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April 10, 2014

Visiting Victoria Peak (The Peak) in Hongkong via The Peak Tram

The Peak is one of the major attractions in Hongkong. It offers spectacular panoramic views day and night across Hongkong Island, Kowloon, parts of the New Territories and several of Hongkong’s outlying islands.

Getting there:

We took the Peak Tram to reach Victoria Peak. We were there early (8am) to avoid long queues. We exited Central's MTR Station from Exit J2, walk along Garden Road which is in between The Bank of China building and The Cheung Kong Centre. The walk to the tram station only takes about 15 to 20 minutes but it's uphill so wear comfortable shoes.

We passed by St. John's Cathedral. This is an Anglican cathedral in Hongkong.

Lower Peak Tram Terminus Entrance is at Garden Road. Peak Tram ticket office is on the right and Madame Tussaud's is on the left. You can also buy a combo ticket (Peak Tram, Sky Terrace 428 and Madame Tussaud) to have a priority access to the tram.

There is also an exhibits that include replicas of a first generation Peak Tram carriage and other memorabilia illustrating the history of the Peak Tram.

Once you are onboard, take a seat on the right hand side which has the better view.

The arrival level for the Peak Tram and has Peak Market, souvenir shops,  fashion and accessories shop, post office, foreign currency exchange, cafe and Madame Tussaud. Do not buy from the Peak Market as they are so expensive. Buy in Ladies Market instead.

Because we were so early (sigh), most of the shop were still close and the Madame Tussaud will open at 10am. We just walk around the Peak Galleria and Piazza and took some photos. The weather is so cold and we just stayed at Starbucks to have some coffee.

And after savoring our coffee, we went to the sky terrace to see the panoramic view of Hongkong.

But you have to climb through this dizzying escalators.

Views from the terrace, which is 428-metres above sea level and the highest viewing deck in Hong Kong, on a clear day are stunning. You can see along the length of Victoria Harbour and other parts of Hongkong.

There are binoculars for which there is a charge and there are usually professional photographers touting for business.

 For more information about the Peak Tower see the Peak website;


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