PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (VICTORIA PEAK)

Victoria Peak Tower

Victoria Peak Tower

Victoria Peak is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. With an altitude of 552 m (1,811 ft), it is the highest mountain on Hong Kong island, ranked 31 in terms of altitude in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Tai Mo Shan is the highest point in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with an altitude of 957 m).

The summit is occupied by a radio telecommunications facility and is closed to the public. However, the surrounding area of public parks and high-value residential land is the area that is normally meant by the name The Peak. It is a major tourist attraction that offers views over Central, Victoria Harbour, Lamma Island and the surrounding islands.

With some seven million visitors every year, the Peak is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. It offers spectacular views of the city and its harbours. The viewing deck also has coin operated telescopes that the visitors can use to enjoy the cityscape. The number of visitors led to the construction of two major leisure and shopping centres, the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, situated adjacent to each other.

Think of a place with a spectacular view and write from that perspective. Compare how this view is different from ground level; what does perspective add/subtract from it? Are you affected adversely by high places? Write of that. Use your height to your advantage, and write what you view!

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14 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (VICTORIA PEAK)

  1. William Preston

    SMOG RINGS

    How odd:
    the mountains here
    have been here all along.
    Now, from here, the valley below
    is gone.

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    • William Preston

      This is a work in progress; already i think the title should be changed, perhaps to “Smog Screen” after the smoke screens that ships used to lay down in wartime.

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  2. From the Top

    From the top of Tokyo Tower
    A breathtaking city view awaits
    360 stand buildings as far as one sees
    On a clear day Mt. Fuji’s peak shines

    From the top of the St. Louis Arch
    The west side shows riches and beauty
    While the east view is poverty stricken
    Separated by the mighty Mississippi

    It’s one-hundred and seventy-seven steps
    To the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse
    But the view is well worth the trek
    Just watch out for wandering spirits

    The click-click-click to the very top
    Most frightened eyes focus on the peak
    While I gaze upon the surrounding beauty
    Still tensed and ready for the sudden fall

    I would love to view it all from space
    And look down on God’s greatest creation
    No other sphere has beauty like Earth
    Will I have a good view from Heaven

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  3. Fire Tower

    They climbed the spiral
    steps all the way to the
    cabin perched at the top

    It was their job to watch
    to survey the horizon for
    wisps of smoke that

    signaled fire below
    alone, isolated above
    even the hawks and eagles

    scanning in all directions
    the weighty responsibly
    settled all around them

    they could see the forest for the trees

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  4. WALENDA

    Misted wire between two points
    and short distance between two countries.
    High above the cascade and turbulent churn,
    the daredevil takes a closer walk
    talking to Jesus all the way.
    Niagara Falls, Walenda doesn’t!

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  5. Another Peak

    Mount Hood, a white triangle
    in the distance.

    Multnomah Falls dazzles
    the eye with crystal,
    cascading streams of
    water over rock.

    Mount Hood, a white triangle
    in the distance.

    Winding, winding, winding
    up to higher elevations,
    fir trees forming roads
    to guide you.

    Mount Hood, a white triangle
    in the distance.

    Then, Timberline Lodge,
    and a sudden brilliance
    of white. Walk around
    to the back. You are at
    the base of Mount Hood.
    It is August, and the mountain
    is a bear of snow. Skiers
    are in the distance, and you
    are a tiny dot on the map
    of Mount Hood.

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  6. connielpeters

    Devil’s Bridge, Sedona Arizona

    People climb up
    Looking over pines
    Red rocks
    Take pictures
    Some die

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  7. Ledgemere Beach

    A horseshoe of sand
    embraced on both sides by rocks
    sliver of heaven.

    Copyright © Hannah Gosselin 2015

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