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Travel Guide of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong by Influencers and Travelers

Victoria Peak is a hill on the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. With an elevation of 552 m, it is the highest hill on Hong Kong island, ranked 31 in terms of elevation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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How to visit Victoria Peak ?

To get to Victoria Peak, you can take the historic Peak Tram, which has been in operation since 1888. The tram departs from the Lower Terminus on Garden Road, which is easily accessible by taxi or a 10-15 minute walk from Central MTR station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or bus (No. 15) from Central, which will take you directly to the Peak.

It is highly recommended to book your Peak Tram ticket in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, as the lines can be quite long. You can purchase a Peak Tram Sky Pass, which includes round-trip tram tickets and entrance to the Sky Terrace 428, the highest 360-degree viewing platform in Hong Kong.

The cost of visiting Victoria Peak depends on the mode of transportation and the activities you choose. A round-trip Peak Tram Sky Pass costs HKD 99 for adults and HKD 47 for children (ages 3-11). Dining and shopping at the Peak will vary in price, but expect higher prices due to the popular location.

The best things to do at Victoria Peak include admiring the view from the Sky Terrace 428, taking a leisurely walk around the Peak Circle Walk, and visiting the nearby attractions such as Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and the Trick Eye Museum. Don't forget to capture the breathtaking views with your camera.

For dining, there are several great options at The Peak Galleria and The Peak Tower. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. offers delicious seafood with fantastic views, while Wildfire Pizzabar & Grill serves up tasty pizzas and pastas. For a more local experience, try the Hong Kong-style cuisine at Tsui Wah Restaurant.

When choosing accommodation near Victoria Peak, consider staying at the upscale Island Shangri-La or the boutique hotel, The Murray. For a more budget-friendly option, check out the Mini Hotel Central, which is just a short walk from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus.

Off the beaten path: For an unusual travel experience at Victoria Peak, consider embarking on a hike to the lesser-known Victoria Peak Garden. This quiet, lush garden is situated at the former residence of the Governor of Hong Kong and provides a peaceful escape from the crowds. The hike from the Peak to the garden takes around 30-45 minutes and offers a unique, tranquil side of Victoria Peak that many tourists miss.

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It is a must-see during a trip to Hong Kong. The Victoria Peak,

The Peak culminates at 554m: it is the highest summit of Hong Kong Island. From there, a breathtaking view of the skyscrapers, coiled between the jungle, the slopes of Peak Victoria, and the bay of Hong Kong. Enchanting at night, romantic at dusk, and impressive on a clear day (you can see up to the hills of the New Territories!)

How to reach Peak Victoria?

  • The most "folkloric" is to choose the Peak Tram. It is a historical funicular (130 years of existence!) which goes up in 7 minutes towards the top and allows us to admire some impressive skyscrapers in the passage. Unfortunately, this streetcar is often taken by tourists: the waiting time sometimes exceeds one hour!
Anyway, if you don't mind, you can go to the Lower Peak Tram terminal in the Central district, on Garden Road. The Peak Tram runs from 7 am to midnight every day, even on holidays.

  • You can also take a bus. Often not expensive, but you will have to find the right bus and the right place... The most "obvious" is to take the bus 15 which leaves from central pier 5 and passes by central and Admiralty... Much cheaper than the Peak streetcar but slower (although there will be a less waiting time to take the bus!). We advise you to choose a place on the floor! You also have minibus 1 (island) which leaves from Hong Kong MTR station.

- Any cab on the street can take you there. It is, of course, more expensive than the streetcar or the bus... To have an idea of the price, count about 9 dollars from Admiralty.

By foot to the Victoria peak. We advise you of 2 options:

  • Old Peak Road: It is the most direct option and also the steepest. We advise you to have a GPS: it is not always obvious to find your way in the jungle of skyscrapers. The Old Peak Road starts at an intersection with Robinson Road. This road climbs quite steeply at times and is closed to traffic on its last stretch (just behind the buildings called Hillsborough). At the end of this road, you will end up near Peak Tower a little further north and below it.

  • Lung Fu Shan Trail: This is a 2.8km trail that gently climbs the PEAK. It starts next to the University of Hong Kong (MTR station HKU) and ends at the Peak Tower passing by the Pinewood Battery. Count 60 minutes to finish the route one way.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Victoria Peak

Why is Victoria Peak in Hong Kong famous?

The summit of Victoria Peak offers the most remarkable view of Hong Kong.

With more than 1,500 skyscrapers over 100 meters high, Hong Kong has been called "the most vertical city in the world". 

For a breathtaking panorama and thrill of watching the view from above 

Admiring the view of Victoria Bay from The Peak is an absolute must in Hong Kong.
Once at the bus or streetcar terminal (almost at the same place), it will take you a few more minutes to walk to the viewpoints. Besides, the surroundings of the summit are not really a haven of peace or nature that you would expect: the place is very commercial. It will be necessary to dare to move away a little to find quietude...

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