Friday, June 04, 2010

Hong Kong: Getting up Victoria Peak 太平山 and the Peak Tram

Despite being to Hong Kong several times, I've never gone up Victoria Peak until now. Victoria Peak is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island and provides spectacular views of Hong Kong and Kowloon, its harbor and skyscrapers.

There are several ways to get up Victoria Peak. The more popular, faster and direct route is the Peak Tram 山頂纜車, a funicular railway that started operations in 1888. Tickets cost HK$36 for round-trip and HK$25 for one way. Children from 3 to 11, and seniors pay HK$16 & HK$9 respectively. The Peak Tram operates from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight everyday.

They have a new viewing deck up Victoria Peak called the Sky Terrace which offers the highest and undisturbed views of Hong Kong. If you plan to visit, make sure you get the Peak Tram Sky Pass which is HK$56 for round-trip (inclusive of Peak Tram and Sky Terrace entrance) and HK$45 for one way. Kids and seniors pay HK$26 and HK$19 respectively. Entrance to the Sky Terrace alone is HK$25.

Up Victoria Peak, we got to enjoy the view at Lions Pavilion. Unfortunately, it was foggy so we didn't get to see the clear view.

Another way up Victoria Peak is by bus. Actually, it's a good idea to take the Peak Tram up and a bus down since the views during the bus ride are nice too. This is what we did. The bus down costs HK$8.40. The buses stop by entrance D1 of the Central MTR Station.

Taxis and private cars are also another way to drive up and down the Peak Road. For those with the energy, walking up the steep Old Peak Road from the Zoological Botanical Gardens is also an option.

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