The Peak Hong Kong
The Peak is one of the best places to go in Hong Kong for travelers and locals alike for its breezy and green spaces.
The most enviable neighborhood of Hong Kong is set at a lofty elevation of 400 meters. It was originally popular with British colonialists due to its cooler temperatures which reminded them of home. Flash-forward to the modern-day and The Peak is still one of the best places to go in Hong Kong for travelers and locals alike for its breezy and green spaces.
Do: For the best view in the house, the Peak Tower is one of The Peak’s most enviable buildings. Not only is it home to Sky Terrace 428 which is positioned to include the best sights of Victoria Harbour, but there’s a Madame Tussauds inside, as well as countless dining and retail outlets. As one of the most stylish areas in Hong Kong, it’s the perfect place to dine on local and international cuisine with a sundowner cocktail and views of the city. The Peak Hong Kong tickets start from HK$32.
For travelers doing their Hong Kong city tour on a budget, there are a few free viewpoints to choose from. Both Lions Point View Pavilion and Lugard Road Lookout offer spectacular views without the queues of the sky deck, or you can head inside The Peak Galleria to access their free observation deck. A popular time of day to visit The Peak is sunset. By arriving at this time, visitors can see Hong Kong in daylight before watching a dreamy sunset over the island and, finally, admire a cityscape view illuminated at night.
Hiking: The Peak’s incredible cityscape views are the best in Hong Kong. From the highest vantage point, you can see out across Victoria Harbour and to the distant skyscrapers on the horizon. From this green hill surrounded by hiking trails, you’d be forgiven forgetting you were in a megacity at all. The top route for walking and hiking is the Hong Kong Trail, a 60-minute walk to The Peak taking in views of the ocean and city. For an easier stroll, the Peak Circle Walk takes just 15 minutes.
Peak Tram: Getting to The Peak Hong Kong is half the fun. The Peak Tram is a funicular railway, as well as a bright red icon for Hong Kong. Open since 1888, it transports up to 17,000 passengers a day from ground level to the top of Hong Kong Island. Not just a form of transport, it’s an excellent way to see the sights around as they slide past the window.
- On foot: you can hike up The Peak from Central, Wan Chai or Sai Ying Pun; this should take around 1-1.5 hours.
- By public transportation:
- Bus 15C from Central Pier 8
- Bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D)
- Minibus 1 from the public transport interchange at MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit E.