Victoria Harbour Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

Vic­to­ria Har­bour Hong Kong from Vic­to­ria Peak

When you pic­ture Hong Kong this view is per­haps the most com­mon. It’s cer­tain­ly the most acces­si­ble view from any of the moun­tains sur­round­ing the city, as you can take a tram or bus to the top and walk along the path sur­round­ing “The Peak” (What the locals call “Vic­to­ria Peak” on Hong Kong Island) for some pret­ty spec­tac­u­lar views of the city, although hik­ing to Vic­to­ria Peak is my favorite way to get there.

View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

View of Hong Kong from Vic­to­ria Peak

You can take a bus or tram up here but if you have an hour or two to spare I’d rec­om­mend walk­ing. You pass through some inter­est­ing neigh­bor­hoods, get pro­gres­sive­ly bet­ter views of the city as you ascend and get to see the tram going up and down as well as read some of its his­to­ry along the way. Addi­tion­al­ly at times you will feel like you’re walk­ing through the jun­gle, a sharp con­trast to the city views.

Hazy view of Hong Kong from The Peak

Hazy view of Hong Kong from The Peak

It’s not very fre­quent­ly trav­eled, so on the week­end when you have a 1 hour wait for the tram in an end­less line of peo­ple, well, take a walk and enjoy!

The Walk:

The path to Vic­to­ria Peak starts just past where the Peak Tram departs from. So if you are think­ing about tak­ing the tram only to dis­cov­er the line is too long, well it’s an easy start to the trail.

Labeled as “The Peak Tram“on Google maps near St. John’s Cathe­dral (in Cen­tral — Hong Kong Island). It’s a 10–15 minute walk from the Cen­tral MTR to here.

Google Map - Central to The Peak Tram

Google Map — Cen­tral to The Peak Tram

Click here for more infor­ma­tion on the tram and to book tick­ets.

Once you reach the tram sta­tion con­tin­ue uphill into the park­ing lot. You will see the WWF build­ing.

Start of Tramway Path. Left of the WWF Building

Start of Tramway Path. Left of the WWF Build­ing

On the left side of the build­ing is a path “Tramway Path” on google maps.

The first por­tion of the path fol­lows the tracks fair­ly close­ly giv­ing you some good views of the tram.

The path is fair­ly clear/well-marked, except a few places where it cross­es a busy street. Just cross the street and you’ll find the path con­tin­ues on the oth­er side.

I didn’t real­ize this until I start­ed walk­ing the path but there are land­ings or tram stops all along the way. If it isn’t a busy day you can actu­al­ly go here and request a tram stop by press­ing the but­ton. There are also inter­est­ing dis­plays with the his­to­ry of the tram at these small stops. Great places to take pic­tures of the tram.

The trail is also marked as the “Cen­tral Green Trail” and once you pass May Road it’s also called “Chatham Path” on google maps.

Above May road it’s a beau­ti­ful green forest­ed sec­tion where in some places it’s hard to believe that you are in HK. There are also a few views of the sky­line and har­bour includ­ing the first views of the Two IFC build­ing where the Chi­na por­tion of  The Dark Knight was shot.

Turn right at Barker Road

Turn right at Bark­er Road

This sec­tion of the trail ends at Bark­er Road. Turn right fol­low­ing the road past the Vic­to­ria House. Keep on the main road, do not turn left up “Hos­pi­tal Path”.

Walk past the Victoria House

Walk past the Vic­to­ria House

There are more city views along Bark­er Road.

The road nar­rows and goes under the tram tracks at the end. Don’t con­tin­ue under the arch. Instead take Find­lay Path, going up on the left hand side.

Con­tin­ue up the path, stay­ing to the right. In about 5 min­utes you’ll come out on the top where you’ll see lot’s of peo­ple, the mall and the upper ter­mi­nus for the peak tram.

Map of Victoria Peak Trails

Map of Vic­to­ria Peak Trails. Down­load to zoom into high-res­o­lu­tion ver­sion.

 

Victoria Peak keep to the right

Vic­to­ria Peak keep to the right

To get to the views con­tin­ue straight past the mall, onto the path going off to the right. This path cir­cles the peak. Walk 5 min­utes or so for the first views. Keep walk­ing fur­ther along the trail for more views.

 

ICC Building at night

ICC Build­ing at night, from The Peak

I think the best time is as the sun goes down. If you have time you can see it dur­ing the day and in the evening.

Sunset on Po Toi Island

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