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The Peak - one of the world's most stunning views
Hong Kong's Victoria Peak (The Peak) is the first place you should go to.
Firstly, it provides you with a great overview of Hong Kong and lets you experience the city's density.
Secondly, the view is simply breathtaking and something you won't forget.
Thirdly, it's not only the view but also the facilities like Madame Tussaud's and the shopping center 'Peak Galleria' that are worth a visit.
Insider Tip 1:
Try the walk around the Peak (Lugard Road; ~ 90 mins) which provides you with a bit of nature and stunning views to the West of Hong Kong Island, away from all the tourists crowding around the Peak Tower.
Insider Tip 2:
While the walk around the Peak is rather easy, you might also wanna try the steep walk (~ 20 mins) up Mt. Austin Road to Victoria Peak Garden. It's worth it ...!
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The PEAK TRAM Experience
For most visitors to Hong Kong a trip to admire the views from Victoria Peak is high on the agenda and the most famous way to do this is to ride the tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus in Central.
The famous furnicular tram has been in operation since 1888. Prior to that the only public transport option to the Peak was to be carried up in a sedan chair! In the intervening years there have been several modernisations to the original coal burning system, most recently upgrading in 1989 to a micro-processor electric drive system, however throughout its history the Peak Tram has evolved from being the most elegant way to travel to Victoria Peak into a major tourist attraction.
The highlight of the trip are the views. Obviously these continually change due to development. They still encompass the natural beauty of the Peak, but the greenery is now competing for space with hundreds of skyscrapers. The views are best enjoyed from the right hand side of the tram (both going up and down) so grab a seat on this side if possible.
People are allowed to stand if all the seats are taken. I have never done so but its quite entertaining watching people adjust their stance to compensate for the steep gradient of the track. The trams run at 10 to 15 minute intervals.
At various times of the day the queues do become quite long with up to a 45 minute wait to board. Trams start operating at 7am. I have arrived at the Lower Tram Terminus at 9am on a couple of occasions and both times there was no queue. The busiest time is late afternoon to early evening as everyone going to the Peak at this time will enjoy both day and night views.
Adult return tickets are currently HK$40.00. Children (aged 3 to 11) and Seniors (65 or over) can get a return ticket for HK$18.00.
There is a Peak Tram Sky Pass available also which combines the tram ride with entrance to the Sky Terrance view platform. Sky Passes are HK$65.00 and HK$31.00 respectively. The Sky Terrace is the highest 360 degree observation deck in Hong Kong and its an unusual building but there are other free viewing platforms close to the Upper Terminus. The final tram of the evening descends at midnight.
The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is located at the Peak Lower Terminus. This is a facinating display of memorabilia collected over 100 years and includes a replica of one of the first style of Peak Tram carriages. You can visit the Gallery for free if you have a Peak Tram ticket.
Fabulous views best seen on a clear day!
I'm not absolutely certain but I would assume that Victoria Peak and the accompanying Peak Tram ride are the number one tourist attraction in Hong Kong. I have been up to the Peak a number of times, both day and night and during different weather conditions. Based on my observations I would suggest the following to ensure you enjoy the Peak at its best.
Personally, I prefer the day views but the night views are certainly spectacular if the right conditions prevail. The weather plays a big role in terms of visability. If you are fortunate enough to spend a few days in Hong Kong then you should choose the clearest day/night possible for your trip to the Peak. However, if time is limited and you are going up to the Peak for the sole purpose of seeing the fabulous views of Hong Kong then I wouldnt bother doing so on a wet or misty evening or when there is low level cloud cover. If you cant see the bowl shaped Peak Tower from ground level then you really wont see much from the Sky Terrace viewing platform at the top.
The unusually shaped tower is a fairly recent addition to the various outside viewing platforms and there is an additional entry charge to access the Sky Terrace on top of your Peak tram ticket. Unless you are particularly interested in standing on the observation deck which I might add is still exposed to the weather, then there really isnt any need to pay extra for the privilege. You are still able to access the Peak Tower and its restaurants and shops without paying but there is an entrance fee to see the wax figures in Madame Tussauds. (I've reviewed this separately)
The outside areas around the Lion's Pavilion provide the same vista at no charge and are just a couple of minutes walk from the Peak Tram exit. If you want a "professional photo" of yourself with Hong Kong in the background, then this is where the photographers hang around.
There are a number of walking trails. I have done the Hong Kong Trail which is a one hour loop circuit. The views are great in some places but the lush vegetation which has obviously grown up over many years does obscure them at many points along the trail. It is a pleasant walk though and with much of it in the shade its certainly an enjoyable thing to do on a really hot day.
Its not surprising that late afternoon and early evening is the most popular time to visit the Peak, with many people taking the opportunity to combine both day and night views during the same visit. If you have only limited time I suggest taking the Peak tram ride from early to mid morning to avoid the longer queues that build up as the day progresses.
Victoria Peak at Night
One of the most popular sights in Hong Kong is to go up Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Island at night.
The Peak at 552m is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is also the homes of the rich of Hong Kong as real estate property gets higher the further you go up.
You can see the wonderful lights and night view of Central district of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbor and Kowloon. Many of the skyscappers are lighted up and as the ships and boats in the barbour. The photo does no justice.
