The Victoria Peak Circle Walk is one of the simplest hikes in Hong Kong but offers some of the most spectacular views. For that reason, it is up there as one of the most popular hikes in Hong Kong and is accessible for all levels of hikers including children, elderly and even dogs!
VICTORIA PEAK HIKE CIRCLE WALK GENERAL DETAILS
Hike Distance: Once you take the tram to the top, the Victoria Peak Circle Walk is just 4km in total.
Hike Duration: The 4km circular loop took me one hour but it will depend on how long you stop at all of the many beautiful viewpoints.
Hike Difficulty: Very low difficulty. There were children, elderly and people walking dogs. The trail was paved the whole way, had railings and very little incline.
Hike Incline: The Victoria Peak Circle Walk Loop had just 55m of incline. However, you gain all the incline on the tram-ride on the way up so you are still up high with a great view.
WHERE IS THE VICTORIA PEAK CIRCLE WALK, IN HONG KONG
The Victoria Peak Circle Walk is a viewpoint that towers over Hong Kong Central. The circle-walk is a loop trail so it can be started at a variety of points and walked in either direction. Most people catch the Peak Tram or transport to the Sky Terrace or Peak Galleria to begin the walk. The Sky Terrace and Peak Galleria are huge malls, which are at the summit. Sky Terrace has a rooftop viewpoint and is a great point to start and finish the Victoria Peak Circle Walk. I’ve marked that on the map below with a pin so you can plan how to get there, but I’ll give you more tips on how to get there in the section below.
HOW TO GET TO THE VICTORIA PEAK CIRCLE WALK, IN HONG KONG CENTRAL
The Victoria Peak Circle Walk is connected to all modes of transport and is very easily accessible. The options below are common routes to reaching the Peak Circle Walk:
- Ride up on the scenic Peak Tram
- Take a taxi, bus or drive up and park in the Peak Galleria parking lot.
- Hike up through Long Fu Shan
Riding the Peak Tram is the quickest and most scenic way to reach The Peak. This is the mode of transport I chose as it seemed to be all part of the experience. The tickets can be purchased at the Peak Tram Lower Terminus (33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong). The tickets cost just 52 HKD as of 2019, which was about $7 USD. Do note, at the sales counter they will try and upsell you to purchase a ticket for the wax museum and other attractions, which were a few hundred HKD. All you need for the hike is the return ticket for 52 HKD.
You may want to consider purchasing a ticket for 99 HKD total including your return Peak Tram ticket. This one is more expensive because it give you entry into the Sky Terrace. I decided to wait till I reached the top, knowing I would be able to decide there once I saw the viewpoint and if it was worth it. Turns out it is a good viewpoint, but there are many other great spots for free along the Lugard Road section of the trail. These are free, of course, and you can see from my photos I had a pretty good view of the city as it was without paying more to be at a crowded viewpoint. It depends on your preference.
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MY EXPERIENCE HIKING THE VICTORIA PEAK CIRCLE WALK, IN HONG KONG CENTRAL
I caught the train to the station near the Lower Peak Terminus and made my way to the sales counter. As I mentioned below, they tried to sell me tickets to the wax museum and a whole bunch of other stuff. I had to be firm that I just wanted a return tram ticket so be sure of what you want before you get into the sales counter and get pressured into looking at wax figures when all you wanted to do was enjoy a walk in nature.
I purchased the return tram ticket for 52 HKD, which ended up being pretty convenient and good value I thought. There are a few little views on the ride up but nothing compared to what you get on the Victora Peak Circle Walk loop. When we arrived I was a bit shocked. There were two huge malls. I mean absolutely massive with fashion stores. I’m not sure who comes all the way up here to go shopping when there are unlimited shops at a ground level pretty much everywhere in Hong Kong.
After navigating my way out of the mall, I made it to the corner of Lugard and Harlech Road after asking someone where the Victoria Peak Circle Walk started. It’s not hard to find but it’s always good to double-check with a local. You can head off in any direction but I highly suggest heading down left towards Harlech Road first. I visited in the late afternoon on purpose. This means you will finish along Lugard Road in the golden hour of sunset. I wanted to be looking out over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon during the golden hour.
So off I headed, my first hike in Hong Kong was off to a relaxing start. That was until I heard some rustling in the bushes. I didn’t expect to find much wildlife in Hong Kong, especially not within reaching-distance of a Gucci Store at the Peak Galleria. Below and behold a huge wild boar was wandering around in the bushes. I would not have predicted that and managed to snap a few photos as proof. Can you spot his eyes through the leaves?
There were lots of people on the trail. A lot of them seemed like locals looking for an escape from the metropolis below. However, lots of tourists frequent this trail as well because of its accessibility and great views. It wasn’t overflowing but there were a few times I was alone on the trail. The first half of the trail didn’t provide many wide-open views but the lush greenery was beautiful. Lots of small birds fluttered about, too quick for me. The trees were an odd combination of tropical, strong bush-style trunked trees and a bamboo forest.
