If you have time to do just one thing in Hong Kong, go to the Peak. The same applies if you have lots of time… Go to the Peak! Seven million visitors find their way to the top of this mountain every year. There is a breathtaking view from here, as well as a giant shopping centre that will make any shopaholic’s mouth water.
At 552 metres above sea level, the Peak is the highest mountain on the island of Hong Kong. In the nineteenth century, Sir Richard MacDonnell, the Governor of Hong Kong, built his summer home here because of the cooler climate. Other wealthy people soon followed and the Peak quickly became a mountain for the elite. They had themselves carried up by their servants in litters.
The first tramways were constructed in Hong Kong in 1881, with one line eventually running from Murray Barracks to Victoria Gap on the Peak. This new form of public transport made the Peak accessible to ‘ordinary’ people as well, and quickly gained fame for its awesome views over the city and harbour. It has been one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong ever since.
A visit to the Peak begins with a ride on the historic Peak Tram. The Peak Tram Historical Gallery, which transports visitors back to the nineteenth century, is located below the tram route. There is a replica of the first Peak Tram here, as well as a reconstruction of the cable space where the trams were hoisted up and down.
The best way to explore the Peak while making the most of the amazing views is to walk up. There are three different routes, of which the Hong Kong trail is the longest. In around 45 minutes, the path covers the most sensational vistas of Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon and the surrounding islands in the South China Sea.
The iconic Peak Tower has graced many a postcard and is a symbol of modern architecture. It features dozens of shops and restaurants, and shopping here is truly taken to new heights. From the hippest fashion chains to more traditional Chinese shops, it can all be found here. Enjoy a break on the Sky Terrace with more fantastic views.