“When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” I always say this to myself whenever I am climbing a mountain, visiting a skyscrapper or basically just going to high places. I may have fear of heights but just like the quote, the view from the top always gives me the encouragement to continue my journey and reach the summit. Hong Kong’s The Peak is one good example.
One can get to The Peak by riding the popular Peak Tram. Aside from this transportation being old, one gets to experience as it climbs up 396 meters (about 1,300 feet) above sea level. And as if that is not enough, it is actually leaning with a gradient between 4 to 27 degrees. The view from the tram is already breathtaking but wait till you see The Peak’s Sky Terrace 428.
The tram’s desination is the Peak Tower where you will find the sky terrace. It also offers a variety of souvenir stores, shops and restaurants. It has restaurants that offer great dining with spectacular view.
Located on the roofdeck of The Peak Tower and standing 428 meters above sea level, Sky Terrace 428 offers a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of Hong Kong. One will get to marvel tall buildings for commercial spaces, residential dwellings and centers of government and economy. They do not look as ordinary buildings but a sight in themselves – showing symmetry and harmony in different ways.
During my first visit in 2012, all I saw was fog. I was so afraid to stand at the corners not knowing what lies after that. It was also rainy and windy. It was quite a struggle on our first visit. Good thing was that the tram going up was not so full and we were able to secure seats and experience the thrilling ride. On my second visit in 2013, I was lucky enough to witness Hong Kong’s beauty from the Peak. It was really something every tourist should experience when visiting Hong Kong.
If guests are not yet satisfied with The Peak, they can also visit The Peak Galleria for more restaurants, shops and view decks. Locals like to hold events there as well. In 2012 they had a Dogs Day and in 2013 was a marathon.
|Single and Return Peak Tram Tickets is also available.|
Peak Tram Operating Hours :
7 am to 12 midnight(Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)
Frequency : Departs every 10 to 15 minutes
Sky Terrace 428 Opening Hours :
10 am to 11 pm(Mon – Fri)
8 am to 11 pm(Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
On Foot – From MTR Central Station
From MTR Central station, exit to J2. Turn right to the Chater Garden, cross the Queen’s Road Central and walk up to Garden Road. You will pass the Bank of China Tower, Citibank Plaza and St. John’s Cathedral.
By Bus to Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus
Board the Peak Tram shuttle bus No. 15C at the Central(Near Star Ferry Pier 8) Bus Terminus.
Daily : 10:00 am to 11:40 pm(from Man Kwong Street outside Central(Pier 7) )
Daily : 10:15am to 11:55pm(from Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus)