From Hong Kong International Airport, we took a one-hour bus ride to Kimberley Hotel at Tsim Sha Tsui. After checking in at the hotel, our tour started with a scenic ride at Star Ferry.
Star Ferry transports passengers across Victoria Harbour. Started to operate around 1890s, Star Ferry has become a famous tourist attraction offering a scenic view of the famous Victoria Harbour.
From Kimberley Hotel, we walked our way to Star Ferry Pier. When we arrived at the pier, we were looking where to buy our tickets. Not really quite noticeable, we saw this machine where we bought tokens for HKD 2 each. At the terminal entrance, we used the tokens to get through the ferry. We found out later on our way home that we can opt not to buy tokens as one of the entries accepts an exact amount of HKD 2.
When we finally hopped in the ferry, there were so many passengers. The boat we rode in is not that big and is a little old. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our 15-minute ferry ride.
Getting off the ferry, we walked a few steps from the pier and rode the shuttle bus heading to Peak Tram which we next visited.
Operating Hours and Other Info
Fare Table (One Way)
|Mon – Fri (Except Public Holidays)||Sat, Sun & Public Holidays|
|Adult||HKD 2.50||HKD 3.40|
|Child (between 3 and 12 years old)||HKD 1.50||HKD 2.10|
Operating Hours: 7:20 AM – 11:50 PM
Address: Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
The Peak Tram
Operating since 1888, the Peak Tram, Hong Kong’s first mechanical public transport, is a very steep cable railway that has undergone five generations already. Like the Star Ferry, it offers a scenic ride giving tourists a fantastic view of Hong Kong’s cityscape. They say it is the world’s steepest funicular railway. The eight-minute Peak Tram ride will take you to Victoria Peak which is said to be the highest point in Hong Kong.
We only purchase Peak Tram’s 40-HKD two-way ticket. There are also other packages which you can avail like the combination of Peak Tram, Madamme Taussaud museum and Sky Terrace 428.
Upon entering, we queued together with so many passengers. When the train came, people were all rushing to get into the train. We ended up standing at one end. Expecting the view which I’m hearing from a lot of people, we, unfortunately, were not able to witness it because of the very cold and foggy weather. Inside the train, we hardly see anything. Nevertheless, the ride itself is a one-of-a-kind experience to have.
Operating Hours and Other Info
Operating Hours: 7 AM to 12 Midnight (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)
Frequency: Departs every 10 to 15 minutes.
|Round Trip||One Way|
|Adult||HKD 40||HKD 28|
|Child (between 3 and 11 years old) /
|HKD 18||HKD 11|
The Peak Tram Historical Gallery
Located at the Peak Tram Lower terminus is The Peak Tram Historical Gallery that opened in 2007. It is divided into different sections. It’s a good way to reminisce Hong Kong’s wonderful past.
Tickets, Operating Hours and Other Info
Opening Hours: 7 am to 12 midnight (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)
Admission: Free for Peak Tram passengers at Lower Terminus
The Peak Tower
Reaching Victoria’s Peak summit (via the Peak Tram) is where The Peak Tower is located, a seven-storey building (six levels plus a roof terrace) where you can find the famous wax museum, Madame Tussauds. There are also some food and shopping stores. We spent a few minutes roaming around the shops after which we had some coffee. The coffee place we chose had a good view if it had not been a cold and foggy day.
The Peak Tower actually boasts of its 360° viewing platform, Sky Terrace 428. But since it’s a very foggy day, we opt not to pay for an extra HKD to enter the roof terrace.
How to go to Peak Tram from Tsim Sha Tsui?
One of the popular routes of Star Ferry operates is the run between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. Getting off Star Ferry at Central, we walked from the pier and rode Peak Tram shuttle bus No. 15C and arrived at Peak Trams’ lower terminus.
With a return ticket, we descended back and reach the Peak Tram’s lower terminus again. Right at the exit is the bus stop. We rode bus No. 15C to reach the Star Ferry pier again. The Star Ferry took us back to Tsim Sha Tsui.