No visit to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to the world famous Victoria Peak. Known simply as ‘The Peak’ to locals, Victoria Peak provides a stunning view of the equally iconic Victoria Harbour, as well as a captivating look across the remainder of Hong Kong Island. The Peak is a popular vantage point explored by locals and visitors alike, with the many dining opportunities, hiking trails and relaxation spots providing something for everyone.
In this blog post, we take a closer look at exploring Victoria Peak, a spot that easily takes the prize for the best skyline on the planet.
The highest point in Hong Kong
Measuring in at 552 metres tall, Victoria Peak is one of the most visited spots on Hong Kong Island, and for good reason. Before you even reach its summit and take in its sweeping views, Victoria Peak offers a spectacular and magical ascent that’s sure to be relished by travellers of all ages, abilities and walks of life.
Take the historic route
Climbing to The Peak Tower, a huge viewing platform that sits at the very top of Victoria Peak, couldn’t be easier. Visitors can take the gravity defying Peak Tram, Hong Kong’s earliest form of transport that’s still going strong more than a century after its completion. Discover Hong Kong reveals more about the Peak Tram’s history:
“Riding the Peak Tram is a visual experience in its own right — Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers slide past your window at what appear to be impossible angles as you make the ascent to The Peak on the city’s historic, funicular railway. Located at Lower Terminus, The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is a way of paying tribute to The Peak Tram, its heritage and the history of Hong Kong. Since 1888, The Peak Tram has served Hong Kong, quietly witnessing 120 years of the city’s changes. The gallery brings back many memories for local visitors and gives overseas visitors a glimpse of how the Pearl of the Orient has come to shine.”
The best lookout points
The Peak Tower isn’t the only place to take in fantastic views across Hong Kong Island. Victoria Peak provides several vantage points to fully appreciate the view, some free and some that require an entrance fee. Entering Sky Terrace 428 in The Peak Tower, for example, will set you back $6.50. The Peak Galleria is another excellent lookout point where you can enjoy similar views, without paying a penny. From here, you’ll not only be able to gain a bird’s eye view of the city, but enjoy stunning views of the southern side of the island.
Avid hikers may want to take a walk on the wild side to enjoy a more authentic experience away from the commercialised zones of The Peak Tower and Peak Galleria. Go off the beaten track by hiking along one of The Peak’s nature trails. The Morning Trail, which begins on Hatton Road, and the Circle Walk provide more rustic routes weaving through woodland and waterfalls to provide several picture perfect opportunities to add to your Instagram profile.
A hike up Victoria Peak certainly tops the chart of best free things to do on Hong Kong Island. There are many more budget-friendly must-sees to take in on your trip to Hong Kong, and here are our top picks.