The Peak Tram is a funicular railway that runs from Central district to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. The tram's route runs 1.4 kilometres and ferries passengers from the lower terminus station, Garden Road, to The Peak in a little over four minutes.
Aside from the spectacular views of Hong Kong's harbour and skyscrapers it offers passengers, the tram is an attraction in itself, having been in service for more than 120 years.
The Tramway was first opened to the public in 1888 using wooden trams powered by coal fired steam boilers. In 1926, an electrically-powered haulage gear system replaced steam power and a bigger tramcar was used to accommodate 52 passengers. An all-weather, light-weight and bigger tramcar was introduced in 1959 with 72 seats. Today, the Peak Tram employs state-of-the-art microprocessor-control technology and a safer and more comfortable ride to 120 passengers.
Because of its popularity among tourists, expect to queue at the Garden Road terminus to purchase Peak Tram tickets (HK$40 adult return, HK$18 child return). The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is also located in this terminus where the heritage and history of the tramway is highlighted. The museum displays more than 200 memorabilia about Hong Kong's legendary tram system including a replica of the first generation Peak Tram carriage.
Once at The Peak, there are numerous tourist attractions including two major leisure and shopping centres, the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria. Besides retail shops and restaurants, other attraction at the Peak Tower are Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and a paid viewing platform called Sky Terrace located on top of the building. There is a free viewing deck on the third level of the Peak Galleria that is larger than the Sky Terrace.
Also nearby is the Victoria Peak Garden and Mountain Lodge (the old summer residence of the Governor of Hong Kong) and Lugard Road, a popular walking path that also offers a sweeping view of Hong Kong.