Victoria Peak has about 7 million visitors a year. It is the highest peak on Hong Kong Island with an altitude of 554 meters (1818 feet) and has been considered as a landmark of the island.
It is the best spot to have a bird's eye view of the Victoria Harbor and the whole thriving island. Viewed from the peak, the scenes are different between day and night.
During the day, you can see high and crowded buildings and the busy Victoria Harbor. At night, lit up by colorful lights, the whole scene is dazzling like a fairly-tale world. The best spot to enjoy the scene is the Peak Tower and the Lion Kiosk beside the Peak Tram terminal.
To reach Victoria Peak, you can take the Peak Tram. It was put into service in 1888. Its steepest point has an angle of 27 degree which definitely can give you an unforgettable experience.
The Peak Tram
The Peak Tram is very popular with tourists who want to see Victoria Peak or get a bird’s eye view of the city. It carries about 11,000 or 12,000 people a day or 4 million passengers a year up to the top of the peak. It was first built in 1888, and it feels antique.
It is quickest and most scenic way to climb the peak. As you travel the 1.4 kilometers, you can relax as you see the sights below. You can see a lot of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbor and Kowloon.
Peak Tram Travel Essentials
- Fares: Adults 28 HKD one way (3.60 USD), 40 HKD return; children and seniors 11 HKD one way, 18 HKD return.
- Hours: 7 am to midnight.
- Time needed: 5 minutes transport + about 20 minutes to 2 hours waiting in line. Lines are longest on Sundays and holidays in the late morning and lunch hours during good weather. To avoid the ticket lines use an Octopus card or buy a ticket in advance.
- Transport to lower terminus: From Central MTR station, Exit J or K and follow the signs (12 minute walk). From the Admiralty MTR station, Exit C1 and follow the signs (12 minute walk). From the Star Ferry in Central, take Bus 15C from the bus lot in front.
- Distance: 1.4 kilometers.
- Elevation: from 28 meters to 396 meters altitude (368 meters up).
The Peak Tower
At the summit, visitors arrive at the Peak Tower, the city's most unusual building and icon. The unique "wok" shaped tower sits at an elevation of 396 metres. Viewing terraces located on different levels of the tower offer spectacular views of the Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines, including Victoria Harbour.
The Peak Tower also puts visitors in touch with Hong Kong's lesser known, but equally breathtaking natural side. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along one of the nature trails starting from The Peak Tower and relax among the lush green vegetation while enjoying a 360-degree view of Hong Kong.
In level 2 of the Peak Tower is Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. There you can get up close and personal with your favourite stars: such as soccer David Beckham, action king Jackie Chan, actor/singer Andy Lau, etc. You and your kids will see about 100 wax figures of celebrities that look exactly like the real person.
How to Get to the Peak?
The most enjoyable and spectacular way to reach The Victoria Peak is to take a ride on the Peak Tram. The Victoria Peak Tram runs every day, including Sundays and public holidays, between 7:00 am and 12:00 midnight.
Shuttle buses operate between the Central Star Ferry Pier and The Victoria Peak Tram Terminus at Garden Road.
You can reach the terminus on foot from MTR Central Station J2 exit.
Also read Lamma Island's Family Walk.
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Hi Karen, sorry, it is not available online. You can buy it after arrival, it won't take long time. There isn't any way to book it in advance.Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-11-15
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