Hong Kong audio tour: Hike to the Peak via the Mid-Levels Escalator

Hike to the Peak via the Mid-Levels Escalator

Walking Tour

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120 mins
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4mi

About the Tour

This route will take you from Central Hong Kong up to and around Victoria Peak. We'll use the Mid-Levels escalator to get us started, head up a pretty steep section on Old Peak Road, follow the flat ring road around the mountain, and finally head up again to summit itself. The tour finishes at the Peak Galleria, where you can catch a bus, taxi, or the Peak tram back down the hill.

The route also has lots of opportunities to start in the middle, quit early, or take a lunch break somewhere along the way. Don't be afraid to try your own variation of the path. Most Hong Kongers in this neighborhood speak English pretty well, so don't be afraid to ask for directions or advice.

Tour Producer

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Ryan Carpenter

I'm an American that has been living in Hong Kong for more than five years. I enjoy hiking/trail running, swimming, and dragon boating. I've had a great time learning about Hong Kong since moving here and I hope to share some of its gems.

Major Landmarks

  • Central-Mid-Levels Escalators

  • Tai Kwun

  • Victoria Peak's Lions Pavilion

  • The Peak Galleria

Directions to Starting Point

This route begins at the corner of Queen's Road Central and Cochrane Street, where the Mid-Levels escalator begins to climb uphill. You can take the street tram and disembark at the Pottinger Street stop. Then, walk up Pottinger Street and turn right on Queen's Road Central. Walk one block to Cochrane Street.

Alternatively, you can take the MTR to Central station and take exit D2. Turn right out the exit, through an alley filled with locksmiths and cobblers. Take the first left onto Theatre Lane, then cross Queen's Road Central when you see the signal. Turn right on Queen's Road Central, walking on the left side of the street for 200 meters to Cochrane Street.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

The Peak Galleria for nice views of both the north and south, Victoria Peak Garden, SoHo

Best time of day

The escalator only goes uphill from 10am to midnight, so after 10am is best. You might want to avoid the middle of very hot days, since parts of the route are quite steep. You could even hike in the evening, since streetlamps light most of the way, but bring a flashlight for the last section in Victoria Garden.

Precautions

The Mid-levels Escalator is Hong Kong's equivalent of a freeway at rush hour. Be courteous to others if they seem to be in a rush. Make sure to bring some water if it's a hot day.

Comments

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Posted by Ryan , almost 5 years ago
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Hike to the Peak via the Mid-Levels Escalator