Discover The Victoria Peak - Hong Kong
There are different ways to appreciate the skyline of Hong Kong, but one of the best ways is to see it from the top of a mountain. That’s why Trip Guru recommends going up Victoria Peak, Hong Kong’s highest summit, which is known to locals as just The Peak.
Because of the breath-taking panoramic views from the top, The Peak has been one of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions since the colonial era. To see this view, travelers can choose from two viewing decks: one is at the Peak Galleria, a medium-sized mall near the summit and free to the public; or the Sky Terrace of the Peak Tower, which has a HK$ 48 admission fee. Or they can even go further up to Victoria Peak Garden for an even better panorama. Yet today, it’s not only the summit that’s worth visiting. The journey itself to the top is an experience, seemingly a green escape from the crowded city below. This rings true whether riding the 120-year-old Peak Tram or when hiking up. While some locals decry the fact that The Peak has become quite commercialized—after all, there is a mall near the top—it’s still definitely worth the trip.
For those going up to The Peak, the same advice for the rest of the island applies: make sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. While it’s generally colder up at the top, there’s no need to wear extra layers of clothing. And while the viewing decks at The Peak Galleria are free, best to bring some money along for refreshments.
To get to The Peak, travelers can take the historic tram from its terminus in Central; the first trip departs at 7 am. However, lines at The Peak tram station can be very, very long; so arriving early is advised. There are also buses (Route No. 15) and minibuses (Minibus No. 1) that go up to The Peak; travelers can also take a taxi up to the top. When planning a trip to The Peak, either go early in the morning to avoid the crowds, or go at evening to see the lights. Morning is also a good time to start a trek, as there are several trails to the peak via Lung Fu Shan Country Park or via Old Peak Road. While a well-paved system of sidewalks and stairs lead up to the top, some of them snake through foliage; hence, those planning to go at night should bring along a flashlight.
What our experts tell about this experience.
Nice view of all the city! I took some really good pic of this spot...
This is a must see part of your visit to Hong Kong. It offers one of the best views of the city and you need to visit both in the daytime and night. Incredible views of the harbour and kowloon one of the most magnificent skylines in the planet that will literally take your breath away. This is the one thing that you can do that's basically free, except for the transportation up there and back.The entire Peak is covered with restaurants and shops in a very modern structure. if you can avoid weekends and public holidays
I'm sure I'll remember this place for the rest of my life. It was love at first sight with the The Peak, definitely come here. My favorite spot though has got to be the Victoria Peak Garden, because the panorama shots I got there were phenomenal. Can't wait to come back!
Victoria Peak is my favorite place to escape whenever Hong Kong’s bustling atmosphere gets to me. The distance between the two is not that drastic, but once I saw the buildings from the peak with my very own eyes, I literally thought I was not in Hong Kong. The view is best enjoyed with a friend or loved one.