Victoria Peak, or “The Peak” as it's colloquially known, is one of the staple attractions of Hong Kong. From its perch 1400 feet above the city tourists are treated to a stunning view of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour that is magical both during the day and at night.
The neighborhood surrounding the Peak was once the haunt of Hong Kong's colonial elite and is still dominated by hundred-million-dollar mansions and ultra-luxurious condominium blocks. In fact, famed Canadian architect Frank Gehry recently unveiled a new residential building on the Peak, OPUS, which was his first building in Asia.
What To Expect
Getting to the Peak is one of the best parts of the trip and a truly memorable public transportation experience, as the Peak Tram has been climbing the mountain from Central since 1888. The iconic red tram and its slow ascent up to the Peak gives tourists the chance for plenty of pictures and to soak up the views. To make the most of the experience, however, tourists should make sure to sit on the right side of the tram as it ascends or the left as it descends, as these are the seats with city views.
The tram's final destination is the Peak Tower. Just below the summit, this tower offers excellent views from its top-floor viewing deck. Inside there are a number of restaurants and tourist-oriented shops for souvenir hunting.
Who Will Love It
Anyone looking for fantastic views and a better perspective of Hong Kong's unique geography. The views are literally to die for and the Peak is one Hong Kong attraction that rarely, if ever, disappoints.
Who Will Be Disappointed
Well it certainly isn't a serene vantage point, as the Peak is almost always crowded with tourists and tour groups. The Peak Tower itself is a bit of a tourist trap, which may disappoint some travelers.
Get out from the tourist mania of the Peak Tower for a nice walk around the Peak on the Hong Kong Trail. This circular path makes a loop starting from the Peak Tower that takes one hour to walk and offers some relatively serene viewpoints of Central and South Hong Kong Island.
Stick around for dinner afterward at the Peak Lookout. There are some nice views from its peaceful garden terrace and the food is delicious, both of which make it a great place for a romantic candle-lit dinner.