Hike to the Peak via the Mid-Levels Escalator
Hey, I'm Ryan. In this VoiceMap tour, I'm going to take you from Central Hong Kong up to and around Victoria Peak. We'll use the Mid-Levels escalator to get us started, before heading up a pretty steep section on Old Peak Road. Then we'll follow the flat ring road around the mountain, and finally head up again to the summit itself. The tour finishes at the Peak Galleria, where you can catch a bus, a taxi, or the Peak tram back down the hill.
You should be standing opposite the corner of Queen's Road Central and Cochrane Street, where the Mid-Levels escalator begins to climb uphill. We have about seven kilometers ahead of us--more than four miles.
Before we start, let me impart a quick word about riding the moving walkways and escalators. If you plan to stand in place and let the escalator carry you, it's best to stay on the right hand side so others can pass by on the left. The system also goes downhill until 10am every day. Then it goes uphill until midnight. So, if you're listening to this early in the morning, you'll need to take the stairs just off to the side.
Okay! Let's get going. The pedestrian bridge going over the street above you will lead you to the start of the escalator. Climb the stairs going up from the street now. Once you're up, you'll see the entrance to the inclined moving walkway. Get on the moving walkway. We will head uphill from there. I'll continue talking as you walk.
VoiceMap works by using your GPS to track your location and trigger relevant audio. This means that when I want to tell you something interesting, or give you directions, you'll hear my voice. There will be silence along the route, but I'll jump in as you keep walking. This means that you can put your phone away now, and enjoy the walk.
If everything is working correctly, the next audio clip should start playing near the end of the second moving walkway. However, the skyscrapers in Hong Kong can sometimes limit your view of the sky and mess with the signals from GPS satellites. So, the audio might not play at the exact spot intended. Just keep heading up the escalator. The GPS signal will improve when we reach the top.