After a couple of kilometers, I turned the corner onto Lugard Road and this is one I began to get glimpses of the city. This is why I had come to Hong Kong to explore the trails. I wanted to see the huge city, from behind the branches of trees and from mountain tops.
I continued along the trail of Lugard Road as I continually peaked through the gaps, admiring the city below. Often wide-open viewpoints with benches made it hard to continue walking. You need to stop many times along the way to appreciate the views. As you can see below, the sun was slowly coming down over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon making it a bit tricky to shoot. However, my plan was to do a full lap of the Victoria Peak Circle Walk and then, because it’s so short, I would return to the best vantage point for sunset and night shots of the city lights.
After completing the loop, I looked up at the Sky Terrace and decided that the view from the Sky Terrace was no better than the views I had seen along Lugard Road. I also didn’t know how I would go launching my drone from up there with the crowds and security so I walked back a kilometer down Lugard Road. Below is a photo of the Sky Terrace.
At one of the viewpoints along the Victoria Peak hiking trail, I found a few rocks up in the trees and climbed up, perching myself in the forest as I waited it out until the sunset started to burn the city to a golden crisp. It was from up here that I flew my drone, shot my sunset city shots and also did my little timelapse setup to get a shot of the city lights. These are the results.
TOP 4 PLACES TO STAY IN HONG KONG
Best Value Hotel: Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay – This 4-star hotel in Hong Kong Central is just $73 and looks like a luxury resort worth 4-times that amount.
Best Hostel: Alohas Hostel – For less than $12 USD, you have a great location in a clean and simple hostel.
Best Value Luxury Hotel: Hotel ICON – $140 for a 5-star hotel with an epic pool. Need I say more!
Best Hiking/Adventure Base: Hotel Stage – In Kowloon and right next to lots of epic hikes, a gateway to the hikes in the New Territories. 4-star ultra-modern and a great adventure base.
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BEST TIME TO HIKE IN HONG KONG
The ‘best’ time to visit Hong Kong will depend on a few factors. The biggest factor will, of course, be the weather. All of these hikes I did were in my month-long stay during December 2019. The weather was quite chilly as it was winter but the sun was still out on at least 60% of the hikes. In the day it was warm most of the time but I always had a jacket for at the summit. The suggest months for hiking in Hong Kong are:
Winter: December to February – Mild weather and pretty comfortable for hiking. Minimal rainfall and still lots of sun during 2/3 of the days. I would suggest the winter after having experienced it myself.
Spring: March to May – Unpredictable weather with some sun and some clouds, Humidity is now rising quite high. Rainfall can happen regularly during the spring.
Summer: June to August – This is not an ideal time to hike in Hong Kong. The humidity is at it’s highest, temperatures can reach 30 degrees daily and rainstorms can be frequent. There are beaches in Hong Kong, more than you would imagine but they aren’t all necessarily close to where you will be based in Hong Kong Central or Kowloon.
Autumn/Fall: September to November – This is rated as the best time to visit Hong Kong. You have nice sunny weather but humidity is at it’s lowest for the year. Rainfall is also low during these months.
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You will need to purchase an ‘Octopus Card’ and then you reload it at the machine at the subway station. I pre-ordered my octopus card through Klook, which meant that when I arrived at the airport I simply picked the card up at the Klook counter and caught the train to my accommodation. It saved me from catching an expensive taxi and figuring out the Octopus card later.
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The airport in Hong Kong is on Lantau Island, which is about 40-minutes away from Hong Kong Central and 30-minutes away from Kowloon. If you don’t want to bother with public transport, you can book a private transfer that will pick you up at the airport and drop you to your hotel (or vice versa picking you up at your hotel and dropping you to the airport). It’s actually not that expensive and can save you valuable time. The cheapest option is actually the coolest and is in a Tesla car, which is pretty cool. I did this to and from the airport for less than $40.
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ARE THERE HONG KONG HIKING AND TOUR GUIDES?
While I did all of my hikes independently, there are a number of affordable tours that will either take you on a private hike or add you to a group experience. I’m comfortable organizing the route, transport, and logistics for a hike in a new region because I’ve done it hundreds of times but if you prefer to have a local lead you then I can recommend checking out the links below, which offer guided tours of some of the hikes you will find on this list. The website to book through is Klook, which is a trusted platform for booking activities and employs local hiking guides who have tons of experience.
They range from $50-$100 and all the other details can be found by clicking on the links below.
Guided Hike: Lion Rock Hiking Tour
Guided Hike: Dragon’s Back Hiking Tour
Guided Hike: Lantau Peak Sunrise Hike
Guided Hike: Tai Mo Shan Waterfall Hiking Tour