Hong Kong is unusual for the fact that verdant green mountains are in close contact with the modern city and its skyscrapers. A good viewpoint is Victoria Peak. There are several ways of getting to the top.
If you walk it takes about an hour or an hour and a half. Otherwise the historic funicular Peak Tram, leaving from near St. John’s Cathedral, is an attractive means of ascent, but there are long queues – often from 1 to 3 hours – to get on. If you have an Octopus card, you can use that to pay the fare without having to wait in the queue for tickets. An alternative is tram 15 which leaves from near Pier 5, and takes about half an hour to reach Victoria Peak. There is also a bus that leaves from Star Ferry, or taxis in a ride that costs about HK$40.
Once you are at the top, you will find shops, restaurants, the Madame Tussaud Museum, and the panoramic terrace which gives you the best view, and for which there is a small entrance charge. To avoid crowds, we recommend taking the bus up early in the morning, say from 7.30am to 9am, enjoying the views and then taking the funicular peak tram back down.
The visit is particularly evocative in the evening, when the city is glittering with lights.