Victoria Peak Hike, Hong Kong – The Best Way To See Hong Kong

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See Hong Kong from above – do the Victoria Peak Hike

Hiking up Victoria Peak is one of the first things your should do when arriving in Hong Kong. The stunning view and lush surroundings offers the perfect antidote to the busy down town district of Central.

I hike up to Victoria Peak almost every day. It’s a great way to take a break from the hectic Hong Kong life.

Here is my favourite itinerary incorporating a delicious breakfast in Sheung Wan before embarking on a rewarding hike.

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Corner Kitchen Cafe (the spicy huevos rancheros definitely get the nod from me) in the Sheung Wan district. Pastries at Cafe Dead End, scrambled eggs at Cupping Room and vegetarian delights at Grassroots Pantry are also fantastic options.

 

Huevos Rancheros, Corner Kitchen Cafe - 226 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan
Huevos Rancheros, Corner Kitchen Cafe – 226 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan with MARCS bag
Incense spirals, Taoist temple just off Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Incense spirals, Taoist temple just off Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

During our wanderings we discovered an intriguing Taoist temple just off Pound Lane in Sheung Wan – it appeared to be constructed entirely of giant spirals of incense – worth a peek inside.

Taoist temple incense spirals, Hong Kong Sheung Wan
Taoist temple incense spirals, Hong Kong, Sheung Wan
Zara off the shoulder dress hong kong, hiking up Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Walkin’ walkin’ walkin’ in an entirely appropriate outfit for a hike up a mountain…

 

Trails to hike up Victoria Peak

You have four options for hiking up the peak.

The Morning Trail

Make your way up the Mid-Level escalators to Conduit Road and turn right. Walk for around 10 minutes before you reach Hatton Road. There, you start heading up. Once you reach the ‘top’ where it levels out, turn left. You will come to a t-junction. Going left will take you around the front of the peak and gives you views of the famous Hong Kong skyline or go right and head around the back offering views of the south side of Hong Kong Island and Lamma Island. There is a small waterfall on the south side. I recommend walking (or jogging) all the way around in a circle and taking it all in. It’s very flat.

Old Peak Road Trail

Alternatively, wander through the Hong Kong Botanic Gardens and Zoo (or take a cab) and start your accent from Old Peak Road. You will reach the top where mall is. Turn right and you can do the circuit described above. Continue going up to the very, very top of Victoria Peak. This will take you another 30-45 minutes.

The Green Trail

The most quiet, and greenest route is the Green Trail – it’s amazing that within 10 minutes of one of the most densely populated islands in the world, you can feel like you’re in the middle of a remote jungle. The trail almost tracks the tram line all the way up. Get a taxi to the tram stop at MacDonnell Road and start there. There are signs pointing the way. Don’t do this hike if it is raining – you may slip.

The Peak Tram

If you’re not feeling up for a hike, you can take The Peak Tram or a taxi all the way to the top. The tram leaves fairly regularly from Garden Road in Central. Be sure to go early to avoid the queue. The queue to go down is particularly bad – you can be waiting for hours.

When is the best time to hike Victoria Peak?

What we you might expect to be a leisurely stroll quickly became a full-blown cardio workout. Hiking between June – August when the wetware is hot and steamy is tough, so try to get up there early.

The best time to climb Victoria Peak is from October – December. The climb is long and steep but the view at the top was worth every bead of sweat.

Did I mention the sweat?

Victoria Peak Hike trails
Hike up Victoria Peak via the Morning Trail
Victoria Peak Hike trails
See pin drop for the start of the Morning Trail

Victoria Peak Hike trails

What to take on the Victoria Peak hike?

There is a shopping mall at the top with a Starbucks, various restaurants, ice creams shops etc, however, you will need these for your hike:

  • At least one litre of water per person
  • A sweat rag (seriously)
  • A hat or umbrella to shield you from the sun
  • Good sneakers, walking shoes (you won’t need hiking shoes as the trails are paved)
  • Your phone – to catch those victorious snaps at the top and the incredible view of Hong Kong
The view from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
The view from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Celebrate summiting with a treat at the top!

Victoria Peak hike, Hong Kong with I See I See kiwi fruit ice pole
The view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak after a long hike

Have you ever visited Hong Kong? If you are planning a visit to Hong Kong and would like me to recommend an itinerary, get in touch: hello@irislillian.com

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View from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
The Victoria Peak hike is the best way to see Hong Kong

Dress: Zara (stripes not available online)/ Sunglasses: Karen Walker (it looks like these frames are sold out)/ Hat: New Look (last season, but here’s a cute alternative)/ Pendant: Tiffany & Co. /Bag MARCS /Rings Bimba Y Lola & YSL Arty Ring (try Ebay or Vestiaire Collective)

Victoria Peak Hike, Hong Kong – The Best Way To See Hong Kong

3 Comments
  1. Cery says

    Hi, just stumbled upon your blog and love it! I just landed in Hong Kong about 2 days ago and still looking for things to do. I would love a recommended itinerary from you! =)

    1. Elissa says

      Hi Cery, sure I’d love to help you with your itinerary. Feel free to email me at hello@irislillian.com with your dates and I’ll make some recommendations.

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