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📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 Hong Kong views have inspired sci-fi classics Blade Runner and The Dark Knight (image 1). Victoria Peak (552m, it's 5⁰C cooler than the city), is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and offers superlative views of the city (Images 4, 5). Three ways to reach the Peak are hiking through Aberdeen's forests, via Asia’s oldest funicular, the Peak Tram (image 3) or by the 15 bus from Central. At the top is an observatory (Image 2). Alternatively, Hong Kong’s highest observation deck, Sky 100 (sky100.com.hk), is suspended 390m above terra firma, on the 100th floor of the territory’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre (ICC, image 6) in West Kowloon, offering a 360⁰ view covering Hong Kong Island and almost all of Kowloon Peninsula. 18 floors higher on the ICC is Ozone, Ritz Carlton’s bar.
A good book to read in the bar is Days and Nights of Love and War (Días y Noches de Amor y de Guerra,1978) by exiled Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. It chronicles two decades of struggle and perseverance in Latin America, with the 1976 Argentine coup d'état as its focal point. Galeano reveals episodes of his early life such as surviving malaria, loss of faith in God, threats of military coups, dictators and censorship, as well as his experiences living amongst Indians, guerrillas, presidents and prostitutes. He defends his compatriots as well as Brazilian street children and embattled indigenous Mexicans.