The Peak

  • Lugard Road  - © William Mackesy
  • Lugard Road - © William Mackesy
  • Lugard Road  - © William Mackesy
  • Lugard Road  - © William Mackesy
  • Lugard Road  - © William Mackesy
  • Lugard Road,  over the eastern harbour - © William Mackesy
  • Toward Happy Valley - © William Mackesy
  • West, late afternoon - © William Mackesy

Key information: The Peak

    • Hong Kong's most famous views, from its most famous mountain.
      • Wander along paths and surprisingly quiet roads through beautiful woodland, never far from outstanding views across extraordinary Hong Kong harbour or south to Lamma Island slumbering in the hazy south China sea.
        • Gripping contrasts between one of the most densely populated places on earth, the sheer, thickly forested mountainsides and the beauty of the seascapes.
          • Very crowded near the Peak Tower and around Victoria Peak, surprisingly quiet elsewhere.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating84
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest14
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points8
  • Total rating84
  • Note: Negs: modernity; crowding; pollution.

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Level of Difficulty: Straightforward
Lugard Road - © William Mackesy


The Peak is one of those redolent words great wealth (often trapped in ugly concrete box houses) packed high above magnificent, peerless Hong Kong harbour; a bastion of colonialism (no Chinese allowed to live there until the 1950s); the Peak Tram humming up its impossibly steep track; the typhoons and gin of The Honorable Schoolboy.

Do take the obvious walk Lugard and Harlech Roads (i.e. concreted paths) around Victoria Peak, with its outstanding views over the harbour, its towers so huge that even here, hundreds of feet up, you still have to look up at their tops; then down over the green mountainsides of the South Side toward Lamma Island looming in the hazy South China Sea. Although you will always be in company (with crowds, even, near the Peak Tower, the upper station of the Peak Tram), it is unmissable. A fabulous diversion is to walk 10 minutes down to the WWII battery below High West, with its marvellous views over the western harbour toward the mountains of Lantau spectacular at sunset.

Other routes, however, make gripping walking while avoiding the tourist crowds: the loop of Mount Kellett Road and, even better, circling the eastern mass of the Peak on Severn Road: vast vistas of harbour, hills and sea mixed with snooping onto the villas' most heartwarmingly-ugly of the super-rich.

One of the joys of the Peak is its vegetation it is sufficiently damp and vaporous here for it to feel like cloud forest, with vines, moss and other parasite plants making a comfortable living, thank you very much, on the boughs of the sturdy evergreen trees. On Severn Road, it is a riot of paddle-leaved plants, bamboo and vividly coloured, sculpted foliage. And the birdsong!

There are endless walking options here: swing down steep Peel Rise (below Mount Kellett Road) through particularly fine woodland, to a vast storm drain above the fishing village-turned-factory-town-turned-high-rise-hub of Aberdeen, then contour around the hillsides for miles, emerging back at the Peak Tram to the west, or at Middle Gap, high above Aberdeen Reservoir, to the East.

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Lugard Road,  over the eastern harbour - © William Mackesy

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