Peak Circle Walk

Peak Circle Walk

Peak Circle Walk mapThe top thing to do in Hong Kong is to take in the world-famous vista of Victoria Harbour from The Peak. Some of the best views are on the Peak Circle Walk, which winds around the highest point on Hong Kong Island.

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There is more than one way to circle a peak. Do this walk in reverse, starting around 90 minutes before sunset, and you’ll be looking at Hong Kong Island’s scenic south side in the glow of afternoon light. You’ll be coming around to the north side, with views of the harbour, at just the right time, when twilight gives way to night and the city becomes a galaxy of shimmering lights.

Starting Point

From MTR Central Station, Exit J2, walk to the lower Peak Tram terminus located on Garden Road for the scenic ride up to The Peak. Alternatively, you can take bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus, or minibus 1 from MTR Hong Kong Station public transport interchange. The Peak Circle Walk begins at Lugard Road near the Peak Tower.

Lugard Road
Lugard Road

Built in 1913–14, this road is named after Hong Kong’s 14th governor, Sir Fredrick Lugard. The sections that are narrow, cliff-side paths are called ‘plank roads’. After about 20 minutes, you’ll arrive at the Lugard Road lookout, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of Victoria Harbour.

Harlech Road
Harlech Road

Lugard Road runs into Harlech Road, which will slowly take you back to The Peak Tower and to the end of your lap around The Peak. It takes about 15 minutes to traverse the entire tree-shaded path, or a bit longer if you stop to appreciate the waterfall falling below Mount Austin Playground. Watch out for those joggers rushing past: Harlech Road is one of their favourites.

End Point

The walk will take you back to its starting point near The Peak Tower. From here you can catch the Peak Tram, bus 15 or minibus 1 back down to Central.

Take it farther

If time and energy are on your side, you can turn this leisurely stroll into a substantial walk to Lung Fu Shan Country Park. For something more in between, you can head to Pinewood Battery by turning right onto Hatton Road at the intersection of Lugard and Harlech roads. From here, take a tour of the University of Hong Kong and return to Central on bus 13 from Kotewall Road.

The Peak, Hong Kong Island
Starting point:
Lugard Road
End point:
Harlech Road
Average hiking time:
About 1.5 hours
3.5 km
Replenishing stations:
There is no replenishing station along the route. So before starting out, fuel up at a restaurant or stock up at a store in The Peak Galleria or The Peak Tower.
How to get there
To the starting point:
  • Take bus 15C from Central Pier 8 or walk from MTR Central Station Exit J2 to take the Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road; or,
  • bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D); or,
  • minibus 1 from the public transport interchange at MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit E.

From the end point:
  • Hop aboard the Peak Tram down to the Garden Road Terminus; or
  • take bus 15 at The Peak Plaza down to the Central Exchange Square Bus Terminus.
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