A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without visiting Victoria Peak (扯旗山) or “The Peak” as it is known locally. It is one of the most famous attractions for very good reasons. Whether you will be dining with your family, going on a date with your special someone, exploring the crisp wooded paths by yourself, or shopping with friends, there is truly something for everyone at Victoria Peak.
The view is outstanding. During the day, you will get the change to see in full view the majestic skyscrapers of the Hong Kong Central District. On the other hand, night time views highlight the amazing light shows from the buildings which is equally amazing. Besides the view, the journey to The Peak is an experience in itself. You can either ride the bus, hike, or take the tram which I highly recommend! But more on that later.
Why take the tram?
Taking the tram to The Peak is the best way to go, especially first-time visitors. The ascend will make you excited and nervous at the same time. I say nervous because of the steep inclination, but all the “fear” seems to fade away as the panoramic view comes to sight. The 7-minute ride is well-worth the long lines for sure!
What to do?
I suggest allotting 3-4 hours at Victoria Peak to enjoy the best attractions it has to offer. You can start by going around The Peak Tower — it has a lot of restaurants and shops to explore. You would definitely want to visit the Peak Market where you can buy trinkets and souvenirs. If you are into local celebrities you can visit Madam Tussauds, but if you don’t know any local artists then might as well skip this attraction. The attraction you CANNOT miss is the Sky Terrace located at the very top of the complex — it offers a 360-degree panoramic view across Hong Kong.
Peak Tram Operating Hours :
7 am to 12 midnight (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)
Departs every 10 to 15 minutes
Sky Terrace Opening Hours :
10 am to 11 pm (Mon – Fri)
8 am to 11 pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)