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The Peak(Victoria Peak)

The Peak(Victoria Peak)

With an elevation of 545 meters, the Peak is the highest point located in the northwest region of HK. Paying homage to HK the peak was called Victoria Peak (扯旗山). It is not only an exclusive residential district, but one of the most famous and popular tourist resorts in HK where you can overlook the harbor and city view. Walking on the peak you can appreciate the skyscrapers, and beautiful green hills. Looking around in Lugard Road you can take in the entire harbor. The Lion Pavilion, the Peak Galleria and Sky Terrace all have amazing scenery that you should take advantage of seeing.

Taking a cable car to the Peak overlooking the Victoria Harbor is an unforgettable experience. The cable car carried by cable wires goes up slopes as high as 373 meters (about 1,200 feet). It is an amazing view from this distance. This is something you won’t want to miss.

Historical legend

In 1796 BC and 1820 BC when Zhang Baozai, a pirate, was stationed in west military camp and east camp at the foot of the Peak and used the hill to prepare for war. Once he observed merchant ships passing by he would wound inform the military camps to hijack the ship. Thus, the name 扯旗山 was given.

In 1842, HK was colonized and governed by the British. They hung the Union Jack to declare the sovereignty of HK. Later, a British named John Gardiner Austin who served as Colonial Secretary of HK (May 7, 1868 to April 4, 1878) renamed the peak as his name. Later, he quoted the name of Queen Victoria and gave the peak the name “Victoria Peak” which is still widely used today.

Later, John Gardiner Austin, Colonial Secretary of HK (May 7th, 1868 - April 4th 1878) renamed the Peak as his name. Shortly after, however, he changed it back to Victoria Peak which is still in use today.  

Main Attractions

On the peak there are many facilities for tourists to take in the Victoria Harbor and Kowloon. The night view of HK’ skyline is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful. The Lion Pavilion and the open Victoria Peak Garden and Peak Galleria are ideal places to visit especially when the sun is setting. Additionally, if you enjoy hiking you should check out the HONG Kong Trail. The newly-built Peak Tower has also become a new attraction for visitors.

The Peak Tower has been shaped into a bowl, allowing you to sightsee, relax, shop and eat delicious foods. Standing on the top floor of the Peak Tower on the Sky Terrace you can have a bird’s-eye view of the city including the many skyscrapers in Waichai, Tsim Sha Tsui and Victoria Harbor.

Not only is the Peak Tower a beautiful sight, it is also perfectly located. At the highest point of the Peak Tower at 428 meter elevation, you will be intoxicated by the amazing scenery.

Transportation Information

Visitors can take a cable car to climb the 380-meter hill. Since their initial introduction in 1888, cable cars have always been the safest transportation methods. At 4 meters long, it only takes about 8 minutes to get to your destination. The business hours are from seven in the morning to midnight and they run every 15 minutes.

1. The best way to get to the peak is by taking a cable car. It only costs about 20 yuan and takes 8 minutes.
2. By no. 1 special minibus west of the assembly hall.
3. By no. 15 double-deck bus at the bus terminal in Trade Square.
4. By no. 1 green bus in the public transport interchange at HK station of the MTR.
5. By cable car at the terminal in Central (Garden Road) or take 15C bus outside 6 Central pier or set out on foot from the J2 exit of Central station.