Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Part 6: Hong Kong -Macau Trip Day 2 - Peak Tram, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Sky Terrace at Victoria Peak (The Peak)

Our second day did not just end with Ocean Park adventure.  Next stop on our list was to check out the SkyTerrace and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.  Both are located in The Peak Tower, on top of the mountain called Victoria Peak or locally known as The Peak.


How To Get There / How To Reach The Peak Tower

Via Public Bus
 Take a bus until you reach the Peak Tower.

Route No. 15(First Bus) Normal
Website: www.nwfb.com.hk
Central Pier 5 to The Peak
Daily : 10:15 am to 12:15 am(from Man Kwong Street outside Central(Pier 5))
Daily : 9:10 am to 1:00 am(from The Peak)
Frequency : 7 to 15 minutes
Fare : HK$ 9.80

Route No. 15B(First Bus)
Website: www.nwfb.com.hk
Causeway Bay(1 King's Road inside Park Towers) to The Peak Sundays and Public
Holidays only : 12:00am - 7:00pm(from Tin Hau)
12:40am - 7:40pm(from The Peak)
Frequency : 20 minutes
Fare : HK$9.60
(Available on Sundays & Public Holidays only)

Via Peak Tram
Peak Tram is a short train going uphill to reach The Peak Tower. Riding Peak Tram is already an experience. The lower terminal is located near St. John's Building in Garden Road, Central in Hong Kong. You can use your octopus card to ride The Peak Tram only or you have the option to buy ticket for the Sky Terrace together with your Peak Tram pass.

The Peak Tram

How To Get To Peak Tram Lower Terminus?

Peak Tram Lower Terminus Via Peak Tram Shuttle Bus

Peak Tram Shuttle Bus No. 15C at the Central Bus Terminus (Near Star Ferry Pier 8)
Daily : 10:00 am to 11:40 pm(from Man Kwong Street outside Central(Pier 7) )
Daily : 10:15am to 11:55pm(from Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus)
Frequency : 15 to 20 minutes
Fare : HK$4.20

Peak Tram Lower Terminus From Central Station

If you're coming from the MTR Central Station, check out and print this information  brought to you by The Peak website. http://www.thepeak.com.hk/download/GettingtoThePeak_Eng.pdf

Peak Tram Lower Terminus From Admiralty Station

 I'm really curious so we chose to ride the Peak Tram.  If you will look closely in google maps, Garden Road is near MTR Admiralty Station or MTR Central Station.  It will take you around 15 minutes to reach it by foot, or you can simply take a cab from the MTR station.


From Ocean Park, we rode the same bus (CityBus 629) going back to Admiralty Station.  Our supposed to be 15 minutes walk turned out a tiring 30-40 minutes walk because we got lost seriously.  I forgot to bring our map on our second day reason we've been walking around to realize we're out of the way. :(

And because I don't want you to get lost like what happened to us, here's what you should do if you want to just walk from Admiralty to Lower Peak Terminus.
  • The CityBus 629 bus from Ocean Park will drop you off  back at Admiralty station.
  • Locate the Lippo Center Tower 2 Building in Queensway Road.  From the map, Admiralty Station exit B is at the back of Lippo Center Building.
  • There's an over pass at the Lippo Center Tower 2 that will just take you all the way to Garden Road.
  • You need to locate Drake St., Cotton Tree Drive, Queensway Road corners of Lippo Center Building.  It would be of  help to see the Bank of China Tower, the building is of unique design.  If you're seeing Bank of China Tower standing from Lippo Center Building, then you're good to go. 
  • The overpass is a long walk and will lead you to Garden Road.
Finally! We found it!

 A clean and safe walking place for people. :)

Great view taken from Hong Kong overpass.

amazing clean road
  • As soon as you reach Garden Road, get off that overpass and walk directly to  Peak Tram Lower Terminus.  You will see St. John's Cathedral along the road.
  • St. John Building is just beside Peak Tram Lower Terminus
long line! oh no!
The Peak Tram Experience

I did not expect a huge line in Peak Tram Lower Terminus extending St. John's Building.  While some of us were falling in line, two of us went to the starting line.

