Witness Hong Kong’s Bucket List View at The Peak

I am a huge fan of going to one of the highest places in each city I visit to check out the view and to get my bearings. In Florence it was the top of the Duomo, Seattle the Space Needle and Georgia’s St. Simon’s was a lighthouse climb.  And almost every city has some sort of pinnacle that requires stairs or an elevator. But seeing Hong Kong‘s best view at The Peak required something a bit more unique, a steep tram ride and several floors of escalators.

Hong Kong’s spectacular bucket list view is from the Sky Terrace at The Peak, the highest 360 degree viewing terrace in the city.

When we arrived at The Peak, the wait was about an hour long, surrounded by a sea of heads. This was reminiscent of the London Eye ferris wheel line, when not using the Fast Track option. How’d I miss the fast track option here?
Hong Kong's The Peak Line

The tram was jam packed and one of the steepest rides I have ever been on, at 27 degrees to horizontal.

I started out standing towards the back, but lasted about two minutes when I squished my butt into a seat. Better the seat than the floor.

I took some comfort knowing that this erect tram was equipped with three stop modes, one of them being emergency stop mode. Though I was truly hoping we wouldn’t be using it today.
The Peak Tram

After the 268 stairs to see Tian Tan Big Buddha the day before, I was overjoyed to see the escalators the rest of the way once we stepped off the tram. Though this was not much of a surprise since Hong Kong boasts the longest outdoor escaltor in the world, the Central Mid-Levels. They must really dig escalators.

Just like the Mid-Levels this ride boasted shopping along the way. Though here it was more shot glass style souvenirs than Asian antiques.

The wait and steep tram scare was worth the stunning skyline view of the city. One of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
Hong Kong's The Peak View
Hong Kong's The Peak View

What has been your favorite view? Have you been the Hong Kong‘s The Peak?

Book a Tour > Walk from the Peak to HK’s South Side for Spectacular Viewsht


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Fodor’s Hong Kong Travel Guide (book)
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Visit an Offbeat Asian Market. Hong Kong’s Goldfish Market.
Eat Dessert First at Hong Kong’s Dessert Kitchen
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2017-03-10T14:01:54+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Categories: Asia, China, TRAVEL|Tags: |


  1. Anita Mac April 30, 2013 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Those city scapes are fantastic! Huge fan of getting to the highest peak to take photos looking down! Gives such fantastic perspective.

    • Annette White April 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Me too. Though some of the views have been more stunning than others, there is always good photo opps!

  2. Allison April 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    My favorite view was on top the arc de triomphe- it was a great view of the city and the eiffle tower!

  3. Agness May 1, 2013 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Me and my friends did a proper hike to get to the peak. The view was awesome! Worth the sweat!

    • Annette White May 1, 2013 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Now that type of physical effort would make the view double worth it!

  4. Elle May 4, 2013 at 8:03 am - Reply

    What a gorgeous city scape! I love being able to make my way to the top of landmarks (and buildings) to get a birds-eye-view of the vista.

    • Annette White May 4, 2013 at 10:49 am - Reply

      This was a real pretty one that I could have spent a lot more time looking at 🙂

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