Penang Hill

May 2nd, 2014 § 0 comments

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Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera in Malay) is located on the island of Penang, within the area called Air Itam. It is about 6 km (3.7 miles) from Georgetown (Penang city). Despite the first impression one might have of Georgetown as a busy place, it is a town of leisure beneath is façade. People who live here enjoy their city and island. They frequent the parks and garden, take trips around the island and visit the many temples. Penang Hill is one of their favorite spots. As far back as 1897, people were struck by the scenic beauty and “the desirability of Penang Hill as a health resort”.

There was only one problem: getting there. Someone finally came up with the idea of building a railway to the summit. After years of labor, the line was completed. Two passenger cars mounted on tracks were attached to a thick cable, which passed through pulleys. Steam power was ruled out in favour of a Pelton wheel, propelled by water power. “An ingenious method” was the remark at the time. Everyone waited the day when the rail cars would start rolling. Unfortunately, when the day finally arrives, the water wheels failed to even spin. But, no worry, it is working well nowadays as government even made a renovation and renewed the trains. The total journey to the top of the hill takes around twenty minutes and the train may stop at other intermediate station upon request. For those that love relaxing vacation, you may book a hotel on the hill and stay for two or three days, enjoy a night view on top of the hill. It will be an excellent vacation you ever have!

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