Victoria Peak is a common place for tourists as The Peak Lookout tower offers extraordinary views of the city below both on Hong Kong Island and over in Kowloon, with Victoria Harbour cutting through the middle.
Somewhat less of a tourist attraction is this pleasant walking trail that circles around Victoria Peak itself. You will mainly pass local joggers as well as the odd motor vehicle on this trail as about half of the trail also serves as a road to some of the most expensive properties in Hong Kong.
Victoria Peak Trail is filled with informative plaques describing native flora and fauna. At every turn along the first half of this trail you will be greeted with exquisite views of Victoria Harbour and parts of Hong Kong Island including Central, Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town.
The most common wildlife spotted along this trail is the eagles which glide effortlessly alongside Victoria Peak. These birds are a sight to behold with their very large wingspans and gliding capabilities.
This hiking trail starts at Victoria Peak which can easily be reached on the Peak Tram at a cost of HK$22 (or HK$33 return), by taxi, or by catching the number 15C Peak Tram shuttle bus from the Central Bus Terminus near Star Ferry pier 7.
The trail loops around to end once again at The Peak.
1. Start at The Peak Lookout Tower.
2. Exiting The Peak Lookout Tower, turn to your right and head towards Lugard Road.
3. You will see signs marking out the beginning of Hong Kong Trail. The first half of this trail follows Hong Kong Trail Stage 1.
4. When you reach the park on your right, continue straight ahead and to the left following the sign pointing towards the Peak Tram Station. This is Harlech Road.
5. Follow Harlech Road until you return to The Peak Tower.
Michael Pieper at Hiking Hong Kong
Website: Detailed photo tour of this hike
The Peak Website: The Peak Hong Kong
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