Victoria Peak is the highest peak on Hong Kong Island with an altitude of 552 meters (1,811 feet) and is a landmark of the island. It is the best spot to have a bird's-eye view of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon.
Viewed from the peak, the scenes are different between the daytime and nighttime. During the day, you can see high and crowded buildings, and the busy Victoria Harbour. At night, lit up by colorful lights, the whole scene is dazzling like a fairly-tale world.
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 approximately 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 has an antique feel.
It is the 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 look over Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour, and Kowloon. You are recommended to take a seat on the right side of the tram, which offers a better view.
Busy times: The queues to purchase tickets and board the tram are very long in the late morning and lunch hours on Sundays and during holidays when the weather is good.
To avoid the ticket lines, use an Octopus card or buy a ticket in advance. To save time, you can choose to take a car/bus up to the Peak and then take a tram back down the mountain.
The upper station of the Peak Tram is at the Peak Tower. It is the city's most unusual building and icon. The unique "wok" shaped tower sits at an elevation of 396 meters (1,299 feet). Viewing terraces located on different levels of the tower offer spectacular views of the Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines, including Victoria Harbour.
In level two of the Peak Tower is Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. There you can get up close and personal with your favorite stars, such as the soccer player David Beckham, the action king Jackie Chan, actor/singer Andy Lau, and many more. You will see about 100 wax figures of celebrities that look exactly like the real people.
Sky Terrace 428
Using three flights of escalators, you will go up to the Sky Terrace 428, which is Hong Kong's highest viewing platform with an elevation of 428 meters (1,404 feet).
There is a charge of HK$48 (about US$6.20) to enter it. It opens from 10am to 11pm from Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 11pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.
Opposite the Peak Tower is the Peak Galleria. It offers a free viewing terrace on its roof and has an exciting range of shops, such as gifts shops, cafés, restaurants, bookshops, and supermarkets.
If you like walking, you can go to the Peak. It has some wonderful tranquil and mainly shaded scenic walkways.
The walk provides you with an opportunity to experience Hong Kong's lesser known but equally breathtaking natural side. You can take a leisurely stroll along one of the nature trails and relax among the lush green vegetation while enjoying a 360-degree view of Hong Kong.
If the weather is not very clear with mist in the morning, it will often clear by the afternoon. You can also view the scenery from Lion's Pavilion, located halfway up the mountain, so as to have a clearer view on days with low cloud.
It is often colder (and wetter) high on the Peak, so bring an extra layer of clothing, and an umbrella.
Victoria Peak is a must-see attraction in Hong Kong. Touring it with China Highlights will help you to enjoy it better. Your private guide will buy tickets for you in advance to save your time and will lead you to the best spot for shooting photos.
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