Residents on The Peak are not only rich, they are ultra-rich, and in most cases, powerful. One of the most superior areas high in the hills of Hong Kong, The Peak takes pride in its glorious past – The Mountain Lodge Guard House was once the summer residence of the governor of Hong Kong Arthur Kennedy, while The Genesis at 21 Severn Road was once listed as the most expensive property in the world.
Among the 1,500 bungalows located from Coombe Road, Barker Road to Stubbs Road and above, around 40% are believed to be owned by property tycoons for rental purposes, resulting in persistently sky-high prices around the area, even in the midst of declining housing prices.
Its absolute privacy, serenity and unbeatable views have attracted riches of all kinds, particularly Chinese tycoons, to set foot in the area; let alone living on The Peak being seen as a status symbol.
Living at 22 Barker Road you’ll get the richest Chinese tycoon Jack Ma as your neighbour, who paid an outrageous HK$1.5 billion for the four-storey residence; but that’s not manic enough – a 9,212 square foot villa on 15 Gough Hill Road was sold two months ago for a record HK$2.1 billion; and even a 1,361 square foot flat at Severn Villa was sold for HK$200 million last month.
This exclusive area has an adjacent ring of sought-after luxury residences including La Hacienda, Strawberry Hill, Villa Verde, Cheuk Nang Lookout, Grenville House and alike.
Recreational facilities on The Peak, such as hiking trails and shopping complexes, have also attracted droves of visitors and travellers to eschew the hustle and bustle of the city.
12:00am | The Peak Tram
A direct route from the Central district to The Peak, this one-of-a-kind tram system was the first cable car in Asia and started operations in 1888. This seven-minute ride brings you on a journey to enjoy the famous Victoria Harbour view. Adjacent to The Peak Galleria is a replica of the first Peak Tram. Visitors can explore more about the historical vehicle at The Peak Tram Historical Gallery at the Peak Tram Lower Terminus; and bring a tram model home from the Hong Kong Trams Station shop at The Peak Galleria.
12:20pm | Peak Tower and Sky Terrace 428
Views from inside the carriage not enough? Look no further than Sky Terrace 428 sitting atop the sculptural Peak Tower shopping centre. After taking off in the tram, you’ll pass by the always-crowded Peak Market where a bewildering range of souvenirs are on display; then going all the way up to the top of the tower you’ll reach the open-air viewing platform that stands out with an unrivalled view of the Hong Kong skyline.
12:50pm | Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
This wax figure museum on the first floor of Peak Tower was the first Madame Tussauds museum in Asia. It is home to about 100 wax figures of worldwide celebrities with some 16 being from Hong Kong. The museum is an international brand founded by French artist Marie Tussaud and is headquartered in London.
14:45pm | Hong Kong Trail
Starting at Lugard Road next to the Peak Tower, the cliff-side paths boast vibrant greenery and transverse a small gurgling waterfall. Passing through Hatton Road is the Lung Fu Shan Country Park and Pinewood Battery, a military site used to defend Hong Kong during the Second World War. Walking back to the same path and you’ll pass through a wooded path directed to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, where the route ends.
17:00 pm | Pacific Coffee
This Pacific Coffee is one like no other – it allows you to enjoy a panoramic harbour view while sipping a cup of coffee indoor or at its open terrace overlooking the harbour. People tend to spend hours here reading or chatting; a perfect corner to recharge oneself after a long walk.
18:00pm | The Peak Galleria
Crossing a music fountain, you will reach another shopping complex, the Peak Galleria, owned by Hang Lung Properties. The centre features a raft of luxury outlets, eateries, lifestyle shops and a free observation deck. To attract more family shoppers, the mall is also equipped with a baby care room and a locker service attending to the needs of families. The mall will undergo a major renovation later this year with a number of dining outlets owned by Maxim’s Group expected to move in by next year.
19:00 pm | Peak Lookout
Positioned as a barbecue Western specialist, Peak Lookout is seen as a scenic hotspot on The Peak, most prominently because of its Grade II Historic Building from the 19th century and its nostalgic interior. Its celebrated alfresco dining area overlooks Aberdeen and the South China Sea with the crispy smell of a tropical forest in the summer. Inside or outside, the peaceful and warm ambience is perfect for its grilled staple tandoori lamb shoulder paired with a glass of Shiraz.