Hong Kong: The Peak (Victoria Peak)

The Peak sign

Looking for a vantage point? The peak is the highest point on the island that offers a bird’s-eye view of Hong Kong. The quickest and popular option to reach the peak is by the Peak Tram, the 120-year-old funicular railway that departs from its terminus on Garden Road.

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram is one of Hong Kong’s oldest forms of transportation.The 1.4 km funicular railway is pretty steep, with the sharpest incline at 45-degrees which will transport you to the peak within 7 minutes. The Peak Tram was the brainchild of a Scottish hotel owner Alexander Findlay Smith, whose Peak Hotel opened in 1880. Tickets can be purchase onsite. Avoid weekends and you may want to purchase the Madame Tussaud combo tickets to get the priority queue.

Peak Tram Operating Hours :
7 am to 12 midnight (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)
  Return Single
Adult HK$ 40 HK$ 28
Child (aged 3 – 11)
Senior (aged 65 or above)
HK$ 18 HK$ 11

On my way up to the peak, there are intermediate stations at Kennedy Road, Macdonnell Road, May Road and Barker Road. I was told that each of these stations is equipped with a stop request system but I bet at busy times it may not be possible to board at these stations as the tram can be crowded.

The Tram 100 Years

Believe it or not, the first generation 1888 steam-driven trams had no doors. Then, tram can only carry 30 passengers at one time and were divided into three classes. Now, the electrically-powered tramcars can hold up to 120 passengers. I am glad to know that there has never been an accident involving the Peak Tram which deemed as the most safest transportation.

The Peak Hong Kong

From the peak, you are able to enjoy the scenic view of Hong Kong city.

The Peak Hong Kong

I decided to get to a higher vantage point. The Peak Tower, ‘wok-shaped roof‘ building has a viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428, standing 428m above one of the world’s most breathtaking cityscape. This is the highest point you can get for a stunning 360-degree panoramic view across Hong Kong.

The Peak Hong Kong

Sky Terrace 428 Opening Hours :
10:00am – 11:00pm (Mon – Fri)
8:00am – 11:00pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Admission Tickets
Adult HK$ 48
Child (aged 3 – 11)
Senior (aged 65 or above)
HK$ 24

The Peak Hong Kong

If you are looking for a free vantage point, The Peak Galleria has a observation deck too!

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The peak is also the home of Madame Tussauds. I had the chance to get up close and personal with over 100 incredibly life-like wax figures since I bought the all inclusive combo tickets. Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds consist of 9 themed areas: Hong Kong Glamour, Royal Family, Historical and National Heroes, TV Studio, World Premiere, The Champions, Authentic History, Music Icons and Fantasy Kingdom.

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The well known english rock band, The Beatles

This package includes entrance to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Peak Tram two-way ticket and Sky Terrace 428
Admission Tickets
Adult HK$310
Child (aged 3 – 11) HK$196
Senior (aged 65 or above) HK$196

Getting to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus at Garden Road:

  • by bus 15C from the lay-by outside the Central Pier, or
  • walk from MTR Central Station, Exit J2

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2 Thoughts

  1. Thanks for the awesome view. Quite a few years ago, while on a brief day business trip to Toyko, I went up the Toyko Tower, and althought the view was amazing, I would loveto see some of today’s new cityscapes …. like Hong Kong. :-)

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