Well, and let Victoria Peak in Hong Kong be a common sight, but mountains are high! I try everywhere, climb as high as possible and see how it will look from a height., from below I already looked at Hong Kong. The only thing I decided to stand out in was to go up to the observation deck on foot, and go down from it with my feet too. True, I did not plan it directly on purpose, she just happened, walked, walked, but came. And on the tram then another time, I'll be healthier 🙂
The content of the article
- one How to get there on foot
- 2 How to get there by bus
- 3 How to get there by tram
- 4 Victoria Peak Observation Deck
- five Mornig Trail - 3 km around Victoria Peak
- 6 Descent to Pok Fu Village
- 7 On the map
How to get there on foot
When I was at the end point of the miracle staircase, or rather the world's longest escalator, then, after all, do not go down, the most it is to continue on the way.
So you come to the Central or Hong Kong metro, reach the escalator, it is very close there (there is a map in my post about it) and go up to the very top (it will take about 20 minutes). Then turn left and find yourself on Conduit Road, along which you reach Old Peak Road, walk there for 300 meters. At first, Old Peak Road looks like an ordinary street (the first 500 meters), and then goes into the forest and is already an asphalt path in the forest. It is difficult to pass the turn into the forest, there is a sign that promises that in 30 minutes you will reach Victoria Peak. Does not lie.
The path can be shortened a little and turn off Conduit Road to Hornsey Road, but it doesn't matter, everything is close by..
With each step, people became more and more, although they went down, it seems so easier. Through the jungle, along an asphalt mountain path, I walked out to a shopping center. Yes, yes, how could it not be in such a place, this is Hong Kong, here you constantly have to buy something, and then, like a shark, you will drown without moving. Moreover, there are even two shopping centers, which apparently tried to surpass each other in height, and one won, it turned out to be one floor higher, where I went (Peak Tower).
There is another way to get to Victoria Peak on foot - from the Peak Tram station along the rails. In my opinion, the path is less interesting than the escalator, but it suits well those who came to the tram and decided not to stand in line for several hours. You can just go and walk up Garden Road along the tram line. There are signs, and the path is a path and periodic ladders..
How to get there by bus
The most budgetary way to get to the top is by bus, even more budgetary is only on foot. You need to get off at the Central metro to get to pier 5 or 7, where there will be a bus stop. You need bus number 15, it goes from the pier to the top. There is also a bus stop near Exchange Square, which is not far from the Hong Kong metro (exit A2) or Central (exit F).
Travel time is 30-60 minutes depending on traffic jams. The road is mountainous and winding, with excellent views along the way. You can also go downstairs by bus.
Fare 9.8 HKD.
How to get there by tram
It is not necessary to climb Victoria Peak on foot, there is another more popular and easier way - the Peak Tram. Its only drawback is that there can be a lot of people and you will have to stand in line, either in one direction or in the other.
By the way, if you buy a ticket for the tram and the entrance to the observation deck (Peak Tram Sky Pass) right away, it will be totally cheaper. Here is my post about the tram, where I wrote about everything in detail when I went upstairs on it (prices, where it departs from, etc.).
Victoria Peak Observation Deck
Entrance to the Victoria Peak Observation Deck costs HKD 48/24 (Adult / Child). And here they also accept Oktopus maps, convenient, however. For binoculars, you need to pay 5 HKD each, but there is nothing special to look at there, I checked. By the way, the site is located much lower than Victoria Peak itself, which is a pity. The maximum height of the mountain is 552 meters, and I was at 428 meters, it's not for nothing that the site is called Sky Terrace 428.
Viewing hours: 10 am to 11 pm (Monday-Friday) and 8 am to 11 pm (weekends and holidays).
Many more advise to look at Hong Kong in the evening. I support it, it's a good idea, the view will be spectacular if there are no clouds. I was unlucky enough to see a cloudy Victoria Peak. On the other hand, there is something in this too.
Mornig Trail - 3 km around Victoria Peak
In fact, you shouldn't linger too much on the observation deck. It is best to wind a circle around Victoria Peak, called the Mornig Trail. It will take about an hour, although it is only 3 km to go there. On the way, you will meet the amusing India Rubber Tree, as well as a decent amount of views of the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. And, as it seems to me, even more interesting than from the top floor of the shopping center.
And if you are a trekking lover, then there are several routes leading from Victoria Peak in different directions. Most of them are downhill, and some are further east. Since I was here already in the afternoon, the path down was chosen, but not in the standard direction from where the tram arrives, but to the south.
Descent to Pok Fu Village
The descent took no more than an hour, and I went out to the village of Pok Fu Village, which still looks like Hong Kong 50 years ago: barracks, barracks and once again barracks. Immediately I also tasted interesting bananas, which I had never eaten before. Thick, and tastes like a mix of banana and kiwi, sour in general, I recommend.
After walking a little more along the highway and sleeping areas in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, I took bus 38 and drove to the MTR (Hong Kong subway map). The walk turned out to be a wonderful one, but all the same it was necessary to start it earlier so that you could go on an even longer route..
On the map
P.S. And the next day I went to Big Buddha, that on the island of Lantau is also an interesting and worthy place.