| Peak Galleria
Wordie, Jason (2002) Streets –
Exploring Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press, pp. 91-97.
This expansive shopping complex, very popular with
tourists and other visitors, was once the site of Peak
Mansions, a medium-sized residential block for medium-grade
expatriate civil servants. It was used as headquarters
for the Hong Kong Volunteer Defense Corps for a time
during the fighting for Hong Kong, and was also badly
damaged by shelling during that time. Renovated after
the war, Peak Mansions was repaired and resumed its
original function as government housing until it was
demolished in early 1989 and the Peak Galleria built
on the site.
In front of the shopping complex there is a splashing
cybernetic fountain, apparently one of (he 'must-be-photographed-in-front-of
locations for mainland visitors to Hong Kong, or so
it appears, given the large numbers standing and snapping
away in front of it at any hour. Most of the shops inside
are aimed straight for the tourist market, as the T-shirts
and other merchandise on offer attest. After wandering
around the Peak for a k\v hours on a hot day the Haagen-Daaz
shop on the ground floor, with its wonderful variety
of ice-creams and sorbets, is just the place to relax
for a while and cool off.