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Hong Kong’s Peak

‘The Peak’ is one of Hong Kong’s biggest tourist attractions. You ride a worryingly old tram up a worryingly steep mountain 552m high. The tram was built in 1888 and has barely been altered since; apparently this is meant to be part of the attraction to riding it.

It felt as though the tram was almost vertical at times and it would have been impossible to stand up; I found it difficult enough to hold my head up straight as gravity attempted to bend it in some unnatural direction. The tram slowly rattled and creaked and struggled and heaved itself up the mountain and I was extremely pleased to get off at the top and even more pleased when I saw the view.

There was an amazing panoramic view of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Victoria Harbour and on the other side the sun was setting over an equally amazing view. I was pleased we arrived just before sunset as we saw the city in daylight and then when it was all lit up and twinkling through the night.

 

We ate dinner at ‘Bubba Gumps’. Another overpriced tourist trap at the top of The Peak but it was well worth it and we weren’t quite ready to decipher a Chinese menu; this was our first day backpacking so we opted for a bit of flashpacking!

 

 

We ate what felt like half the shrimp in the sea, cooked in every possible way and dunked in every possible sauce. We then sat at the bar with our stools facing the amazing view while we sipped cocktails from tacky, flashing plastic beakers they gave us for free, probably because they felt guilty about charging us so much. The restaurant has amazing views across the harbour where you can see the Symphony of Lights, the world’s biggest nightly synchronized light show. 41 buildings are included in the show and the lights dance through the sky in time to some funky tunes.

Have you ever been to The Peak in Hong Kong?

Please tell me I wasn’t the only one that was scared by the tram and spent a small fortune at Bubba Gumps!

 

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

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  • January 11, 2012

    The way up to “The Peak” with the tram is definitely a bit terrifying but once you made it, you’ll literally “see” that it was all worth it 😉

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  • Jen
    January 11, 2012

    Amazing photos!! That tram is crazy, I love how just because things are old (probably dangerous) they’re suddenly a tourist attraction – I’d love to do it though. I’m a massive forrest gump geek so I’d LOVE to eat at Bubba Gumps, very jealous!! xxx

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  • January 11, 2012

    No but I definitely plan on visiting the Peak when we’re there some time this Summer. Great shot! And.. Mmmmm.. shrimps. 😉

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  • Sophie
    January 11, 2012

    When I lived there it was a treat to go there. I ended up going to Bubba Gump’s on my birthday and we had a seat by the window and could see the symphony of lights going off! Amazing!

    And the park tram really hurts your neck going up doesn’t it?!

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  • January 11, 2012

    Wow views are amazing! great pics xx

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  • January 11, 2012

    Lived in HK for 2 years so have been to the Peak loads of times! But can you believe that I’ve never taken the Peak tram up there? The line was always too long! I miss Hong Kong!

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  • February 23, 2012

    Great post Monica! We’re leaving tomorrow for Hong Kong… is there any amazing food spot we should include in our food blog? Any unmissable thing to eat?

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  • June 9, 2012

    First thought: I REALLY should have tried that restaurant instead of having a Whopper–those shrimp look amazing.

    Second thought: there’s a very good chance you are in fact the first person ever to be scared of that tram. To be fair though, I only took it down, not up. The line at the bottom was ridiculous, so I took a bus instead.

    Third thought: maybe I could write something that’s actually useful. If you have a day to spare, take the ferry across the river to Macau for a nice day trip. It’s well worth it. As a former Portuguese colony, it’s completely different from Hong Kong. Plus you can throw away your money legally in one of the many casinos (including the world’s largest) if you feel you’re too wealthy.
    They also have the world’s highest bungee jump, but you’ll have to sell a kidney to be able to afford it. Not a problem though. Given the safety standards in China, you won’t live long enough to miss it.

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  • Lakshmi
    December 30, 2012

    We’ve been there every year and while we did not blow a small fortune at Bubba Gumps (we blew it on snacks/coffee and shopping!), we’ve felt the same way on the tram. It is so worth it and to date one of our favoritist(?) experiences in the world.

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  • March 19, 2013

    We’re headed to Hong Kong in the end of May and I’m so so excited! I’ll have to remember the tram ride is a bit intense!

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  • March 12, 2016

    Amazing photos ! Hong Kong is awesome & the Peak offers the most spectacular views in Hong Kong. I love to be there again.

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