The Peak Tramway in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The Peak Tramway is a funicular railway that brings people from Garden Road in Central Hong Kong up to Victoria Peak. It covers a total distance of 1.4 kilometres and goes to an elevation of 400 metres, with the last stop sitting just below the Peak Tower complex. The tramway is used by both tourists and locals to get from lower Hong Kong to the peak.

It has been running for over 120 years built in 1888. It was Asia’s first ever cable car. The original cars were made of slatted timber, with three classes being available. In 1926, the coal-fired steam boilers were replaced by an electrically powered system. Today, the funicular railway is run by a microprocessor controlled technology, with new tramcars that can seat up to 120 passengers.

The tramway became famous in the west when it was used in a few scenes of the 1950s Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune. It was also used in an episode of the popular TV series The Love Boat. The full history of the tram system can be seen in The Peak Tram Historical Gallery at Garden Road Station.

According to a study by the University of Hong Kong, when riding the tram passengers will experience a fantastic optical illusion. When going up, buildings on the right appear as if they are tilting towards the Peak, which is quite an interesting thing to see. Taking the funicular railway up to Victoria Peak is also a great way to enjoy spectacular views of Hong Kong.

Most passengers ride the funicular railway to arrive at the shopping and entertainment complex, the Peak Tower. There are also a number of impressive historical buildings at the top of the peak, including the Grade III No. 1 Lugard Road which houses the tramway office, and the 19th century Grade II Peak Lookout that today is a restaurant that boasts great views of Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

Tens of millions of people ride the tramway to not only enjoy excellent views, but also to arrive at Victoria Peak and other stations between the two terminus stations. A Peak Tram Sky Pass is the best way to ride the tram, as it means discounts on tramway gifts and free entry to the Sky Terrace 428. At 428 metres above sea level, this sky deck is the highest in all of Hong Kong, offering phenomenal 360° views across the region.

Garden Road Station is easily accessible on foot from exit J2 of Hong Kong’s Central MTR station. Also, shuttle bus 15C leaves the Central Bus Terminal every 15 to 20 minutes, terminating at the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus.

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