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Victoria Peak In Hong Kong

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After getting rained out the first day of my 2 days in Hong Kong, we finally had glorious (hot) weather, so we headed up first thing to Victoria Peak before it could change its mind.

When we’d gone the afternoon before, a Sunday in July around 3PM, the line was really long despite the imminent threat of bad weather. At around 9 on a Monday morning, there was no line at all, and only about 5 people straggled in to join our tram before it left.

The Peak Tram Hong Kong ticket entrance

 

Tickets were about ~$6 USD for a return, about $10 USD for access to the viewing tower. We decided we could always buy viewing tower tickets once we were there, so passed.

The Peak Tram Hong Kong track looking down

Most of the tram ride is spent going up through the city, and it was on the ride that you really get a feel for how steep it is — either I or the buildings were at a deep slant! The picture below is looking behind us as we ascended.

The Peak Tram Hong Kong close to top

Close to the top you turn a corner and start getting amazing views of the city, but they were nothing compared to what awaited us. We got off the tram and made our way to the little plaza area to scope things out.

The first order of business was to get my friend an Icee. She loves Icees, and its been fun for us to visit a 7-Eleven in every international location possible to check out the flavors and compare.

Icee 7-Eleven Hong Kong Peak

In the same building (right across from the tram) we’d seen advertisements about a free viewing deck on top, so we headed up. Only to discover it was temporarily closed for cleaning. No worries, we could check out the view from the other side of the peak and then hit that side. It was lovely but not as dramatic but we still enjoyed lingering for 15 minutes.

We headed to the other side to discover it was still closed, so we headed down to the most scenic McDonalds I’d ever visited, coming back up after half an hour. Though the “cleaning” was basically done, a sour faced worker denied us entrance, while ignoring a Chinese tour group that walked past the barricade to get in.

Peak Galleria Closed Viewing Deck

My friend’s first taste of discrimination in the city. So we headed back down to the ground floor and went for a walk along path. It was heavily forested but occasionally you could catch stunning views of the city.

Walk along Hong Kong Peak

We returned again 30 minutes later (at this point we should have given up and paid for access to the Sky Terrace 428). It was still closed. The worker scowled at us the whole 15 minutes we waited, but eventually it was opened.

Amazing, amazing views! (but probably not so much better than below that it was worth the wait).

View from the Peak Galleria

 

Best Viewing Locations

If you feel like paying the extra $4-5 USD a person, the Sky Terrace 428 is probably the best view in town.

If you like to sip coffee or tea and enjoy the view, Pacific Coffee has one of the best spots for looking right at the harbor.  Pearl on the Peak directly above it has outdoor seating and a wine list.

View from Pacific Coffee The Peak HOng Kong

The Peak Galleria is directly behind the Peak Tram and offers a free viewing station with almost equally amazing views. The trick is to go when it’s not closed for cleaning.

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7 Comments

  1. Mike

    October 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Bmi. Bmi.

  2. Mike

    October 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Bmi. Bmi. Bmi bmi

  3. Patrick W.

    October 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Minor (and admittedly pedantic) quibble: It’s “Victoria Peak”, not “Victoria’s Peak”.

  4. Winston

    October 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Enjoy HK. Btw Keri, it’s Victoria peak. 🙂

  5. DJ

    October 27, 2013 at 2:35 am

    yeah remember that path, i went up to the peak by foot once with my gf, ~45 min & sweating hard, only to have the night covered by thick haze, so no magnificent views of the harbor at all. we did see it on the 2nd trip there though, well worth the effort.

  6. Keri Anderson

    October 27, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    @Winston & @Patrick — Thank you for catching that! Blogging at 5AM was the wrong decision!

    @DJ — if we’d had more time we were tempted to try the walk in at least one direction. Does the path let you have better/more variety of views?

  7. Sonia

    August 11, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Great post. We never paid the extra money to get to the viewing deck…not sure if it was worth the money!
    The night views from the Peak are stunning…with they had an online system to get past the long line for tickets at the base.
    http://tickingthebucketlist.blogspot.in/2014/08/hong-kong-skyline-and-city-lights.html

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