Some things don’t change. In 1888, the first cable funicular in Asia was built in Hong Kong, linking the suburbs of the ‘Hill District’ (where many British colonial officials lived). The original Peak Tram was born and its popularity soon grew. By the end of the tram’s first year, 150,000 had ridden its rails – the city’s population at the time was only 180,000. In the 1920s its coal-fired boilers were replaced by electricity ( pictured right), and it has had a few makeovers since. But one thing remains: the same vast views that visitors have been admiring for 130 years.