There is more than one way to circle a peak. Do this walk in reverse, starting around 90 minutes before sunset, and you’ll be looking at Hong Kong Island’s scenic south side in the glow of afternoon light. Stick around to experience views of one of the world’s most spectacular harbours when twilight gives way to night and the city becomes a galaxy of shimmering lights.
Peak Circle Walk
The top thing to do in Hong Kong is to ogle the world-famous vista of Victoria Harbour from The Peak. Some of the best views are on the Peak Circle Walk, which winds around the highest point on Hong Kong Island.
From MTR Central Station, Exit J2, walk to the lower Peak Tram terminus located on Garden Road for the scenic ride up to The Peak. Alternatively, you can take bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus, or minibus 1 from MTR Hong Kong Station public transport interchange. The Peak Circle Walk begins at Lugard Road near the Peak Tower.
Built in 1913–14, this road is named after Hong Kong’s 14th governor, Sir Fredrick Lugard. The sections that are narrow, cliff-side paths are called ‘plank roads’. You’ll need to pull your camera out around 20 minutes into your stroll, when you arrive at the Lugard Road lookout and gasp at its spectacular panoramic view of Victoria Harbour.
Lugard Road runs into Harlech Road, which will slowly take you back to the Peak Tower and to the end of your lap around The Peak. It takes about 15 minutes to traverse the entire tree-shaded path, or a bit longer if you stop to appreciate the waterfall falling below Mount Austin Playground. Watch out for those joggers rushing past; Harlech Road is one of their favourites.
The walk will take you back to its starting point near the Peak Tower. From here you can catch the Peak Tram, bus 15 or minibus 1 back down to Central.
|Take it farthernt|
If time and energy are on your side, you can turn this leisurely stroll into a substantial walk to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. For something more in between, you can head to Pinewood Battery by turning right onto Hatton Road at the intersection of Lugard and Harlech roads. From here, take a tour if the University of Hong Kong and return to Central on bus 13 from Kotewall Road.
- The Peak, Hong Kong Island
- Starting point:
- Lugard Road
- End point:
- Harlech Road
- Average hiking time:
- About 1.5 hours
- 3.5 km
- Replenishing stations:
- There is no replenishing station along the route. So before starting out, fuel up at a restaurant or stock up at a store in The Peak Galleria or The Peak Tower.
To the starting point:
- MTR Central station Exit J2 and walk to the Lower Terminus of the Peak Tram on Garden Road for the ride up to The Peak.
- MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D then take bus 15 from the Exchange Square Bus Terminus to The Peak Galleria.
- Hop aboard the Peak Tram down to the Garden Road Terminus.
- Take bus 15 at The Peak Plaza down to the Central Exchange Square Bus Terminus.