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Monday, December 16, 2013

how to get to THE PEAK TOWER Hong Kong

I realized that I wasn't able to extensively blog about our Macau-Hong Kong trip in 2011 compared to what I did in Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand so I am attempting to post a couple more helpful tips despite most of my photos wiped out when my computer crashed last year. Yeah, my existing posts are nothing but those shitty pang-inggit posts na di naman nakakainggit so I hope this one could be more useful :p

For us Filipinos, who are so used to, and sometimes sick of, warm weather, December-February is the perfect time to go to Hong Kong as temperature in this tiny territory could drop single digit. I remember experiencing 8 degrees Celsius when we visited in 2011, the lowest I ever experienced. I am sure you heard of the new policy of requiring visa to Filipino National traveling to Hong Kong but worry not if you are staying for not more than 14 days---it's still visa free.

One of the most popular destinations in Hong Kong Island especially for first-timers is The Peak.

view of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon from
The Peak Tower
Victoria Peak  is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. It has an altitude of 552 m (1,811 ft), it is the highest mountain on the island and 2nd in the whole of Hong Kong SAR.

It was Chinese New Year when we visited here in 2011 so you can only imagine the sheer volume of Chinese tourists from the mainland who tried to go here. We came from Central Pier and we tried to take the tram to go up but waiting time was two hours so we had to go there by bus instead. 

The normal 45-minutes ride took us one and a half hours. That's how crowded it was.
Of course the most fashionable way to get to The Peak is via tram as it provides a scenic view of the city below on the way there. But if you don"t have the luxury to wait hours just to get a shot at the tram ride, there are other options to take.

Here are other ways to get there.
double decker bus


1. Peak Tram 
-from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road (reach it by taking bus 15C from the lay-by outside the Star Ferry pier in Central, or walk from MTR Central Station, Exit J2.)

2. Bus 15 
-from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D)

3. Minibus 1 
-from MTR Hong Kong Station public transport interchange.

4. 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)
Frequency : 15 to 20 minutes
Bus fare: HK $ 15. Tram plus entrance fee is HHK$ 56 return and HK$ 45 single journey.

HK$ 25 for Adults and 
HK$ 12 for kids 3-11 years old and Senior Citizens.

Address:Mid Levels, Hong Kong
Tel:+852 2849 0668 (The Peak Tower)
+852 2522 0922 (The Peak Tram)
+852 2849 4113 (The Peak Galleria)


  1. I'm still contemplating on where my first out of the country would be. I'd definitely go back to your blog for some guide. HK is part of my options! :D


  2. Go for it. HK is a good start for your first out of the country trip. Cheers!


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