Victoria Peak

Address: Peak Road, Hong Kong, China

- Free


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Sightseeing
  • History