Heads up, Hongkongers! If you’ve got friends and family coming to town, or simply fancy taking the scenic route up to The Peak, make sure to do it in the next week or two as The Peak Tram will be closing for up to three months from Tuesday, April 23.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong, The Peak Tram has been in operation since 1888 and serves more than six million passengers every year. So clearly some major upgrades are long overdue. Once the upgrade project is completed, the tram system will be updated and upping the tramcar capacity from 120 to 210 passengers. Both the upper and lower termini will also get a facelift and there’ll be an additional queueing capacity at the Lower Terminus for up to 1300 passengers – hopefully, no more ridiculous lines blocking up Garden Road.
While the tram is closed, other attractions like The Peak Tower and Sky Terrace 428 are open to the public, and so are popular restaurants like The Peak Lookout and Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen.
In the meantime, visitors can head up to The Peak via public transport including new bus route X15 from Admiralty Bus Terminus. Alternatively, taxis are also the way to go.