The Day View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

The Day View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

The Victoria Peak, or locally referred to as “The Peak”, ranks undoubtedly number one on the list of Hong Kong Must-Go Attractions. Travel agencies, guides and travel books agree unanimously that The Peak is the most popular place to visit during your Hong Kong stay.

Even if you know nothing about Hong Kong or just have a few hours in Hong Kong, enjoying the spectacular views of the city, its harbours and surrounding islands from The Peak should not go amiss. Like the tourists say “if you haven’t been up to The Peak, you haven’t been to Hong Kong”.

gold k pendant

If one says Hong Kong’s best attraction is her skyline, then Victoria Peak is one of the best places to enjoy the view. The Peak is the highest evaluation of Hong Kong Island with an altitude of 552m (1,811ft). It is also known as Mount Austin and its Chinese name “Tai Ping Shan” literally means “Pacific Mountain Peak” or “Mountain Peak of Great Peace”.

box-info2 Did You Know

  • The Peak is actually not the highest mountain in Hong Kong. The highest peak in Hong Kong belongs to “Tai Mo Shan” (which literally means “Big Hat Mountain”) with an altitude of 957m (3,140ft) located just in the heart of the New Territories.

  • gold k pendant

    The Peak offers amazing, spectacular, stunning – or as some would put it – jaw-dropping views of Hong Kong by day and night. From the Peak, you can enjoy a view of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong skyline as well as Hong Kong Island South.

    Day View of Hong Kong Landscape from Victoria Peak

    Day View of Hong Kong Landscape from Victoria Peak

    View of Pok Fu Lam from Victoria Peak

    View of Pok Fu Lam from Victoria Peak

    Although there are other observation decks and roof-top restaurants and bars with great views, The Peak provides close-distance and unique views from the back of Hong Kong’s skyline.

    Besides, going to the Peak is not only for the view but also for experiencing the history of The Peak in the colonial time as well as taking Hong Kong’s oldest public transportation.

    The Peak Tram running on Victoria Peak

    The Peak Tram running on Victoria Peak

  • gold k pendant

    The Peak is also a great location for watching Hong Kong’s fireworks display. The fireworks display in Hong Kong is one of the best in the world. Every time it attracts thousands of visitors. If you come around Chinese New Year, 1st of October or New Year’s Eve, make sure not to miss the chance.

  • gold k pendant

    Some also choose to watch A Symphony of Lights Show from The Peak. To my personal experience, although a Symphony of Lights is visible from The Peak, since the Peak often has haziness at night, it is not a highly recommended location. It’s better to watch and enjoy A Symphony of Lights Show closer to Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui to have a memorable experience with synchronized music.

Go Back to Top

gold k pendant

Being the highest point on Hong Kong Island, The Peak has been used as a natural signalling post for incoming cargo ships in the nineteenth century. During the early 20th century The Peak served as an exclusive residential area for expats only. The only way you could get up to The Peak was by foot or by The Peak Tram (since 1888).

The foreign expatriates decided or choose to live on The Peak for many reasons. Certainly, the panoramic views was one of it. But the cooler and more pleasant climate compared to the rest of Hong Kong might be the “real” reason back then. In case you visit Hong Kong and The Peak during the summer months, you can experience the cooling effect on The Peak yourself and escape the hot and humid downtown heat for a short period of time.

View of Victoria Harbour from Sky Terrace 428

View of Victoria Harbour from Sky Terrace 428

The Night View of Hong Kong from The Peak

The Night View of Hong Kong from The Peak

Although the practice of being a designated area only for expats ended shortly after the Second World War, it is nowadays more popular than ever and remains an up-market residential area. The 12-storey residential tower The Opus Hong Kong by architect Frank Gehry was sold for record-breaking prices at over HK$ 68,000 per square foot.

Today’s Victoria Peak is the home to many celebrities, company CEOs, expats and government officials. In case you decide to take one of the buses up to The Peak and not The Peak Tram, you can get some impressions of the residential buildings and may be have the chance to spot one of the TV, movie or pop-star celebrities passing in their expensive cars.

Go Back to Top

gold k pendant

The Peak can be best enjoyed at dry and clear days – be it day or night. However, you need to be prepared that haze, mist, and fog can occur and limit and restrict your views.

Day View from Victoria Peak Hong KongDisneyland Chinese New Year 2019

Even on sunny days, there is often a clear visible layer of Hong Kong’s air pollution hanging on top of the skyscrapers. Also you can experience low hanging clouds which are beautiful to look at from the downtown area, but restricting and limiting your views on or from The Peak.

