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Review of Penang Hill

Penang Hill
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Owner description: Penang Hill is the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia, dated late 1700’s. The highest peak of Penang Hill stand at 833 metres (2,732ft) above sea level. Penang Hill funicular train service started on October 1923 The current funicular trains is the 4th generation system which started its operation on 24th April 2011. The funicular track stretches a distance of 1,996 metres (1.99KM) from lower to Upper Station which is the longest in Asia. Penang Hill funicular tunnel, at 79 metres (258ft) long and 10feet (3.0m) wide with a steepness of 27.9degree, is the steepest tunnel track in the world. There are a total of 52 hill bungalows located on Penang Hill (42 of them are private-owned and 10 bungalows are state-owned). Most of them are more than 100 years old and Bel Retiro (Governors Bungalows) built in1789 is the oldest. Number of visitor to Penang Hill in 2014 exceed 1.36million.
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“New and fast train”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

There were no more shopping stalls up there, you can hire 4-wheel cart for those elderlies for short rides and sightseeing. Only an Owl Museum, snake display and hands painting...

Visited October 2012
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Overrated Place of Attraction”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

Based on location, Penang Hill has potential to be just a higher place to view the whole city of Penang from afar. The local food area was dirty and a bit smelly. The going up was fine, but the going down took too long to wait. When you get up on the hill, not much attraction available. It was a waste of time.

Visited October 2012
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“Glad it is still intact.”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

It did not change much. Happy that it is well preserved. I hope it shall be this way with no new developments. You can hire a golf-cart tour, and see more. Lovely lovely views. Learn a lot from its history.

Visited May 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Try it at night”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Went there at night. I found it less crowd (means less hassle and no long queue). The night view is awesome, totally different with how it looks like in daytime.
Find a place, and you can have the night view yourself.
Lye on the square, then you can count the star.
If you like some music, grab your drink with live band music in David Brown's.

The bad side: food court and owl museum are closed.
But you can get some good food at the hill :-)

Visited October 2012
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Fuzhou, China
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“Climb up to the top of hill, Excellent!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

if you love sports,I really advice to climb up to the top of the highest hill in Penang.For me,It took 1 hour and 20 minutes,but it depends on how fast you can walk individually.Where to start?Take bus No.10 to the Botanical Garden,which is also the bus final stop.After you got into the Garden,there is a road sign and follow it,when you find a steep stairs on your left(there is no sign),just go up,the way will lead you to the top.there are 2 stations on the way,they supply free water and tea,also toilet,so no need to bring much water with you,its very convenient.the view on the way is so beautiful,monkeys and forest....fresh air.....

Visited November 2012
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