Join the grand opening party at the revamped Peak Tower, where the entertainment value has soared to new heights Victoria Peak will be abuzz for the next 12 days as the grand opening party for the redeveloped Peak Tower gets under way. Starting today, there will be entertainment galore, from drummers and singers to circus performers and stilt-walkers, and even four-metre-tall giraffes joining in the fun. The party continues until November 26. The distinctive bowl-shape look of The Peak Tower remains, but the interior has been reconfigured, increasing the volume of space for leasing and improving the traffic flow. The tower now houses a wide range of entertainment, retail and dining concepts. The escalators have been repositioned, and a glass-enclosed atrium offers spectacular views to visitors as they glide up and down through the different levels. The viewing platform has moved from Level 5 to the top of the Bowl at Level 8. The Peak Tram has a separate dedicated entrance in The Peak Tower. The brief for the multimillion-dollar Peak Tower facelift, undertaken by design firm Ronald Lu & Partners, was to create a chic, sophisticated dining, retail and entertainment experience. 'One of the main aims of The Peak Tower revitalisation was to create a fun, festive atmosphere that would attract visitors from all walks of life,' said Martyn Sawyer, group general manager of properties and clubs for Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, the owner of the site. The relocation of the viewing terrace to the tower roof, 30 metres higher than the original viewing level, means that visitors can enjoy an even more expansive 360-degree view of just about the whole of Hong Kong and the outlying islands. Enhancing the attractions of the viewing terrace is the new Sky Gallery, an arts exhibition space that showcases the city's artistic talent. On display now are 16 winning entries in a primary students' painting competition on the theme 'My View of Hong Kong'. Variety was the guiding principle in the redevelopment. The Peak Tower is now home to a host of new retail outlets, and the number of retailers has doubled from 25 to 50. EA Experience, set up by leading video game publisher Electronic Arts, is an interactive retail entertainment outlet for gamers where they can both play and purchase the latest EA games. New lifestyle brands offer a wide range of goods, from candles and cosmetics to spa products, watches and jewellery. Vendors are there to satisfy everyone, from crystal lovers to quirky collectors. Shops include luxury brand Swarovski and Hong Kong's own 80M Bus Model shop. A more local Hong Kong shopping experience is available in the new Peak Market shopping arcade, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Hong Kong vendors' alleys, such as famous Ladder Street and the night bazaar Ladies Market. Locally produced goods, souvenirs and arts and crafts are on sale. Fans of Madame Tussaud's waxworks museum will be happy to hear that the venue is bigger and better, and accommodates a bigger crowd of local celebrities who have been given the wax treatment. Interactive and audio-visual elements heighten the viewing experience. Dining, of course, is a high point in the redeveloped Peak Tower. There are four new signature restaurants: Pearl on the Peak, an Australian import; Tien Yi Chinese Restaurant, which serves contemporary Chinese; Kyo Hachi, a Japanese restaurant, and Bubba Gump, the family-friendly American seafood eatery. Those looking to grab a bite on the run can choose from seven new fast-food outlets, including a juice bar and an Italian ice cream shop. The Peak Tower developer hopes the additions and improvements will not only boost visitor numbers, but also persuade guests to hang around longer and revisit on a regular basis.