Hong Kong Tours | 5 truly magnificent views in Hong Kong

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Jamie | Founder of J3 Private Tours Hong Kong | Offering Award Winning Private Tours of Hong Kong


The most magnificent of all city views in the world today, the view from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong.

The View | Victoria Peak | my spot

Just to be a little different I give you the image in black and white.

I can get very frustrated with other private tour guides in Hong Kong who refuse to take people to my spot at the Peak on Hong Kong Island, citing the pathetic excuse of "it's something you can do yourself as it is a bit touristy"

I mean seriously, 99.9999999% of visitors to the Peak go to the top of the Peak Tower which is the wrong place for the view or the little Lion's Pavilion next door | to be fair it is a nice view but it is nowhere near the BEST view, I have the feeling that many tour guides are simply to lazy to take guests to my viewing place and show them MY view as shown above.

As a premium private walking tour guide I feel I have to show you the greatest city view in the world, it requires a bit of effort to get there and there are far too many people stop at the wrong place and miss out... you need a passionate expert to go over in detail what you are looking at, it is simply not enough to take a picture, quite simply it is the one single image that defines what Hong Kong is all about.

A trip to my spot at the Peak is the highlight of my tour, it simply cannot be beat....

I have heard all sorts of nonsense over the years from other guides and reviewers on Tripadvisor such as |

  • the view from Kowloon Peak is better | (Kowloon to Hong Kong Island view)
  • the view from Tai Mo Shan is better | (Kowloon to Hong Kong Island view)
  • the view from Lion Rock is better | (Kowloon to Hong Kong Island view)
  • the view from 100th Floor or 118th Floor of ICC is better | (Kowloon to Hong Kong Island view)
  • the view along the Dragon Back hike on Hong Kong Island is better | (Not a city view)
  • the view from Sunset Peak on Lantau Island is better | (Not a city view)

Nice views to be sure and I have seen all of them in my time here but none of them come even remotely close to the view from my spot at the Peak and it is ridiculous to suggest otherwise, notwithstanding the fact that to see the other views requires either really hardcore hiking up very steep mountains / hills and / or access to a car.

Don't these people realise that my view at the Peak is 20 minutes away from the crowds of Tourists invading the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria (essentially 2 shopping Malls) sometimes you have to do the obvious rather than trying to be clever.

If you only had 2 hours in Hong Kong, nothing else would matter, you go to my spot at the Peak, even on a cloudy day or a wet day... the magnificent view will take your breath away... and did I mention the "words fail me" view at night from my spot at the Peak oh my.

I have been to my spot at the Peak over 6,000 times since 1972 and I never, ever tire of the view.

So, I think I have made my position rather clear, the no. 1 city view in the world is at my spot at the Peak on Hong Kong Island.


The 2nd most magnificent of all city views in the world today, the view from Barker Road, the Peak, Hong Kong

The View | The Peak | Barker Road

Just to be a little different I give you the image in black and white as well

Again, we have a similar problem.... in my humble opinion, this is the 2nd best city view in the world and again there is a real reluctance of tour guides in Hong Kong to go to this viewpoint which is on Barker Road at the Peak.

There are a number of ways to walk down into the city from the Peak and everyone and I mean everyone seems to choose the easy option which is to walk down Old Peak Road next to the Peak Tower, in my opinion the walk down Old Peak Road is as interesting as watching paint dry.

I prefer to put in a bit of an effort and go down via Barker Road | Chatham Path - here are some of the highlights |

  • you get up close and personal with the Peak Tram stop at Barker Road, you can get some great images of the Peak Tram coming up or going down
  • you get to see the 3 new luxury houses at the Luxwood Development at 35 Barker Road, each house about 9,997sq ft and probably around US$150 Million per house
  • you then get to see to the building site at 22 Barker Road which is owned by Jack Ma, Chairman of the Alibaba Group, he paid US$192 Million for the site a few years back
  • then you get the view as shown above
  • then you see the old Government Hospital which is the official home for the Chief Secretary the no. 2 person in the Hong Kong Government (a little large for a small family)
  • next to the Hospital is the official home of the Commander of the Chinese Army in Hong Kong
  • then down Chatham Path, lovely scenery nice views, nice houses
  • finish up on May Road and more fabulous photo opportunities of the Peak Tram Track and the Peak Tram

Simply awesome and quite unforgettable and as a private guide in Hong Kong I just love the trek down from the Peak via Barker Road with my guests.


The Ocean Terminal Deck for the magnificent view from Kowloon looking across to Hong Kong Island | Oh my.

The View | Ocean Terminal Deck | Looking across to Hong Kong Island

Just to be a little different I give you the image in black and white, very cool

A project by Sir Norman Foster         ... and we are lucky to have this place.

Again, we have the issue where only a very few of the top private tour guides in Hong Kong visit the place, like the view from the Peak, the view from here is magnificent and breath taking and truly awesome at sunset and at night time... for the life of me I still cannot work out why people do not visit this place, again it is probably laziness.

It is true, you have to walk through the nicely chilled and very lovely Ocean Terminal Shopping Mall (which was Asia's first mall and dates back to 1966) which is hardly a hardship but by golly when you go up the steps and see this... WOW!

It is also an excellent spot to the see the Symphony of Lights | Laser Light Show nightly, there are no crowds and you do not have to listen to the awful music - it is quite stunning

I really love the Ocean Terminal Deck.


The TST Promenade for the magnificent view from Kowloon looking across to Hong Kong Island | Oh golly gosh

The View | TST Promenade | Looking across to Hong Kong Island

Just to be a little different I give you the image in black and white, very cool

I have to admit, this is one of my favourite images (in colour or black and white) the camera god was smiling on me this day....

I am still a frequent visitor to the Promenade even though I prefer the view from the Ocean Terminal Deck because this is a different view, you are not as high and this view has been around a lot longer than the deck, but it can get very crowded.

The Avenue of the Stars which has always been linked to TST Promenade will re open in 2019 and will really extend the viewing area, I am so looking forward to that, honestly we are so lucky in Hong Kong to have 2 magnificent viewing areas right next to each other, each with their own charms and quirks.


The view from the absolutely iconic Star Ferry of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, day or night, well simply awesome!

The View | The Star Ferry, Hong Kong Harbour | The view of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon

Just to be a little different I give you the image in black and white, very cool

This is simply iconic and one of those things that you absolutely have to do multiple times if possible, yeah, that's right, a ride on the iconic Star Ferry.

The picture does not do the "ferry" justice, you have to be in the middle of the harbour bobbing up and down, you need to be on the lower deck (much better for photography) and you stick your head out and just soak up the views of both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon... it really is something.

As a private tour guide in Hong Kong I always take my guests on the Star Ferry, it is a joy to be in the harbour and you can just see that people are really enjoying the experience, funnily enough I prefer the day ride rather than the evening ride, can't explain why, it just is.

I have lost count of the number of times I have been on the ferry certainly many thousands of times and I love every single journey, it is an intrinsic part of what defines Hong Kong | and did I mention how cheap it is!

Just do it.


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Oh my golly gosh, the simply amazing Pagani Zonda Absolute - this is a custom made car and is rumoured to be the only one of it's kind in the world and it is in Hong Kong!... oh... and yes, this is my picture, talk about being in the right place at the right time.




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