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9th Victoria to Peak Challenge, October 1, 2016
VTP is a 10km race that has been described as one-of-a-kind, challenging, scenic, fun and family-oriented. Run past historical sites (below) and enjoy breakfast with your family and new friends at the Peak after the race!
Start: Star Ferry
The Star Ferry traces its origins to 1880 when Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala, a Parsee cook, embarked on a new vocation and began a ferry service across Victoria Harbour with his steamboat, the Morning Star. The ferry crossing has been recognised as one of 50 places of a lifetime by The National Geographic Traveler.
The Cenotaph at Statue Square
The Cenotaph was erected in remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives in the First World War and the Second World War.
Legislative Council Building
Formerly the home of the Supreme Court until 1985, the neo-classical style Legislative Council Building was built on reclaimed land, and opened on 15 January 1912. Because of its former role, the building features a statue of “Justice,” represented by the Greek goddess, Themis, who is blindfolded and holds a scale.
Named after Sir Paul Chater, Chater Garden was developed in the 1970s on land left by the Hong Kong Cricket Club. Due to its proximity to the Legislative Council Building, the garden is a popular location for political rallies and demonstrations.
St. John’s Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral is the oldest surviving Western ecclesiastical building in Hong Kong and is believed to be the oldest Anglican place of worship in the Far East. Built in a style adopted from both the 13th-Century "Early English" and "Decorated Gothic", its construction was completed in 1849.
Peak Tram Terminal (St John’s Building)
Opened in 1888, the lower Peak Tram terminus is situated underneath the St John’s Building. This is where the famous 1.4 kilometre funicular railway starts its trek from the Central district to the Victoria Peak.
Hong Kong Park - Rawlinson House
Rawlinson House was built in the early 20th century as the home of the Deputy Commander of the British Forces in the old Victoria Barracks. The Victoria Barracks were demolished in the 1980s and redeveloped into the present Hong Kong Park. Rawlinson House is presently being used as a marriage registry.
Museum of Tea Ware & The K.S. Lo Gallery (Flagstaff House)
Built in the 1840s, Flagstaff House originally served as the office and residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong. It was converted to the Museum of Tea Ware in 1984, with a new wing, The K.S. Lo Gallery, added in 1995.
Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens
Located on the north slope of Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest zoological and botanical gardens on this planet. It houses more than 1000 species of vegetation, where most of the plants are from the tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
This Gothic inspired cathedral is an imposing building in a cruciform shape, with a tower at the intersection. Construction started in 1883 and the first services began in July 1886 under the auspices of the Apostolic Vicar Dominic Pozzoni.
Central Green Trail, Chatham Path
Central Green Trail runs adjacent to the tramline, from the Peak Tram Station on Garden Road up to Barker Road. It also features an isolated colonial-style residence on No. 1 Chatham Path, that features fireplaces in all reception rooms, ornate plaster work and soaring decorative columns.
End: Peak Tram
In 1881, Alexander Findlay Smith, who owned a hotel on the Peak, petitioned for the right to introduce a funicular railway to Hong Kong. Considered a revolutionary new form of transport in Asia then, the Peak Tram took three years to build, as much of the heavy equipment and rails had to be manually hauled uphill by workers. The current tram system was built in 1989.
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