HONGKONG ATTRACTION: VICTORIA PEAK
The Victoria Peak or also well-known as simple The Peak is one of the iconic and most prominent tourist spots in Hongkong. In fact, most would say that the shopping spree in Hongkong would not be complete without having a glimpse of the magnificent view from the highest point of the city. It is a unique and adventure-filled experience that all must try in visiting the place. To reach The Peak, one would have to ride the Peak Tram because this is also considered as the most fun way (due to the panoramic views that it offers) and the most convenient way (less transportation traffic) of going to The Peak.
Established and built in the year 1888, the Peak Tram is indeed a well-preserved historical site in the country. It is one of the world’s oldest funicular railways. It rises to a total of 396 meters, which is approximately 1,300 feet above the sea level. At the top, you will get the impression that the buildings that you are passing by are kind of inclined in position, this is because The Peak is sheer at that level. It passes to four different stations: the Kennedy Road; MacDonnell Road; May Road; and Barker Road. If you would like to stop on one of these stations, you will first have to request that as you board the tram (by clicking a button inside your carriage) since it does not usually stop to those stations. No matter what your direction is (going up or down), you will surely enjoy the experience of this historical and unique tram.
The Peak Tramway is a funicular railway in Hong Kong, which carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island. Running from Central district to Victoria Peak via the Mid-Levels, it provides the most direct route and offers good views over the harbour and skyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Taking the Peak Tram is in itself is an experience. The slopes were very steep and somehow it gives you a feeling of riding a roller coaster that is just big and slower and more stable of course. The Peak Tram’s route from Central district to Victoria Peak covers a distance of about 1.4 kilometers and a height difference of just under 400 meters. The line has two pronounced curves, one to the left immediately after leaving the lower terminus, and the other to the right in the upper half of the ascent. The gradient also varies considerably throughout the ascent. It is a single track route and a passing loop, with two trams.
The Peak Tower has been developing into something beautiful starting from the year 2016 and up to now. The tower all in all offers fantastic shopping, dining, and sight-seeing experience. All you have to do is try to move around the entire area and search for the perfect souvenir or product that you are looking for. With the variety of products being sold here as well as the amazing stores available, it is impossible that you will not get to choose and buy products.
The dining with a view is one of the highlights of this place. It provides the diners with a 360-degrees panoramic and scenic view of the City. Similarly, the Sky Terrace (428 meters above sea level) is also a perfect spot for those who would like to experience and see a different level of sightseeing activity. There are also available artworks created by the place’s talented artists available as an exhibit in this place, making it suited for the art enthusiasts! Hongkong has a lot of things to offer. Starting from The Peak Tram going to this amazing and luxurious The Peak Tower, it will surely be a beautiful journey for you as you include this in your bucket-list of places to go. Final note just is cautious about visiting the area since it might be a little more crowded during holidays.
MADAM TUSSAUDS WAX MUSEUM
Within the building is the Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, we didn’t enter anymore due to lack of time.
Located at the Peak Tower on Hong Kong Island in Hong KongMadame Tussauds Hong Kong is part of the famous chain of wax museums pioneered by Marie Tussaud of France. It is one of the only two permanent Madame Tussauds museums and the first in Asia. Another branch is in Shanghai which opened in 2006. The Madam Tussauds Wax Museum Hong Kong branch houses nearly 100 wax figures of internationally-known personalities, with Asian personality figures taking up more than a third of the total, of which sixteen were Hong Kongers.
HOW TO GET TO VICTORIA PEAK
Peak Tram Lower Terminus :
Tel :(852) 2522 0922
Fax :(852) 2849 6237
The best way to reach Victoria peak is through the Peak Tram. You can reach The Peak Tram Lower Terminus by public transportation or by foot from the MTR in Central.
You can buy your ticket for the tram the moment you reach the lower terminus.
Peak Tram Operating Hours :
7 am to 12 midnight(Monday-Sunday & Public Holidays)
Frequency: Departs every 10 to 15 minutes
Sky Terrace 428 Opening Hours :
10 am to 11 pm (Monday to Friday)
8 am to 11 pm(Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Getting to The Lower Terminus by Foot
From MTR Central Station walk towards the J2 exit and go up to the ground level. The moment you reach the ground level, turn right, you will pass through Chater Garden then cross Queen’s Road Central. From there find your way up to the Garden Road. You will know that you are on the right track when you pass the Bank of China Tower, the Citibank Plaza will be on your left while the St John’s Cathedral is on your right. It would be best if you have the google map with you.
Getting there by Peak Tram Shuttle Bus
At the Central(Near Star Ferry Pier 8) Bus Terminus take the Peak Tram shuttle bus No. 15C
Daily : 10:00 am to 11:40 pm(from Man Kwong Street outside Central(Pier 7) )
Daily: 10:15 am to 11:55 pm (from Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus)
Frequency: 15 to 20 minutes
The easiest to get there, of course, is by taxi. Tell the driver to take you to the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus
If you have the map with Chinese characters or google map, you can show it to the driver especially if he is not speaking in English.
Listed below are other public transportation to bring you to the lower terminus.
Route No. 15(First Bus) Normal
Central Pier 5 to The Peak
Daily : 10:15 am to 12:15 am(from Man Kwong Street outside Central(Pier 5))
Daily : 9:10 am to 1:00 am(from The Peak)
Frequency: 7 to 15 minutes
Fare: HK$ 9.80
Route No. 15B(First Bus)
Wanchai Convention Centre to The Peak
12:00am – 7:00pm (from Wanchai Convention Centre)
12:40am – 7:40pm (from The Peak)
(Available on Sundays & Public Holidays only)
Frequency: 20 minutes
By Mini Bus
Minibus No. 1
Central(Two IFC) to The Peak
Daily : 6:30am – 12:00am (from Central)
Daily : 7:10am – 12:25am (from The Peak)
Frequency: 10-12 minutes
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