Victoria Peak is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong offering a bird’s eye view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.
The Peak, as it is known locally, is the highest mountain on the island with an altitude of 552 m (1,811 ft).
There are a couple of ways to get there: The Peak Tram, Bus 15 from Central Bus Terminus, or a taxi from MTR Central Station.
The Peak Tram is very popular with tourists:
A roundtrip ride costs 40 HK$ (about 5 US$) and the wait time is any where between 20 minutes to 2+ hours — longer on clear days, weekends and holidays.
Since I went on a crystal clear Saturday morning, I chose to skip the long line and catch a cab from MTR Central Station.
The Sky Terrace 428 is the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong offering a stunning 360-degree panoramic view.
I chose to skip The Terrace and hike the Victoria Peak Circle Trail instead.
The trail is a gentle 3.5 km hike that winds around the highest point on Hong Kong Island and is worth walking even if you choose to go up in the tower.
I didn’t know about The Peak Circle Trail until I read about it on Big Foot Tour Blog. Be sure to check out their article for more information on the trail.
The Peak Circle Trail begins at Lugard Road:
Here is a helpful map from Discover Hong Kong to give you a better idea:
About 15 minutes into the walk you will start seeing the city peek through the trees.
About 20 minutes into the walk you’ll be greeted with a spectacular panoramic view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island:
It was so peaceful up there.
I know The Peak Tower is one of the most stylish architectural icons in Hong Kong:
But I thoroughly enjoyed my hike with the locals that morning.
So if you want to explore Victoria Peak like a local, be sure to check out the The Peak Circle Trail.
It was one of my favorite things to do in Hong Kong.
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