Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Victoria Peak, Hong KongGetting there
Bus: Bus 15 from Central, below Exchange Sq
Train: Peak Tram Lower Terminus
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The Peak Tram: Fares: adults HK$28 one way (US$3.60), HK$40 (US$5.10) return; children and seniors HK$11 (US$1.40) one way, HK$18 (US$2.30) return.Opening hours
If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times — back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous; in the post air-conditioning era, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keep them coming.
That view is also what makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. By day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening this panorama melts into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath you. And if you listen carefully enough, you can hear Asia’s world city humming below.
Victoria Peak is Hong Kong Island's highest point and a landmark of the Hong Kong skyline.
Standing at 552m, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The Peak is also one of the most visited spots by tourists in Hong Kong, and it’s not hard to see why. Sweeping views of the vibrant metropolis, verdant woods, easy but spectacular walks – all reachable in just eight minutes from Central by Hong Kong’s earliest form of transport.
The best way to reach the Peak is by the 125-year-old gravity-defying Peak Tram . Rising almost vertically above the high-rises nearby, Asia’s oldest funicular clanks its way up the hillside to finish at the Peak Tower. The lower terminus in Central has an interesting gallery that houses a replica of the earliest carriage. The Peak Galleria, adjoining the anvil-shaped Peak Tower, has an admission-free viewing deck, though its harbour views are obscured.
Some 500m to the northwest of the upper terminus, up steep Mt Austin Rd, is the site of the old governor’s summer lodge, which was burned to the ground by Japanese soldiers during WWII. The beautiful gardens still remain, however, and have been refurbished with faux-Victorian gazebos, sundials, benches and stone pillars. They are open to public.
The dappled 3.5km circuit formed by Harlech Rd on the south, just outside the Peak Lookout, and Lugard Rd on the northern slope, which it runs into, takes about 45 minutes to cover. A further 2km along Peak Rd will lead you to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Rd. Hatton Rd, reachable by Lugard or Harlech Rds, on the western slope goes all the way down to the University of Hong Kong. The 50km Hong Kong Trail also starts on the Peak.
The anvil-shaped The Peak Tower has a large viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428, in addition to dining and retail outlets. Nearby, The Peak Galleria has a free-entry observation deck, as well as shopping and dining options. More Head to Lugard Road Lookout and Lions Point View Pavilion for more stunning views. For leisurely unfolding vistas, take the 3.5-kilometre Peak Circle Walk.
The Peak Tram
Riding the Peak Tram is a visual experience in its own right — Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers slide past your window at what appear to be impossible angles as you make the ascent to The Peak on the city’s historic, funicular railway.
The Peak Tram is very popular with tourists who want to see Victoria Peak or get a bird's-eye view of the city. It carries approximately 12,000 people a day, or 4 million passengers a year, up to the top of the peak. It was first built in 1888, and it has an antique feel.
It is the quickest and most scenic way to climb the peak. As you travel the 1.4 kilometers, you can relax as you see the sights below. You can look over Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour, and Kowloon. You are recommended to take a seat on the right side of the tram, which offers a better view.
- Fares: adults HK$28 one way (US$3.60), HK$40 (US$5.10) return; children and seniors HK$11 (US$1.40) one way, HK$18 (US$2.30) return
- Hours: 7am to midnight (Mon–Sun and public holidays)
- Frequency: departs every 10 to 15 minutes
- Journey time: 8–10 minutes one way
- Distance: 1.4 kilometers
- Elevation: from 28 meters to 396 meters above sea level
- Busy times: The queues to purchase tickets and board the tram are very long in the late morning and lunch hours on Sundays and during holidays when the weather is good.
To avoid the ticket lines, use an Octopus card or buy a ticket in advance. To save time, you can choose to take a car/bus up to the Peak and then take a tram back down the mountain.
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The Peak Tower
The upper station of the Peak Tram is at the Peak Tower. It is the city's most unusual building and icon. The unique "wok" shaped tower sits at an elevation of 396 meters (1,299 feet). Viewing terraces located on different levels of the tower offer spectacular views of the Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines, including Victoria Harbour.
In level two of the Peak Tower is Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. There you can get up close and personal with your favorite stars, such as the soccer player David Beckham, the action king Jackie Chan, actor/singer Andy Lau, and many more. You will see about 100 wax figures of celebrities that look exactly like the real people.
Sky Terrace 428
Using three flights of escalators, you will go up to the Sky Terrace 428, which is Hong Kong's highest viewing platform with an elevation of 428 meters (1,404 feet).
There is a charge of HK$48 (about US$6.20) to enter it. It opens from 10am to 11pm from Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 11pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.