The View of Victoria Harbour and city from the Peak

The View from the Peak in the hazy days

gold k pendant

One of the most asked questions about The Peak is whether visiting The Peak is more advisable at day or at night. Quite frankly speaking, enjoying The Peak at day and/or at night are both always impressive.

In case you are pressed for time and have only time to going up to The Peak once, try to get to The Peak at the late afternoon. You still can enjoy the beautiful day views, can take some great pictures and since it is getting dark very fast you also have a chance to enjoy the beautiful night views of Hong Kong from The Peak. But be aware that during this time, the Peak Tram will always get very crowded. It’s wise to purchase a fast pass ticket in advance to save a lot of your time and energy.

People Queuing Up Outside Peak Tram Lower Terminus

Hundreds of people queuing outside Peak Tram Lower Terminus

Go Back to Top

gold k pendant

  • gold k pendant

    Peak Tram is not the only way getting up to the Peak. However, it is definitely the best. Not only because of the great city view, the fastest way to the Peak, but also due to its long history and the remarkable riding experience as extra bonus.

    It is the first cable funicular in Asia, connecting the Central district and The Victoria Peak and providing a direct route to The Peak, Peak Tower, Sky Terrace 428. It takes only 7-8 minutes (fastest way) getting to the Victoria Peak.

    As one of the most visited attractions, the Peak Tram can end up with very long waiting lines. Try to avoid weekends and holidays if possible. Otherwise, it’s better to get there earlier in the morning or get a fast lane ticket.

    Read more about The Peak Tram Hong Kong, fast lane ticket, discounts

    The Peak Tram Running uphill on The Peak

    The Peak Tram Running uphill on The Peak

    Inside the Peak Tram

    Inside the Peak Tram

  • Go Back to Top

  • gold k pendant

    The Peak Tower sits at 396 meters above sea level. It is not only one of Hong Kong’s most stylish and modern architectural buildings, but also a complex of both leisure and shopping.

    It houses two of Hong Kong’ most visited attractions: the terminus of the Peak Tram and Hong Kong’s highest outdoor observation deck “Sky Terrace 428”. The Asia’s first wax museum Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is also inside the Peak Tower.

    If you are looking for Hong Kong souvenirs, Peak Market may be a option for you. Hard Rock Café has their souvenir store on the ground floor.

    Read more about The Peak Tower and what you can do inside

    View of The Peak Tower on The Peak

    View of The Peak Tower on The Peak

  • Go Back to Top

  • gold k pendant

    The open-air Sky Terrace 428 is the highest outdoor 360 degree viewing deck in Hong Kong and located on the top of The Peak Tower with an altitude of 428 meters above sea level. Hence the number 428 is in the attraction’s name.

    It is one of the best locations to enjoy the spectacular views from The Peak, from where you will have a view of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong skyline as well as Aberdeen.

    The price of Sky Terrace 428 is HK$ 52 for adults and HK$ 26 for children and seniors. You are able to get a combo ticket with some discount.

    Read more about Sky Terrace 428 and where to get ticket discount.

    Sky Terrace 428 is on the top of The Peak Tower

    Views from Sky Terrace 428

    Sky Terrace 428 on the top of The Peak Tower

    Sky Terrace 428 on the top of The Peak Tower

  • Go Back to Top

  • gold k pendant

    Madame Tussauds Hong Kong opened in 2000 and is the first branch of the wax figure museum in Asia. Today’s Madame Tussauds provides 100 national and international lifelike wax figures that you can touch and feel.

    Madame Tussauds Hong Kong separates the wax figures into 10 different interactive themes, zones and areas in different floors. In each theme, there are lots of photo opportunities with superstars, historical and national heroes.

    Combo tickets of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 as well as discounts are available.

    Read more about what to expect, combo tickets and discounts of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

    Bruce Lee is waiting next to the entrance of Madame Tussauds

    Bruce Lee is waiting next to the entrance of Madame Tussauds

    Figure of Princess Diana in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

    Figure of Benedict Cumberbatch in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

  • Go Back to Top

  • gold k pendant

    The Peak Galleria was the most popular viewing deck on The Peak before the construction of The Peak Tower. Unlike the Sky Terrace 428, the viewing deck on the top of Peak Galleria is for free. You also have many shopping and dining options inside The Peak Galleria.

    Peak Galleria is currently under upgrading for a better look and function.

