The queue to take the trams to the Peak can be very long, especially at the end of the day. Make sure to factor in the extra time (including time queuing for your tram ride heading back down).
Aim to arrive at the Peak one hour before sunset. Then start the Circle Hike and gradually experience sunset as you loop back to the view of Hong Kong Bay and Kowloon. Factor in one extra hour for buying tickets and queuing for the Peak Tram (meaning you should set off two hours prior to sunset). Choose a day with good visibility.
About This Day
Once the sun goes down, enjoy a lovely evening of memorable and fun things to do in Hong Kong with kids. Pack two of Hong Kong's most iconic attractions, the Peak Tram and the Star Ferry, into one evening. Experience the city from the sky and from the sea. First, start off by queuing up for a steep ride up the Victoria Peak Tram. Then, take a leisurely stroll on the Circle Walk to enjoy the Hong Kong vistas from above. Next, grab another view and some food at the Peak Lookout restaurant. Lastly, hop on the Star Ferry for a beautiful cruise across Hong Kong Bay. All these wonderful sights and activities offer a memorable evening in Hong Kong with kids.
Hong Kong's Victoria Peak Tram is one of the city's best-known attractions. This old tram ride slowly ascends to Victoria Peak and is seriously steep. Try to grab a seat at the back, facing out onto the receding city skyline. Queues are long, so plan for some diversion to keep your nuggets occupied.
DIRECTIONS A pleasant 15-minute walk from Central MRT station through the financial district.
Full disclosure, we arrived too late (it was getting dark already) and only did a small portion of the walk. The full 3.5 km (2 mile) trail circles Hong Kong's Victoria Peak and is not strenuous. The trail offers amazing 360-degree views of Hong Kong island. The idea is to arrive one hour before sunset. This way you gradually walk back to the iconic Hong Kong harbour view as the sun is setting and the skyscrapers are lit up.
DIRECTIONS Exit the Peak Mall one floor up from the tram arrival station, take a right past the Peak Lookout restaurant and head toward Lugard Road. The trail is sign-posted. It is stroller friendly (and you can take a folded stroller on the Peak Tram).
TIP No shops along the way, so bring water and snacks with you.
Your nuggets will be hungry after the Circle Walk and it will be time for dinner. Escape the overly commercial Peak Tower Mall and head for the Peak Lookout restaurant. The food is good, but unspectacular and a little pricey. However, the setting in an old colonial house with a large terrace strung with fairy lights and overlooking Aberdeen Bay makes it all worth it. The restaurant provides a decent quality kids menu (as well as some crayons and colouring paper).
DIRECTIONS Exit the Peak Mall from the right and you cannot miss the Peak Lookout restaurant across the road.
TIP Remember you will need to queue, again, for the tram ride back down. Factor this extra time into your travel plans (especially if your nuggets get tired and restless).
The Star Ferry is possibly the cheapest "cruise" in the world. It is a working ferry line that accommodates commuters and tourists alike for a few cent's worth passage. You cannot beat the feeling of the sea breeze on your face as you cross Hong Kong Bay and gaze at the skyline and the occasional junk boat. Once you arrive Kowloon-side, you might jump straight away into a ferry back if your nuggets are tired (mine was), or take some time strolling the Avenue of the Stars.
DIRECTIONS It is 20-30 minute walk from the Peak Tram departure to the Central Ferry Piers. Take your time looking at the skyscrapers from the financial district from the ground up after having admired them from above. The area is also full of fancy luxury retail and crisscrossed by the iconic Hong Kong tram lines. It makes for a mesmerizing sight at night. Alternatively, you could jump into a taxi.
TIP Have coins with you, so you get to use the old ticket machines. Your nugget will love getting the plastic token and slotting it into the turnstiles.