The Peak Tower certainly requires no introduction. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hong Kong; its name not-so subtly suggests that it’s situated right on top of Victoria Peak; and with an elevation of 369 metres above sea level, it boasts spectacular 360-degree views of Hong Kong. So whenever the weather is fine, be sure to pop over to the top for some breath-taking panoramas.
While it’s easy climb up to The Peak by bus, minibus or taxi, there really is no better way to reach the top than taking a ride on the Peak Tram. Because of this, queues for tickets to ride the Peak Tram can stretch around the block during weekends. But don’t worry, the line can easily be bypassed if you have an Octopus Card. (Don’t know what an Octopus Card is? Then click here to learn more.) With your Octopus in hand, simply head over to the right left side of the entrance where you can tap your card at the turnstile, and you can be on the next tram up.
*Here’s an extra tip: be sure to sit on the right side of the tram when you ascend, so that you literally have a front row seat to some stunning views of Hong Kong.*
Once at the top, there’s a lot you can do. You can either climb straight to the observation deck for some Instagram-worthy photo opportunities or dine with a view at some of the better choices available. These include Bubba Gump, the only casual restaurant based on a motion picture (can you guess which one?), and Wildfire+, which dishes out thin crust pizzas cooked in an open-flame oven.
When you’re done exploring The Peak to your heart’s content, it’s time to head back down to the Central. Of course, you can take the Peak Tram back down, but if the lines are long, head over to the bottom of The Peak Galleria which lies behind the The Peak Tower, where a bus terminal has taxis, buses and minibuses that will take you to the city. Neat!