    Peak Galleria on The Peak Tower

    Peak Galleria before construction

Go Back to Top

gold k pendant

No matter which following ways you choose to get up to the Peak, you need to firstly take MTR/Star Ferry and get off at Central station/Pier. Then you can choose the transportation which is more suitable for you. Among all, the Peak Tram is the most efficient and iconic way.

gold k pendant

gold k pendant

– Minimum time required: 10 minutes (excl. waiting time)

It’s the fastest, most efficient and most convenient way for getting up to Victoria Peak. It’s also one of the highlights of the journey to Victoria Peak.

Check out “How to take Peak Tram” for more details.

The Peak Tram running on the Peak

the Peak Tram running on the Peak

gold k pendant

gold k pendant

– Minimum time required: 45 minutes (excl. waiting time)

Taking Bus No.15 is probably the second most popular way to the Victoria Peak other than the Peak Tram. It costs only around HK$ 10. Don’t get confused with Bus No.15C. Bus 15C is only the shuttle bus between the Star Ferry Central Pier and the Peak Tram Lower Terminus.

Bus No.15 runs between Central and The Peak. It passes 24-30 stops through the winding mountain roads. Prepare about 45 minutes on the journey on each way.

Major hop-on stations to the Peak for tourists:
Central Pier 5, Exchange Square, City Hall, MTR Admiralty station and Three Pacific Place.

Bus No.15 serves from 6:15am till midnight. The early morning bus starts from the bus terminal under Exchange Square while bus from 10:00am starts from Central Pier 5. For more details of the bus routes and operation hours of each route, you can check from Citybus official website.

Bus 15 going to the Peak

Bus 15 going to the Peak

box-info2 Did You Know

  • “In case you decide to take Bus No. 15, try to get a seat on the upper deck. While the bus is climbing the winding and twisting road up to The Peak you have the chance to enjoy some spectacular views of Central, Wan Chai as well as get some impressions on how Hong Kong’s celebrities are living.”

gold k pendant

gold k pendant

– Minimum time required: 30-40 minutes (excl. waiting time)

Taxi is the second fastest way travelling to the Peak. Taxi ride takes about 30-40 min on the uphill roads from Central. The final cost depends on the traveling distance. For example, hopping on the taxi from Central to the Peak costs about HK$ 70-80.

If you have got to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus and decide to switch to taxi due to the long queue of Peak Tram, just be noted that there are not so many taxis available.

gold k pendant

gold k pendant

– Minimum time required: 40-50 minutes (excl. waiting time)

Minibus No.1 starts from the bus terminal under ICF Tower 2 (Hong Kong Station Public Transport Interchange).

Major hop-on stations to the Peak for tourists:
Under ICF Tower 2, City Hall, Hong Kong Park

The ticket price is about HK$ 10. Similar to the Bus No.15, minibus No.1 will go uphill through the winding roads. The complete journey takes about 40-50 min (depending on traffic). It serves from 6:20am to midnight with 5-15 min intervals from Monday to Sunday.

If you plan to take the Minibus back to Central, just getting on at The Peak Public Transport Terminus and disembark at MTR Central station or IFC Tower 2 (close to Central Star Ferry pier).

box-info2 Did You Know

gold k pendant

  • “The Green Minibus No.1 route is not as scenic as Bus No 15. Although it drives a little bit faster than CityBus 15, it will stop in many stations that even cost longer time. Besides, please be aware that the Green Minibus just has 16 seats. In case you are traveling with a bigger group, you may want to opt to take Bus No 15.”

  • “For Bus No.15, although it’s a scenic bus ride, you need to prepare at least 40-45 minutes traveling time to reach the bus terminus at The Peak. The streets and roads to and from The Peak are especially on off-office hours and weekends jammed. The traveling time can easily exceed 70 minutes.”

  • “Both Bus No.15 and Minibus No.1 accept payment in cash or Octopus Card. In case you don’t have an Octopus Card, make sure to tender the bus driver the exact fare. Otherwise you will not get any change.”

  • “Bus No. 15 and Green Minibus No.1 are taking different routes up to The Peak. Both of them are climbing up The Peak on twisting and winding roads. Especially the Green Minibus drivers drive up The Peak fast and enjoy the turns and twist in a fast way. In case you easily get travel sick, taking any of the bus up The Peak is not recommended.”

The Bottomline: Is it worthwhile to visit The Peak? I cannot answer with more “Yes” than this. As I said at the beginning, this is definitely the Must-Go attraction of Hong Kong. With a better view from The Peak, make sure to visit the Sky Terrace 428 on top of The Peak Tower – it’s the best place to take spectacular pictures as well as to enjoy the breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers.

gold k pendant

More Top Attractions in Hong Kong