The Peak Galleria
Opposite the Peak Tower is the Peak Galleria. It offers a free viewing terrace on its roof and has an exciting range of shops, such as gifts shops, cafés, restaurants, bookshops, and supermarkets.
If you like walking, you can go to the Peak. It has some wonderful tranquil and mainly shaded scenic walkways.
The walk provides you with an opportunity to experience Hong Kong's lesser known but equally breathtaking natural side. You can take a leisurely stroll along one of the nature trails and relax among the lush green vegetation while enjoying a 360-degree view of Hong Kong.
Reviews by visitors
Amazing views, was quite busy and the queue for the peak tram back down was very long. Had to wait an hour or so. We paid to access the sky terrace, which is the highest 360 degree viewing terrace in HK. Given a touch screen pad with audio tour, very informative. Sadly we went on a foggy day so the view wasn't amazing. Pick a good day to visit in terms of weather so that you don't be disappointed.
Great view and orientation to the city. The cablecar ride was pleasant and included admission (and audio guide) for the rooftop viewing platform. Between the arrival point and the platform were several floors of souvenir ships and restaurants (Bubba Gump Shrimp - really?), but once getting to the top, we had a stirring view, even with a cloud bank touching the nearby peaks around us. The audio guide has a map with links from buildings to sometimes irrelevant anecdotes about them, but it was still mostly worthwhile.
One of the best views of hong kong is from the peak. Takes a long time to wait in queues and get there on holidays.. But surely worth the wait !
Enjoy the view by travelling to the Peak in the Bus and travel down in the Tram. Varieties of popular F&B shops such as Tsui Wah Restaurant (try their top 10 dishes), Tai Cheong Bakery (famous for their fresh egg tarts) and Mak's Noodles (famour Wan Tan Mee).
We took a tram ride up the hill to reach Victoria peak. The place has some breathtaking views, on one side is the harbour and other side the city. There are loads of food options from Starbucks to 7-11. Excellent tourist spot.
Take the peak Tram up to Victoria Peak. Here is shoppingcentre, restaurants and you have a fabolous view ower Hong Kong.
A tip: if there are a long queue to take the tram, then take bus 15 or 15 c to the top and the tram down, or if it's a long queue even down take the same bus. Taxis will try to get you as a customer - if you do, then bargain as good as you can before you turn into the taxi. The driver will offer you a ride for 350 HKD, but never accept more than 200HKD.
This was one of our first experience at Hongkong. We had pre purchased the tickets and had to walk gud 15 minutes from central station to Peak Tram station. The queue here was long but it took another 15 minutes to board the train. We reach the peak in about 15 minutes for so and had to go through series of escalators to reach the top. We were lucky to get a gud view inspite of being cloudy.
Tall buildings with seaview was fantastic.
For veg folks, Burger king has a option of vegetable burger though slightly expensive
Loved the view but queues were horrendous. We got a prepaid voucher going up the tram and skipped the long lines but getting home was hard as everybody came home at the same time and lines again were horrendous. We tried getting a cab but the driver refused to use a meter and asked for a ridiculous rate of HKD$800 for a trip back to jordan/nathan road. Ended up getting an uber instead. Victoria peak was nice but the lines and the crowds are discouraging especially if you have cranky kids anxious to get home.
If your able to secure a fog reduced or free day while on Hong Kong take a trip to the Peak.
From Hong Kong station you can catch a bus from station 15 (I believe the bus was 629) it costs just shy of 10HKD (about $2AUD) for the 30 minutes trip to the Peak; take exact money though as bus's don't offer change.
once up the top you will find a shopping mall, a view point and several restaurants with stunning views over the city, its far cheaper than Sky 100 and offers a totally unique perspective on the city.
This is a wonderful vantage point for most of Hong Kong. There are various locations available for different views of the Hong Kong harbour and vicinity. There is also a decent-size shopping mall available with plenty of eateries.
The tram line can be a bit long unless you go with a tour group that gets priority. The view is very good at the top, but these days there can be a lot of smog that really makes your pictures at a distance not so nice on some days. Even in March it was hazy. This is definitely worth it on a clear day.
A must visit when you are in Hong Kong to get the spectacular view of Hong Kong BUT come on a sunny or clear day. If you come during rainy or cloudy day there is high possibilities you cannot get the HKG view from above as it will be very misty up here. The tram ride is unique and there are a lot of shops up here apart from the viewing gallery.
3D trick Museum, Hard Rock Cafe, Madamme Tussauds are part of the attraction that exists at The Peak.
My first trip to HK, and it wouldn't be complete without a visit to Victoria Peak.
