One of the most bustling Asian cities, Hong Kong has everything for tourists – good food, fun things to do, easy transport and an enchanting cosmopolitan vibe. When touring this region the two must-visit places in your itinerary should be Victoria Peak and Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. Considering the latter is located at the former, it's really two birds with one stone.
It is undoubtedly one of the most visited locations in Hong Kong. Each year more than 14 million feet walk across the observatory deck. It offers panoramic views of the city and the Victoria Harbour. Although anytime is good to visit the place, evening is usually the best as the city glitters like royal jewels in candlelight and the harbour revels in reflecting lights.
Word to the wise: the place is not a hidden treasure so be ready to wait in queue before you find your perfect spot on the deck. You can capture some stunning shots from the deck and in case you like a pictorial memento have your picture taken by the official camera crew located on the deck. You can choose from standard prints, posters or prints on souvenir items such as mugs and plates.
The observatory deck is located at the Peak Tower, a leisure and shopping centre near the summit of Victoria Peak. Once you're out of the building mosey along the winding footpath for more stunning views of the city and the harbour.
Housed within the same building as the observatory deck, the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Hong Kong is worth a stop. The Hong Kong branch opened in 2000 and today it houses around 100 wax figures that are dotted across two floors. It was the first permanent outlets of Madame Tussauds in the Asia-Pacific region.
You can walk amongst life-size sculptures of local and international celebrities, music icons, sporting legends and popular historical figures such as Picasso, Rembrandt, Mahatma Gandhi, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama, Cher, Lady Gaga, Jackie Chan, Nicole Kidman, Brangelina and many more. Check out the entire list of figures here.
The museum is open daily from 10am to 10pm. Bookings are advisable because tickets are often sold out before you expect. Check the ticket prices and various offer packages online.
View of the Peak Tower
The Peak Tower is easily accessible by tram or road. For a quick overview click here.
The Peak Tram is without a doubt the most memorable way to reach the venue. You will enjoy scenic views of the city as the tram snakes across lush rolling hills. The trams operate daily from 7 am to 12 midnight.
Alternatively, you can reach the Peak by public buses, green minibuses or private cabs. The public bus stop is located at the ground floor of Peak Galleria, another leisure and shopping centre opposite the Peak Tower. For more ticketing details and contact information click on this link.