The Peak

The Peak is the iconic image that comes to mind when I think of Hong Kong. It is a must see when you are visiting. Located on the highest point of Hong Kong Island, you get an amazing view of the city cityscape and the harbor. I especially love the view at night.

In addition to Victoria Harbour, The Peak is the other attraction that makes me say, “Ah, I’m in Hong Kong.” I could spend hours just admiring the beautiful cityscape.

Operating hours (may vary on weekends and holidays):
Peak Tram: 7:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sky Terrace 428: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

How to get there:
One of the most popular way to get to The Peak is to take The Peak Tram. You can get to the tram station where you can purchase your tram ticket and Sky Terrace 428 observational deck ticket at the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus, which is about 15 minutes walk from Central MTR station.

Although taking the Peak Tram is all part of the experience, I prefer getting there by bus. The tram was really busy and I waited in line for about 1.5 hours just to purchase my ticket, and then about another half hour to get on the very crowded tram. It costs HK$45 (about $6) for a round trip ticket, and this is excluding the ticket to Sky Terrace 428 (the observational deck).

My recommendation is to take Bus 15 at the Exchange Square Bus Terminus in Central, Central MTR station exit D. Bus 15 will take you to The Peak Galleria, where there is a free observational deck on the 3rd floor. It’s not as high as the The Sky Terrace 428, but the view is pretty darn similar, and you save some time. This shopping mall is right next door to the Peak Tower, so it’s also accessible by the tram if you choose to take it. You can pay for the bus ride with your Octopus card.

To get back, you could either take the tram or take bus 15 back to Central. I ended up not taking the tram back because the line to go back was also pretty long, so I opted out and took the bus.

img_9817The Peak

I hope this is on your itinerary!

Have a great time!
-Thao

 

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