It was raining while we were queueing at the bottom, and there were signs warning us that there may be fog and we might not be able to see anything. However, once we were at the Peak, the sky was clear and we could have a good view of the famous Hong Kong skyline!
The tram up was crowded and we needed to queue for awhile. Try to sit on the right side(facing up) as you'll have a better view. If you really have to stand in the tram, be prepared to hold on tight as it may get quite steep on the way up.
The trip down was no different from the trip up; crowded and there was a long queue!
I'd suggest paying the Mak's noodle a visit(its the World's cheapest 1 Michelin Star restaurant) as its not crowded up here, or try the egg tarts from the Tai Cheong Bakery if you're hungry.
For a good(& free) view of the HongKong skyline, u can exit from the door nearest to the Pacific Coffee Company and walk up the footpath. It will lead you to an alternate view if you walk past the bent up the footpath.
The view from the top is beautiful. However, we went on a day where there was a bit of fog. We could still see the marvelous skyline though. But if it's rainy, cloudy or foggy you might want to reconsider the trip up here. Do take the tram though vs the bus. It's 8 minutes vs 45 minutes!
Victoria Peak is Hong Kong Island's highest point and a landmark of the Hong Kong skyline. Must visit it if you come to Hong Kong, amazing view all the day, especially at night. Also there have Madame Tussauds as well.
This place is great to visit, especially during night time, but before you wanted to go up to enjoy the view, you need to see if there is a lot of cloud covering the peak of not, you can only enjoy the night view if the sky is clear, or else you might end up disappointment.
It is also windy and temperature might drop to a bit too cold if you are not wearing any windbreaker or jacket. There is restaurant and shops here but will cost you a bomb.
First of all a big tip of you already have an Octopus card. Don't queue up with everyone else. There is a special line for octopus card holders, swipe, and you are in. We jumped around a queue of about 50 people.
Second big tip. Don't buy a combo ticket including the viewing platform and Madam Tussaurds. There are loads of free places to take in the same view. Just get out of the horrible building at the end of the tram line, turn left and walk 20 metres.
Third tip. Get out of the horrible building at the end of the tram line. It is overcrowded and unpleasant. There are loads of shops and food outlets that are practically deserted in a mall and courtyard area just behind the tram arrival building.
As for the view of Hong Kong, it's brilliant.
A view of HK harbour from any angle is an edifying experience let alone from the height of Victoria Peak. Putting you up with the skyscrapers seems to give the view a new perspective— a multidimensional view which includes the actual sound of the city itself.
This place is a must for the first time visitor.
Of course take the tram. But if you can, take the top deck of a double decker too.
It's surprisingly 'untouristy' once you're there with a variety of places to go.
The Hong Kong skyline is arguably unrivaled by any other in the world. The majestic harbor that cuts through the city and lack of bridges, provide an unparalleled spectacle of human engineering. Home to the largest amount of skyscrapers in the world, observing Hong Kong skyline (day or night) from the Peak is absolutely magnificent.
However, the price of admission to the roof of the Peak Tower is really not worth it. What most tourists don't realize, is that just a short walk from the Peak tower along Findlay Path lies the Lion's Pavilion (a free two level pagoda with exact same view of the Hong Kong skyline)! As such, a 2 minute walk can save you some $$$ and likely will not be as crowded as the roof of the Peak Tower.
The shops in the tower and galleria buildings are both typical "tourist trap" type of merchandise much of which can be had at a better cost through haggling at the markets. The restaurants cater primarily to the views, with the Peak Cafe providing a most diverse variety and of consistent quality.
Overall, a nice half-day / several hour outing if you add dinner and tram ride. Definitely side of Hong Kong worth seeing.
This is one of the extraordinary tram rides that I have ever experienced. The reason that you will go up at a very steep inclination and the concrete Hong Kong buildings will look tilted as you go up, literally at some 30 degrees or so. Don't even try experimenting standing and if you do hold a support strongly or else you can slip. The view from the peaks are good but even if you don't get much time there, the ride up and down is a must do!
I am fortunate to live here in Hong Kong, so I have easy access to this awesome and picturesque scenery , by day and by night . Take the Peak Tram ride up to the Peak Tower where you can enjoy a 360degrees view of Hong Kong, with its sky-reaching and jam-packed buildings on both sides of the harbour . Take a stroll along the pedestrian path to take a closer view . Stop by the Peak Cafe for a meal in a cosy atmosphere. There is also a shopping complex where the Madame Tussauds is housed . Do a half-day hit and run, or spend easily a full day there . The Victoria Peak is certainly not to be missed. Should you be really rushed for time, get a friend to drive you up after dinner , take a quick look, then hit Lan Kwai Fong or Soho for drinks afterwards.
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