Anyone who has been to Hong Kong would normally rave about the great shopping experience, exquisite Chinese food, and the amazing sights! One great place to experience while in Hong Kong is the famous Victoria Peak, situated high above the dazzling Hong Kong skyline.
Victoria Peak is on the western side of Hong Kong Island and is known to be the highest point in Hong Kong as it stands at 552 meters above sea level. This is a favorite among tourists, families, and even teenagers who are looking for some quiet time and would like to escape the busy life downtown. Enjoy a panoramic view that stretches from Victoria Peak to Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, New Territories and other islands of China as far as your eyes can take you.
From your Hong Kong hotel, you can reach the Peak through a number of ways:
RIDE THE PEAK TRAM â€“ You can access the Peak Tram by going to the Peak Tram Terminus on Garden Road which is just a short walk away from the Central MTR Station. Upon arriving at this MTR Station, you have to use the J2 exit then turn right and pass through Chater Garden and cross Queenâ€™s Road Central to reach Garden Road.
The Peak Tram is a personal favorite of mine as reaching the Peak through the Peak Tram is not only the quickest way but is the most exciting. Thereâ€™s also no need to worry about this ride as this is known to be safe and there had never been an accident in the long history of the Peak Tram.
It runs every single day, even during Sundays and holidays, from 7:00 am to 12:00 midnight. It departs every fifteen minutes and the ride in the tram lasts for about seven to eight minutes each way. A two-way ticket for an adult passenger is also relatively affordable at HK$33(US$ 4.25). If you plan to try this out, I highly suggest that you go there very early to avoid long lines.
This year, the Peak Tram is also celebrating 120 years (1888 â€“ 2008) of service. Millions of people all over the world who have tried this ride at one point are now celebrating this milestone.
TAKE THE BUS â€“ Yes, you can also board the Peak Tram Shuttle Bus No. 15C which you will find at the Central (Pier 7) bus terminal or you can take Minibus No. 1 also from Central.
HIKE ALL THE WAY UP â€“ You can take a steep walk alongside the Peak Tram but this is not for the faint of heart.
Getting to the Peak is only half the fun! The Peak has a lot of surprises in store for all its visitors:
CATCH UP WITH YOUR SHOPPING â€“ Who says that shopping in Hong Kong can only be done in the city? You can burn those Hong Kong dollars by visiting the various wondrous shops at the Peak that sell jewelry, crystals, gemstones, candies for your sweet cravings, souvenirs, skin care and personal care products, and even gift/novelty items. You can also see popular retail shops there like Giordano, Swatch, Godiva and even Swarovski.
ENJOY A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE â€“ Youâ€™ll also get to savor all sorts of food and delicacies that are of varied cuisines at the Peak. Here youâ€™ll find fine dining restaurants and a lot of casual dining stops that will suit your palate and budget.
For the picky eater, you can try Bubba Gump, Kyo Hachi, Pearl on the Peak or the Tien Yi Chinese Restaurant. If you prefer a less fancy place to satisfy your appetite, you can head to Eating Plus or to Burger King. For your after meal get-togethers, you can have dessert at Ginoâ€™s Gelato or enjoy drinks at Jungle Juice, Pacific Coffee or party hard at the O Bar.
BE ENTERTAINED â€“ Your visit at the Peak will definitely be filled with fun and excitement because of the various forms of entertainment that are available.
You can visit Madame Tussauds and walk among over 100 life-like wax figures of famous people like Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and even the famous Hollywood couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
After having your fill of rubbing elbows with celebrities, then you should try viewing Hong Kongâ€™s splendor at the Sky Terrace and Sky Gallery where youâ€™ll find â€œthe best view in town.â€ The great thing about this place is that you can make reservations for special occasions like parties or even wedding proposals.
COMMUNE WITH NATURE â€“ You can even try these various walking trails around Victoria Peak: Mount Austin Road (lasts for 5 â€“ 10 minutes), Victoria Peak Garden (lasts for 30 â€“ 40 minutes), Hong Kong Trail (lasts for 40 â€“ 60 minutes) or the Pok Fu Lam Country Park Trail (lasts for 35 â€“ 45 minutes).
These Nature Walks will surely leave you even more fascinated with lovely views of Hong Kong. After your stroll, you can walk back or if you are already tired and with sore feet then you can simply ride the bus back to the Peak.
If you enjoy the Peak during the day then you should also stay around to watch the breathtaking sunset and see the night view of Hong Kong from Central to the Victoria Harbor to Kowloon Island. Almost all skyscrapers proudly display colorful lights and you will surely enjoy watching the lighted ships and ferries at the harbor.
So if youâ€™re looking for a different kind of â€œhighâ€ during your trip then you should definitely include Victoria Peak in your list of places to visit in Hong Kong.
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