Review and Rating on Victoria Peak Hong Kong
The Peak Tower
The Peak Galleria is somewhere with good view
Spending – 4
Spending at Victoria Peak, or simply “the Peak” as it is more referred to, is very flexible. You could enjoy a luxurious dinner with stars and neon lights beneath you at the Peak Tower, or you could stop by Pacific Coffee or fight for your fries at the long lines at Burger King. Riding the Peak Tram to the top is a great experience but as a backpacker you do also have the options to hike up or take public buses and vans.
Sunset at the Peak – NICE!!
Gorgeous View even in the shopping mall !!
Night View at the Peak
View – 5
The Hong Kong night view is deemed to be one of the top three in the world, alongside Japan’s Hakodate and Italy’s Naples. The skyline is already spectacular viewing from the harbor front; the panoramic top view from Victoria Peak allows you to see further and wider including the lights from residential areas and thus making the view even more dynamic and stunning. The amazing view is not limited to night time only. In the day time you can see the very beautiful architecture of all these high risers, and it is so romantic to be soaked under the orange-pink beams during sunset. As you may have expected, weather conditions means everything to your peak visit. Climb up the Peak on the first sunny day during your Hong Kong visit or you will totally regret on the cloudy, foggy or rainy days afterwards.
The Peak Tram
How can you miss the classic feeling Peak Tram??
Convenience – 3
There are many routes to the Peak. The most direct and entertaining one is taking the Peak Tram from Central. Tips – although the Peak Tram terminus is located in Central, it is actually closer if you walk from Admiralty MTR (metro) station than Central MTR station. The little red Peak Tram has a very retro feeling with wooden interior. Most of the time the Peak Tram is packed so make sure you get hold onto something because you will stand tilted while the tram pulls itself up slowly on a slope uphill. There are also buses, vans and taxis that could take you up to the top. On top of being cheaper these public transportations provides the best benefits of relatively shorter (but still long) waiting times as they are more frequent and carry more passengers.
The Peak Tower – with sunset highlighting … beautiful !!
The Peak Tram riding
Wooden Interior of the Peak Tram
History / Culture – 2
The Victoria Peak isn’t the highest point in the whole of Hong Kong, but is the highest point on the Hong Kong Island. In the old days the Peak was home for 30-40 families and the way to get home was either on foot or on the sedan chairs. The Peak Tram was built in 1888 as the first cable funicular in Asia mainly as a means of transportation instead of for tourism. The Peak Tram made its Hollywood debut and was featured in a 1950s movie. The Peak Tram and the Peak Tower have both been evolved many times till now, but old vantage points also remain.
Lion Pointing West at the Peak
It’s actually a shopping mall inside the Peak Tower
Overall – 5
Even the Hong Kong Tourism Board says, “If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to the Peak. If there are many things you can do here, still go to the peak.” It’s totally true. Only that you will need the luck of a good weather (which is not difficult in Hong Kong) and the patience to line up for transportation uphill.
Photo by Matt Watts, ironypoisoning, gregw66, maltman23, HBarrison, jparise, mooglet, bsterling and emleung, under creative common