There are two scenic points every tourist just has to see while being in Hong Kong: just try googline the phrase ‘Hong Kong’ and you will either see Victoria Harbour or Victoria Peak.
While the first attraction is totally free and there is no long line to it (unless you want a picture with Bruce Lee statue then good luck), then the case of the peak is totally different.
Back in 2012 when I went to Hong Kong for a couple of months I had plenty of time to stand in a line, either in Ocean Park – and trust me, you never know what amount of people is really in the line, you see one person but suddenly the whole tour bus joins the guy and claim they all just went to the toilet – or in the tram that goes to the Peak or wherever I wanted to go, I had the privilege of not being in rush.
I can’t remember how much the trip by peak tram costed for the three of us – yes, Momzilla wouldn’t let us go alone because who knows, maybe I would throw Sing down from the peak or maybe we would just sneak to the airport instead and fly away from her. Whatever she was thinking at that time, she came with us and what I DO remember is standing in awful heat for almost 2 hours in the line with Momzilla and crying babies. Of course when I finally got to the tram I was so excited I forgot how awful time I spent in the line was, we took some couple-selfies, bunch of bad quality photos etc. but when I re-think it, once is enough.
Personally I think the tram experience is fun, that’s why you should try it, but all the queuing and money you would spend again to do the very same thing can be spent on something else, somewhere else. This is why back in December 2014 we decided to hike all the way to the peak. It’s possible, you can find many beautiful, scenic paths that will take your breath away but then we realized we would lose our breath probably around 1/4 way to the top because, let’s face it, we would be one of the first people to get bitten during zombie apocalypse. That’s how bad our shape is. So in the we chose to take a bus. Who would know there are regular buses going there?!
We used to live in the Bonaparte Hotel in Wan Chai so we the closest bus that could take us to the Peak was 15 via Wan Chai Gap Park and Police Museum. It costed us only 9.80 HKD which is around 2.50USD for both of us. Great price and very little walking – my type of fun! And the bus ride was fun too, since it kept circling around the hill you could feel like on a mini roller-coaster. Although if you decide to drink your first whole beer, and it happens to be the most awful Hello Kitty-branded beer you probably should stick up with the tram. I made that mistake and I regretted it all the way back.
Once you reach the Peak you will enter from a huge bus station to the Peak Galleria area, which is free of charge but if you want to see the other. ‘more famous’ side of the Peak you will have to buy an additional ticket for 40HKD, but I might be wrong so if the price is different let me know in the comment section. This time we passed, but it’s not that much money and since you saved yourself some time by not standing in a kilometer long line you can use that time to just go to the terrace. Most of the exhibits are also free and that’s why I have that huge-ass awesomely awesome bear filled with balloons or egg-tart finally in a proper size.
Since we didn’t have enough time to eat before our journey we went to 7/11 located in the Galleria, grabbed the most disgusting yet the cutest beer ever, some snacks and walk around the Peak itself. We had our little chit-chats and enjoyed our ‘dinner’. But there’s a really good advice I want to share with all of you – if you happen to be in the same part of the Peak if you keep walking down the path you will see a spot full of people taking pictures – not many people know that it actually has two levels, with almost the same view but VERY FEW PEOPLE. You don’t need to fight over a spot with a professional photographers, not many people will disturb you. We found the stairs by accident and I think that should be your photo spot! Just look at the pictures below and the terrace with two levels is the place you want to go.
In the end I think it was much more pleasant experience and I could enjoy the view more than the first time when I had Momzilla and thousands other tourists who probably thought the same about us. I guess it’s lack of Momzilla that let us have more fun. Of course the choice is in the end up to you whether you want to go there by tram, by bus or using your legs (eventually laying down on the partner and hoping he will give you a piggyback ride).
Also sorry for the terrible quality of photos but apparently without enough light iPhone changes into a magic potato.
Have you ever been to the Peak? Or maybe you have great travel-hacks and advice how to visit famous places without lines, crowds and spening too much money? Share your experience and thoughts!