Victoria Peak

Price guide: Free

Peak Road, Hong Kong

Price guide: Free

Victoria Peak
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By Ed Peters, your Hong Kong expert

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#4 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Victoria Peak

The must-see that's on everybody's list - and with good reason.

Victoria Peak (552m) is mostly called The Peak nowadays - verbal shorthand rather than any political correctness. The most exciting way to arrive is by taking the open-topped double decker bus from Star Ferry, followed by the Peak Tram, which is actually a funicular.

I can't recall an occasion when I've had the place to myself - there are usually hundreds goggling at the view - Central, harbour, Kowloon, mountains - posing for photos, and trudging in and out of the malls here. The good news is that most people fail to experience the best bits: a walk around The Peak along Harlech and Lugard roads (flat, and actually more like a paved trail, though wide enough for the occasional limo), which grants a 360 degree view; a walk up Mount Austin Road, to Victoria Peak Garden; and the ultra steep descent down Old Peak Road which leads back to Central. Sedan chair carriers used to lug their passengers up here: I'm not sure what they got paid, but however much it was, it wasn't enough.

Price advice: 

Totally free, apart from transportation.

Expert tips: 
Check the weather forecast or look out of the window. Smog/haze, blights the trip here.

More information on Victoria Peak:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Mountain, Park / garden, Viewpoint
Address:
Peak Road, Hong Kong
Months open:
All year round
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both
Free tags / Keywords:
tradition

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Community comments (2)

The best view in the world! The Peak Lookout restaurant is great too - grab a table outside with views of Lamma Island.

The best view in the world! The Peak Lookout restaurant is great too - grab a table outside with views of Lamma Island.