Victoria Peak Walk - Hong Kong

Tripoto
8th Jul 2013

The Peak Tram

Photo of The Peak Tram by Stephan

The Peak Tram

Photo of The Peak Tram by Stephan

Hong Kong Trail (Lugard Road)

Photo of Hong Kong Trail (Lugard Road) by Stephan

Victoria Peak

Photo of Victoria Peak by Stephan

Victoria Peak

Photo of Victoria Peak by Stephan

Hong Kong Trail (Lugard Road)

Photo of Hong Kong Trail (Lugard Road) by Stephan

The Peak Lookout

Photo of The Peak Lookout by Stephan

Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

Photo of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir by Stephan

Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

Photo of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir by Stephan

Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

Photo of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir by Stephan

Hong Kong is known for its urban vibrancy, its shopper's paradise and Disneyland. What is equally famous here is the Victoria Peak or The Peak, as they locally call it. The Victoria Peak is the highest mountain on the island and provides a panoramic treat of the city for travelers. If you only have a day in Hong Kong, the best way to capture the entire charm of the city is to take a tram up this mountain and walk around the trail. All the parts of the island Victoria harbor, Lamma Island etc. are visible form here and needless to say, at night the lights just enhance the view further. 

Massive tourism on The Peak has led to the construction of two commercial complexes, The Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria. These two structures have many eateries, flagship stores and more importantly a viewing deck where you can enjoy a bird's eye view of Hong Kong. There are various loops you can walk around here to gently take in the breath taking view of the city below.  Take the historic Peak Tram to the top, and then experience the spectacular views of Victoria Harbor. The walk along The Peak's trail ends with a hot meal overlooking the city. This journey is about visiting some of the best spots at The Peak and get the best of Hong Kong. 

Tip: Bring your camera and walking shoes!

The Peak Tram, climbs 373 meters (about 1,200 feet) to the top of Hong Kong Island. Originally created for the exclusive use of the British governor and the wealthy Peak residents when it opened in 1888, today it is one of the Hong's most famous attractions. You can hop into the tram from the Central district of Hong Kong and enjoy the ride as you go through mid-levels giving you a spellbinding view of the harbor and the skyline of the city. This is a direct route to reach The Peak, while experiencing the local transportation. The ride is as fun as the destination.
Photo of Peak Tram, 香港中環花園道 by Stephan
The Peak Tram, climbs 373 meters (about 1,200 feet) to the top of Hong Kong Island. Originally created for the exclusive use of the British governor and the wealthy Peak residents when it opened in 1888, today it remains highly trafficked and is one of the Hong's most famous attractions. You can hop into the tram from the Central district of Hong Kong and enjoy the ride as you go through midlevels giving you a spellbinding view of the harbor and the skyline of the city. This is a direct route to reach The Peak, while experiencing the local transportation. The ride is as fun as the destination.
Photo of Victoria Peak, Victoria Peak, Central, Hong Kong by Stephan
Photo of Victoria Peak, Victoria Peak, Central, Hong Kong by Stephan
Photo of Victoria Peak, Victoria Peak, Central, Hong Kong by Stephan
Photo of Victoria Peak, Victoria Peak, Central, Hong Kong by Stephan
Photo of Victoria Peak, Victoria Peak, Central, Hong Kong by Stephan
Photo of Victoria Peak, Victoria Peak, Central, Hong Kong by Stephan
Photo of Victoria Peak, Victoria Peak, Central, Hong Kong by Stephan
As mentioned before the Victoria Peak has various trails to walk along. Mount Austin Road is a trail surrounded by lush green forests and abundant wildlife. The walk is quite scenic and at the same time easily accessible. The Mount Austin playground is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the moment. This 5 to 10-minute walk is refreshing. Chinese locals, Peak residents and tourists come here to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Photo of Mount Austin Road Playground, 香港柯士甸山道 by Stephan
Photo of Mount Austin Road Playground, 香港柯士甸山道 by Stephan
Lugard road is a semi-circular walking path that joins with the Harlech road to form a loop around the peak. The whole trail takes around 50-60 minutes to complete and leaves you back at the tram station. The trail provides an excellent opportunity to marvel at the scenery around. Exit the Mount Austin Playground and keep left until you meet Lugard Road. From there you will begin the loop around the Peak. At the end of Lugard Road, turn into Harlech Road, which will bring you back to your original starting point. You can observe the gently packed city beneath, as you want along the tropical greenery that surrounds the trail.
Photo of Lugard Road, The Peak, Hong Kong by Stephan
Photo of Lugard Road, The Peak, Hong Kong by Stephan
This restaurant has a beautiful open garden terrace with views of Aberdeen and the South China Sea. It is an oasis of calm amid the crowds that gather at The Peak and a popular breakfast spot. Formerly, the place of the popular old Peak Cafe, this place has maintained its vintage authenticity. The restaurant is friendly and warm and offers a memorable dining experience. The menu reflects Hong Kong's historic colonial past and Chinese roots with signature dishes such as Hainan chicken rice and British bread and butter pudding.
Photo of The Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong by Stephan
Photo of The Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong by Stephan
Pok Fu Lam is the oldest freshwater reservoir in Hong Kong built in 1980. The walk takes around 45 minutes and passes through forests and local houses. There are various heritage structures to be found around the reservoir that give a country feel to this place. To get here exit out of the Peak Outlook walk down the hill following the signs to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. Take the wooded path as it descends toward Pok Fu Lam Country Park. The views are beautiful and the walk is invigorating.
Photo of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Rd, Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Rd, Hong Kong by Stephan
The hike ends at the Pok Fu Lam post office. Walk past the reservoir along the edge on Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road until you hit Pok Fu Lam Road. You will see a bus stop there.
Photo of Pok Fu Lam Post Office, 香港薄扶林置富花園富榮苑第H-19座地下 by Stephan
Photo of Pok Fu Lam Post Office, 香港薄扶林置富花園富榮苑第H-19座地下 by Stephan