Those two words, Hong Kong, meaning Fragrant Harbour, tend to conjure up thoughts of skyscrapers and shops, bustling streets and double decker buses, trams and markets. Hong Kong has all of this, but one of the most scenic and enjoyable parts of a visit to Hong Kong has to be a walk around the Victoria Peak.
Standing at 552 metres high, Victoria Peak is a mountain in Hong Kong, located in the western half of Hong Kong Island. Although the summit of the Peak is occupied by a radio telecommuncations facility which is closed to the public, the rest of it is mostly park land which is open to the public, including a circular Hikers’ Trail around the peak, which gives the most magnificent views over the city of Hong Kong, its harbor, and the surrounding islands. The Trail is well laid out and signposted, and a stroll around it is a wonderfully peaceful way in which to spend a day, well away from the hustle and bustle of lively downtown Hong Kong.
The Peak Tram is a funicular railway, which will take you to the top of the Peak, taking only twelve minutes to get from the busy financial district to the top of the Peak. Alternatively, you can catch a bus, (as I did, having chosen the one day of the year that the Tram was closed for maintenance). Both tram and bus bring you into the shopping and leisure centers above the park, composed of the Peak Tower, and the Peak Galleria. At either of these you can grab a nice meal, with fine views, before setting off on your hike.