Hong Kong, April 2018: The weather has held out rather nicely, more sunshine than when I arrived a few hour ago. With the afternoon sun behind lighting up the skyline as if to order, there’s only one thing left to do – take the pictures, again! So, along with the selfie obsessed crowds jostling for the best viewing spot,…well, let the photos speak for themselves.
Along Hong Kong Island and across towards Kai Tak and the old airport runway, which is now a cruise ship terminal…
Looking west of the Kowloon peninsular and another round of land reclamation…
Look, there’s a gap, quick!
Creeping up the hill, these new generation skyscrapers now obscure views of the original Hong Kong Island downtown…
The last hurrah for Victoria Peak – Blue skies and sunshine
When the sun shines, The Peak is Hong Kong’s number one attraction so expect the place to be crowded. Its not uncommon to be queuing for the tram up for around 2 hours! Equally, queuing for the tram down again can be just as agonising. To make matters worse there is a system of queue jumping. Here’s a useful website that explains all, with useful tips on trying to beat those queues – Click here
By far the quickest, easiest and stress free option is to take the Peak Bus 15 from Exchange Square, (Google Map) but for those insistent on a tram ride then consider taking the bus up, tram down. Beware the weather may deteriorate with visibility reduced to zero in fog by the time one arrives at the peak station.
Food and drink is priced as per tourist trap (maga expensive) thus bring a few snacks and a bottle of water if one wants to save a considerable amount of money!
Overall its a good experience when the sun shines which sadly isn’t that often. Mist and low clouds often shroud the peak and during my 9 days in Hong Kong I’d say 2 of those were good days for the peak!
So, heres a quick recap of the costs: Star Ferry from Kowloon 54p return. Bus to the Peak £1.96 return. Coffee at the tram station mall £3.30.
In my opinion: The tram that originally was the locals method of transport up and down is now nothing more than a tourists gimmick.The bus ride offers great scenic views of other parts of the Island, therefore I’d recommend taking the bus every time!