Feb 3, 2012

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak in Hong Kong

A visit to Victoria Peak, or as the locals refer to it, “The Peak,” is the best introduction to the wonders of Hong Kong for first time travelers. Victoria Peak offers a bevy of restaurants and retail shops for tourists, but it’s the breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s skyline, surrounding islands, Victoria Harbour, and Central that keep visitors coming back. Here are a few quick tips for experiencing Victoria Peak!

Victoria Peak

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Should I Ride The Peak Tram?

Victoria Peak Image

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The Peak Tram is the best place to start if you’re a first time traveler to Hong Kong. The tram runs from Central district to Victoria Peak from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM everyday. Though the tram has been updated (thankfully) since its original launch over 120 years ago, the Peak Tram is the oldest form of public transportation in Hong Kong. The tram runs every 10 to 15 minutes. Try to avoid “peak” (pun intended) hours, as long lines can make an otherwise quick tram ride into a headache. Round-trip tickets cost HK$40 for adults, and HK$18 for children (3-11) and seniors (65+). One-way tickets are also available.

If you have a fear of heights, we would recommend that you buy a one-way ticket for the ride up the mountain, and take a taxi down. Victoria Peak can be accessed by bus, car, or taxi. Some visitors choose to travel to the Zoological Botanical Gardens, and walk along Old Peak Road to get to the sights and attractions at Victoria Peak. If you’re in a hurry, grab a taxi and skip the tram altogether.

Use The Trails!

Victoria Peak Photo

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From the peaceful walks, to the views at Sky Terrace 428, to the shopping, and restaurant choices, there is fun to be had for the whole family at Victoria Peak. Peak Tower is the mountain’s towering headliner, and is one of the most impressive architectural achievements in Hong Kong. Perched high atop The Peak, Peak Tower hosts retail stores, gift shops, a bevy of restaurants, and The Sky Terrace 428,  a pay-for-play viewing area that offers a 360-degree viewing platform. While you will not find a better view of Hong Kong than on the Sky Terrace 428 platform, the views from anywhere on Victoria Peak are spectacular, and the tickets to the Sky Terrace are quite expensive (HK$ 30). Instead of paying for Sky Terrace 428, make the 30 minute walk to Victoria Peak Garden, or take a 40 minute walk along the Hong Kong Trail to avoid the crowds and truly experience the magnificent scenery.

Warning: Don’t Go On a Foggy/Smoggy Day!

Victoria Peaks Photos

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Visit Victoria Peak at sunset on a clear day. We would recommend NOT buying tickets in advance, and waiting until the weather is certain. Daytime Hong Kong hosts a bevy of activity, and on a clear day you’ll see Kowloon, outlying islands, and the harbour in full force. When the sun sets, and Hong Kong fully lights up, you’ll witness an unmatched spectacle of skyscrapers and lights. Under these conditions, photo opportunities are limitless.  

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