It can be windy and chilly up there, so get a jsacket.
There are several ways to get up there - by road or by funicular tram.
Victoria Peak Tram
Victoria Peak Tram is one of the most popular Must Do's for visitors - over 6 million snap happy tourists have taken the 7 minute, 396m journey on the furnicular railway, built in 1888, to the top of HK island's peak for stunning views over the city and harbour.
View from the Peak
This is without a doubt, the number one holiday destination in Hong Kong, playing host to more than 6 million visitors annually. When you reach the top, you will be in total awe for the view that is infront of you. All those skyscrapers you look up to when you are standing next to them are now below you as you are very high up when on the peak. I cannot recommend this enough, its truly breathtaking!
I would also recommend going up at night as well as during the daytime, to experience the view at both the day and nighttime.
Inside the Peak Tower you will find a few restaurants, shops where you can get some souvenirs as well as some attractions that include "Ripley's Believe it or not" as well as "Madame Tussauds".
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Views from Victoria Peak
Known all over the world for its stunning views, Victoria Peak will definitely take your breath away! It should be on everyone’s list of places to pay a visit while in Hong Kong.
The panorama stretching as far as the eye can see on a clear day is just the reason why you would pay this place a visit. If you want to have a fantastic view, pay attention to the weather and make your way here on a clear day. Why not come during the evening and enjoy the stunning views of Hong Kong skyline at dark. You will definitely be happy you did. During my visit in March of 2006, the Peak Tower was under construction. According to my research, the Peak Tower was scheduled for revitalization and should be open in the summer of 2006.
While you are up at Victoria Peak, pay a visit to their shopping center where you will find restaurants, shops with all sorts of goods along with the Hard Rock Café.
The view from Victoria Peak
If you only have a few hours at your disposal in Hong Kong, take the train from the airport down to Kowloon, hop on one of the free hotel buses (the bus to the Marco Polo hotels is a good bet - and get off at the Marco Polo Hong Kong hotel which is extremely close to the Star Ferry [see separate tip]). Walk to the Star Ferry, and cross to Hong Kong Island. From there take the bus to the Peak Tram (see separate tip) and go up to the peak. The view from up the top (assuming good climatic conditions) is amazing, and even better at dusk as the lights come on. No photo or explanation can do it proper justice, you really have to see it for yourself.
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Resembling the look of a huge big wok, is the Peak Tower. Offering the most spectacular views of Hong Kong as its set high up the peak.
The tower can be reached by Bus, taxi or the peak tram.
The tower is also host to a variety of shops and cafe's all with amazing views.
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Victoria Peak and Tram
Take the tram up to Victoria Peak for spectacular views. We were there in the morning and went back the next evening for the night view which was even more breathtaking.
You can also reach Victoria Peak by bus or car but taking the century old tram is the most enjoyable. The tram departs every 15 minutes from 7am until 12midnight.
Million Dollar View (but it was free!)
You will never complete tripping in HK without watching this scenery. You can get this from the top of Victoria Peak of Hongkong Isand.
There runs the peak tram from the foot of the hill. But I don't know anything about the tram. I didn' t take it. My relative drove me up there.
So please ask other VT people about the tram.
Victoria Peak (The Peak) is located at western part of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin which many people do not aware. Victoria Peak is approximately 550 metres above sea level. It is the highest peak in Hong Kong Island.
Visitors can travel by Peak Tram which has been operating for more than one hundred years between the foothill and Victoria Peak. It takes approximately eight minutes to reach the top from the foothill. The views from The Peak over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island and Tsimshatsui in Kowloon are amazing and spectacular. It is even more spectacular at night! Today Peak Tower and Peak Galleria have been the added attractions at The Peak.
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Journey into the clouds
At 552 metres, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mt Austin and referrred to by locals as 'The Peak'. There is a communications centre built on the actual summit and it is closed to the public. 'The Peak' actually refers to the area of expensive real estate and parks that are around the summit.
In the early 19th century the European residents of Hong Kong would build their homes on the mountainside because of both the spectacular view and the cooler climate that the peak afforded them. These residences were accessed by rickshaw or sedan chairs which kept the developement to a minimum until the Peak Tram funicular was opened in 1888.
Today there is also a winding road up to the Peak tower viewing site where visitors can see panaromic views of Kowloon, Victoria Harbour and even the outer islands. This of course depends on the weather!
The Peak tower is the site of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Hong Kong.
The preferred way to ascend The Peak is still the Peak Tram or funicular. The lower terminus is at 33 Garden Road and can be reached by MTR to Central J2 exit and walk through Chater Garden, by taking a 15C bus from near the Star Ferry Pier 7 or by taxi.
Wonderful views at The Peak
At Victoria Peak the visitor can admire one of the most famous and breathtaking views of the city.
From the top you have a great view of the HK skyline and a partial view of Kowloon.
Unfortunately at that day, the weather was kind of foggy...
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The Peak Tower
At Victoria Peak you meet the Peak Tower, a modern building where you have some restaurants, many shops and great views of HK...
Beside the Peak Tower, there is even a small shopping mall. For those "shopping-like" tourists...
Anyway, enjoy your time there...
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