Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published January 4th 2013
Visit the highest point in Hong Kong for stunning views
When you visit Hong Kong, the Peak Trams are a must see and do. One of the most popular tourist attractions, not only does it offer an amazing platform to seeing the city as you've never seen it before, there is also a multitude of restaurants and shops located at the peak tower.
There are a variety of options to get there, it's also a stop on the Big Bus Tour if you opt to take that way. We decided to do what the locals do so we could see some more of the city (and save few dollars here and there). We took the MTR from Kowloon station to Central Station, then walked to the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower terminus at the foot of the mountain to the peak. The walk isn't exactly a short one, but it was a great sightseeing walk. It's very easy to find the terminus from Central, there are plenty of signs that will point you in the right direction. Also at the terminus, is the peak tram historical gallery.
Once you get there, if you have an octopus card you can use this for entry onto the tram. But if you are on an airport card you will need to purchase tickets. It was $65HKD/$8AUD return for adult tickets at the time we visited.
Riding the Peak Tram is an awesome experience. It's crazy steep, and according to their website, the tram rises to 396 metres above sea level and once you get there the sky terrace goes beyond at 428 metres above sea level. You feel the gravity going up and down that's for sure. It's fun seeing all the buildings look like they're leaning so far over the side.
At the peak, you will enter Peak Tower. To get to the top viewing deck, there are honestly hundreds – ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a tad – but seriously, many escalators to go up and come down on. But it's worth it, because when you get up there, the 360-degree view is awesome. It's amazing to see all the huge buildings we walked past earlier on our way up, to look so small. Some of the buildings were 70-118 floors high!
To commemorate visitors reaching the top, there's a large love heart with messages from people all over the world. I wrote a thank you message and a shout out that it was our honeymoon in 2012.
After getting our dose of a bit of vertical sensation, we hit the shops. Inside Peak Tower there is also a Madame Tussands Wax museum, unfortunately we didn't have enough time to go inside, but it looks pretty cool.
Visiting the Peak was an absolute highlight of our trip, we ended our visit with nice warm cup of hazelnut mochas in Starbucks, the wind was absolutely freezing up there. Remember to look up the weather climate before visiting so you're appropriately dressed.
Rug Up - the breeze can get a little chilly from December to February