With Hong Kong’s most spectacular views, cooler climes and quiet wooded walks, it’s no wonder Victoria Peak is so popular with tourists and the super rich who occupy the exclusive properties clinging to its high slopes. The Peak Tram takes under 10 minutes to reach Victoria Gap, pinning you to your seat as it’s hauled up the sheer slope at the end of a single cable (don’t worry, its safety record is spotless).

  • Peak Tram 7am–midnight daily

  • Bus 15C from Central Star Ferry

  • 2849 7654

  • www.thepeak.com.hk

The Peak Tram

Despite the fact that a single steel cable hauls the tram up a long and incredibly steep track, the Peak Tram has a faultless safety record since the service opened in 1888. The most severe disruption to services came in the 1960s when torrents of water from an especially violent typhoon washed part of the track away.

The Peak Tram

If the weather is misty or there’s low cloud, put off a visit to the Peak until a clearer day as the chances are you’ll be able to see very little.

In the Peak Tower, Café Deco’s smart interior, wide food choices and good service make it an excellent drinking and dining stop. For fantastic sea views over to Lamma Island dine or drink in the Peak Lookout’s lovely garden terrace.

Top 10 Sights
  1. Peak Tower

    The Peak Tram empties into this ugly anvil-shaped mall containing shops, cafés, restaurants and viewing gallery. The refreshment and tourist trinkets inside may not inspire, but children will enjoy the latest computer games on offer at the EA Experience and Madame Tussaud’s famous waxworks.

  2. Galleria

    Although the imposing Peak Tower mall is hardly sensitive to its grand setting there is a good range of places to eat and drink inside its Galleria, with great views down onto city and harbour, and across to Lamma Island.

  3. The Peak Lookout

    This much-loved, up-market drinking and dining favourite boasts a lovely garden terrace, great food, an excellent wine list and a friendly ambience.

    Terrace dining
  4. Barker and Plantation Roads

    These usually quiet (although pavement-free) roads are worth wandering for a peep at some of the Peak’s pricier properties, including

    23 Severn Road
    (see World’s Most Expensive House). Most have amazing harbour views. But dream on. You would have to be a millionaire just to afford a two-bedroom flat here.
  5. Pok Fu Lam Country Park

    For a gentle half-hour ramble, head down Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road, then catch a bus back into town.

  6. World’s Most Expensive House

    In 1997 an offer of HK$900m for the newly built property at

    23 Severn Road
    was incredibly refused. Weeks later, prices crashed, and by 2001 the house was valued at a “mere” third of the price.
  7. Victoria Peak Garden

    The steep struggle up Mount Austin Road or the longer route along the Governor’s Walk to these well-tended gardens is worth the effort. The viewing platform faces Lamma Island.

  8. Old Peak Rd

    The old footpath up to the Peak before the Peak Tram arrived is pleasant and shaded. But the traffic can be busy at the bottom of Peak Road so it’s best to detour onto Tregunter Path near the bottom.

  9. View near Summit

    The summit itself is fenced off and covered by telecom masts, but the views from the edges of Victoria Peak Garden are excellent.

  10. Lugard and Harlech Roads

    The effortless way to see most of the best views on offer from the Peak is on the shaded, well-paved, 2-mile (3-km) circular walk along Lugard Road and Harlech Road. It also makes a terrific jogging track with a view.

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