers stayed there often got diarrhea or some other infections so it's not exactly very effective.

There wasn't many people live there until around 1876 when the Peak became a popular place as a resort.  More people moved in during the next 20 years until they started to have their own police station, school and chapel.  The rich Europeans all had two, four or even eight-coolie (depends on his/her weight!) sedan chair to take them up and down the hill.

Today The Peak remains a select residential area for the wealthy, as well as a great tourist destination.




While often visited for the view the visitor should not forget that The Peak encompasses a wide range of dining options, from the casual to the sophisticated.  Within The Peak area are examples of many of Hong Kong's most authentic and distinctive styles, as well as international choices to fit all palates and budgets.

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