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Hong Kong’s ‘The Peak’ Not Just a Pretty View

31st August 2016

A Hong Kong holiday is not complete without a trip to Victoria Peak, or ‘The Peak’, where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Hong Kong. By day you can enjoy views of Victoria Harbour as well as far off into the distance into the New Territories. By night, watch the bright city lights sparkle beneath you.

Getting to The Peak

Half the fun of going to The Peak is getting there - on The Peak Tram, which has been running for over 120 years. Departing from Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus, the journey takes about seven minutes as it transports you up a steep 1.4km hillside to the pinnacle of Hong Kong Island where the lookout awaits. The ride is as fun as it is scenic.

The Peak Tram is the best way to get to there. The Peak Tram is the best way to get to there.

Tips

  • For great views on the way up, sit on the right hand side of the tram and watch as skyscrapers glide past.
  • Try to get on early to grab a seat or else be sure to hold on as the tram climbs the surprisingly steep incline.
  • It's best to book in advance so you can fast track the queue however still expect a short wait, especially in summer.

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What to do at the Peak

The obvious thing to do at The Peak? Admire those incredible 360 degree panoramas out over the sweeping city skyline, bays and islands that make up Hong Kong in its entirety. For the best vantage point at the top, purchase tickets to The Sky Terrace 428. The viewing platform is a whopping 428 metres above sea level. While it's easy to gaze at the view, there's more than just a pretty view to admire.

While you’re there, sit down for a bite at one of the four signature restaurants. Wildfire is a great option for woodfire pizzas with a view, while Lu Feng offers authentic Hong Kong style all-day dim sum and a range of wok-fried dishes in a 70s setting. Fujiyama Mama serves up unique and fun Japanese with a Rock & Roll vibe, and for some shrimb and American style bites, opt for Bubba Gump Shrimp.

A sunrise view from The Peak. A sunrise view from The Peak.

You can even do a bit of shopping at The Peak, with a multi-level shopping precinct where you'll find everything from small token souvenirs to exclusive luxuries and all kinds of treasures. The Peak Market has its own twist on traditional Hong Kong venues, such as Temple Street and the Ladies market, home to beautiful Chinese artworks, silks and curios. The Peak Tower is home to not only shops but also casual dining options.

The Peak is home to more than beautiful views in Hong Kong. The Peak is home to more than beautiful views.

Enjoy The Peak's views from a different angle on one of the many walking trails enveloping the area, ranging from approximately 10 minutes to an hour. Take in the scenery, wildlife and perhaps catch a glimpse of the luxury Peak residences as you wind through lush tropical forests and mountainous landscapes. A great route for extra special views is the Peak Circle Walk, which winds around the highest point on Hong Kong Island. You could also make the most of the chance to walk back down the hill from The Peak, for a longer, more scenic route back down to the cityscape.


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Written by Emma Brunott.