We found out, there's a ticket booth for Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.  They have a special line, wherein if you avail wax museum entrance ticket, you can go in, hence, shorter line.  We bought these bundled with Sky Terrace and Peak Tram ticket pass since part of our trip was to see Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. 


I forgot the exact capacity of the peak tram but it's below 100 people.  The rail is one way only so we waited almost an hour before we were accommodated.


Though it's really tough to ride peak tram during peak hours, I still think it's one great experience to ride a train going up the mountain.  The building structures you see on your window looks like leaning especially when going down, when in fact you are the one in inclined position.

my window view while inside Peak Tram

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is a pool of wax figures of known personality.  Madame Tussaud, a wax sculptor, is the founder of the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum (apostrophe is no longer used).   If you like seeing different wax figures, have picture beside them, then you'll enjoy the place like what we did!

Madame Tussaud

Tiger Woods playing golf.

Aaron Kwon, a chinese actor, with our own models hehe.

Me and Pablo Picasso

Spiderman saves the day!

Lady Gaga (Ra ra-ah-ah-ah, Roma roma-ma, Gaga, ooh la la)

Horror house inside wax museum.  But not scary for me.

Who's Edward Cullen now? :)

My favorite pic! I'm a sumo wrestler!

Albert Einstein

Bruce Lee, Astro Boy, Johnny Depp, Janice Vidal, Adolf Hitler

Donnie Yen in my favorite movie IP Man

Sky Terrace 428

At the top of  The Peak Tower is a 360 degrees platform with fantastic panoramic view of Hong Kong City.  It is a lovely sight in the morning, but we prefer a night visit for cityscape lights to see.   Forgive the pictures, I wish I knew about cityscape photography.

Huge crowd so prepare!  Mahirap sumingit!


We wanted to check out Symphony of Lights at Avenue of Stars after, but due to circumstances (getting lost, took hours in falling in line even going home) we missed it.  Nevertheless, this is one heck of a day! Funny though, Golden Crown Guesthouse is near Avenue of Stars.  We still have reasons to go back in Hong Kong right?

For everything you need to know, you can check out these websites:  (I might be posting these info in my itinerary and expenses as well)

The Peak

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Additional Info:
Peak Tram Lower Terminus
33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

Peak Tram Operating Hours: 
7 am to 12 midnight(Mon - Sun & Public Holidays)
Frequency : Departs every 10 to 15 minutes

Sky Terrace 428 Opening Hours
10am to 11pm (Mon - Fri)
8am to 11pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday) 

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong Opening Hours
Open daily from 10am until 10pm (last admission: 9:45pm)

13 comments:

leandra said...

yes! andito pa po ko, inaabangan ko tlga tong HKG-MFM series mo, hehehe. very helpful for our upcoming trip as well really entertaining, para na rin akong ngtravel thru your words and photos, maraming salamat! ^_^

KULAPITOT said...

gusto ko makakita ng bus na double deck ... :(

joan | the backpack chronicles said...

buti pa kayo nakita nyo yung view ng Hong Kong sa The Peak! Samanatalang kami, fog lang. :((

adventurousfeet said...

summer kasi nila kaya nawitness namin. balita ko nga pag taglamig sa hk sarado ang ngong ping kasi nga mafog din

Ian | Going Places said...

enjoyed reading of the latest Hk series, very informative and helpful for those planning to take a HKG vacation.

Charles said...

Ang saya naman ng bakasyon nyo.... nakita nyo pa si ipman..hehe

adventurousfeet said...

salamat leandra!

adventurousfeet said...

makakakita ka din nyan pramis :)

adventurousfeet said...

thanks ian!

adventurousfeet said...

onga si ipman ang highlight! hehe!

Paula O said...

I love your shot of the HongKong skyline at night! it's beautiful!

adventurousfeet said...

thank you ms paula

Joel Balance Catimbang said...

i will also be in this place soon...hehe. your night-shots are pro! pangwallpaper..yan din ang pagaaralan ko pa..thanks for sharing..:)

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