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The Peak: places worth visiting at the top of the city

The Victoria Harbour and skyscraper view from the Peak

The higher you go, the more you see. Each of these hotspots on The Peak reveals a brilliant perspective of Hong Kong and makes ample perfect photo opportunities. Visit them all during various hours of the day to take in the scenery under a different light. Here’s a little secret: the best time to visit The Peak is near dusk. You can soak in the wonderful Peak view during the day, sundown, and at night as an irresistibly alluring experience. Dive right into how you can experience the best of what The Peak offers – from shopping, recreation, dining, and taking memorable snapshots!

One of the most popular ways to get to the Peak is by the Peak Tram.

The Peak Tram

The Peak is often dubbed Hong Kong’s most spectacular destination, but even the journey reaching it can be equally as spellbinding. The journey takes approximately 6 minutes, rises from 33m to 396m above sea level along a 1,278m-long track and is visually memorable experience as skyscrapers glide past at what appear to be impossible angles while the Peak Tram makes its ascent. Ideal for videos and photos, have your phone ready and steady to chronicle your ascent, as you defy gravity on this classic mode of transportation. With over 130 years of tramway excellence, the  Peak Tram  commenced operation in 1888 to serve the British governor and The Peak’s residents. Today, this is one of the world’s oldest funicular railways and can be enjoyed by everyone. It has become one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming more than 6 million patrons a year.

The Peak Tram has returned after a major facelift. The 6th generation carriages will sport a retro green exterior as a tribute to the 3rd and 4th generation carriages from the 1940s to the 1980s. The upgraded Peak Tram will feature larger panoramic windows that enables passengers to take in the stunning skyline in enhanced views.

To provide a more enjoyable, efficient and comfortable experience, Peak Tramways has completed a significant upgrade project. The project included brand new tramcars, the replacement of all haulage, control and signalling systems, new ropes and track rails, and the refurbishment of its Central and Peak Termini to facilitate the beautiful new, larger capacity tramcars. In addition to reducing passenger waiting times by over 70%, visitors will be greeted by a dynamic, engaging and brand-new entertainment experience. The new experience introduces 5 engaging zones that include: Eye of Infinity, The Beating Heart, An Icon is Born, Once Upon a Tram, and Go Wild at the Peak at the Central Terminus.

Sky Terrace 428 of Peak Tower is one of the best spots for appreciating the spectacular views of Victoria Harbour.

The Peak Tower with Sky Terrace 428

Once you get off the Peak Tram, you will arrive at the Peak Tower , a wok-shaped structure that is famous for its viewing platform, Sky Terrace 428. It stands stunningly 428m above one of the world’s most stunning cityscapes. Take your sweetheart to the top of Hong Kong and profess your endless love at the ‘Say I Love You at The Peak’ Wishing Corner. Don’t forget to take beautiful photos to capture the special moment and share with your family and friends!

Should you feel like a break, even the dining here comes with jaw-dropping beautiful views of Victoria Harbour — you get anticipatory glimpses of this vista from the escalator that runs up beside a huge glass wall. American and Italian cuisine are available. There are also other casual dining outlets and cafes. And for those looking to stay indoors, shops and entertainment venues set against the beautiful backdrop of the city cater to all ages and preferences! The Hong Kong home of Madame Tussauds  is also located here, with over 100 life-like figures for the ultimate selfie experience.

Peak Galleria is another must-go attraction for those visiting the Peak.

Peak Galleria

Opposite the Peak Tower is the Peak Galleria . Its free-entry observation deck locates at L3 is a photogenic hotspot. Make use of the telescopes and take snapshots of both the breath-taking views of Victoria Harbour to the north and the serene beauty of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and the South China Sea to the south.

Aside from offering spectacular views, the mall is an iconic retail and entertainment destination, with personalised experiences and festive celebrations awaiting visitors. Wander through Mr Monopoly’s secret home and encounter holograms and 4DX technology at MONOPOLY DREAMS™  at L3 of the Peak Galleria, create customisable furry friends at Build-A-Bear Workshop and get an immersive experience from exhibitions of different themes at Go Museum at L2, or get your favourite candy treats from the iconic ‘Pick & Mix Wall’ at Candylicious. Look for fun souvenirs from local brands of artworks and handicrafts here too!

Visitors can walk along the Peak Round Walk for a scenic view from atop.

Hike at the Peak – Peak Circle Walk

Hiking at the Peak is a popular activity. Winding around the highest point on Hong Kong Island, the Peak Circle Walk  offers stunning vistas of the city in more ways than one. Start at around 90 minutes before sunset, and you’ll be looking at Hong Kong Island’s scenic south side in the glow of afternoon light. Set off from the Peak Tower and go along Harlech Road and Lugard Road before returning to the start point at just the right time, when twilight gives way to night and the city becomes a galaxy of shimmering lights.

Panoramic view of Victoria Harbour from Lugard Road Lookout and Lions Point View Pavilion

Hike at the Peak – Lugard Road Lookout and Lions Point View Pavilion

Built in 1913–1914, this road is named after Hong Kong’s 14th governor, Sir Frederick Lugard. The sections that are narrow, cliff-side paths are called ‘plank roads’. Walk along for about 20 minutes and you’ll arrive at the Lugard Road Lookout , which offers a spectacular panoramic view of everything from Sheung Wan to Tsim Sha Tsui, as well as Victoria Harbour. Keep following the road until you reach Harlech Road, after which you will see the Lions Pavilion  tucked away beside the Peak Tower, which is hugely popular with tourists for the views it offers for free.

The British-style Victoria Peak Garden is a lush hidden gem on the Peak.

Victoria Peak Garden and former Mountain Lodge

If you go up either Mount Austin Road or Harlech Road Fitness Trail, you will find yourself at Victoria Peak Garden . What was once the site of the Mountain Lodge — the Governor's summer residence on The Peak — has been replaced by a delightful, lush Victorian-style garden above the masses at the Peak Galleria.

Twisting paths navigate around sprawling lawns and pagodas, and there are Victorian features such as sundials and wrought iron, as well as an incredible vista of Hong Kong, which makes it an ideal spot for a photo op. The kiosk there also provides much needed refreshments for an afternoon break, as you kick back while awaiting the brilliant sunset on the Peak.

Plan your journey with the above vantage points and start exploring the Peak now!

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