Victoria Peak Garden
Victoria Peak Garden is a park in Hong Kong. It is located on Mount Austin Road at Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island. The park was originally the Peak Lodge of the Governor of Hong Kong, which was demolished in 1946 due to the damage caused by the Battle of Hong Kong. The vacant land was developed into the Peak Park. On its west, there are Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, Lantau Island and Lamma Wind Power Station.
In 2011, it was renovated to a English garden. The Peak Park is close to Mount Austin Road Playground. Although both of them are located in the Peak District, the former is at the end of Mount Austin Road, near the top of Peak Peak, and the latter is at the lower end of Mount Austin Road, closer to The Peak Tower.
In December 2006, the Architectural Services Department excavated part of the former Governor’s Peak Villa during an ground investigation in the park. The Government announced the discovery in January 2007 and referred it to the Antiquities and Monuments Office for archaeological excavation.
A survey report completed by the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) in March of the same year pointed out that some of the foundations of the villa had been damaged during the construction of the pavilion in 1968-1970, but were in a fairly good condition. The biggest discovery of the excavation was a patterning floor tile on the porch, which is about 1m by 3.5m and made by Minton Hollins Company.
In addition, a geological survey conducted by AMO revealed eight boundary markers erected in 1910, two boundary markers belonging to the military authorities, a crumbling wall that has been used as a bungalow for water engineering and four disposal sites for construction waste.
Victoria Peak Garden, Mount Austin Road, Victoria Peak
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Park – opens 24 hours
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Method A – Bus: Take MTR and leave by Hong Kong Station Exit D for Central (Exchange Square) Bus Terminus and take bus no. 15 to the Peak
Method B – Cable Car: Take bus no. 15C from the Central Ferry Piers in Central to the Peak Tram lower terminus and take the cable car uphill to the Peak.
Method C – Cable Car: Take a 10-15 minute walk from Exit J2 of Central MTR Station to the Peak Tram lower terminus to take the cable car uphill to the Peak.
How to get to the Victoria Peak Garden:
Starting from the Peak Tower, go up Mount Austin Road next to the Peak Lookout (a restaurant). Halfway, you will see the Mount Austin Playground and the blue-white security office. If you continue going up, you will reach Victoria Peak Garden. It takes about half an hour.
Toilets, parking lots, a large grassy area
Mount Austin Playground is different from the Victoria Peak Garden. If you want to have a look at the great view of Victoria Harbour, remember to begin your trip from Mount Austin Playground, then up to the Victoria Peak Garden.
The Peak and the Victoria Peak Garden are windy and there are few street lights around. Please remember to keep warm and be careful when walking on the mountain road at night.
The park is open 24 hours a day, but please note that the last bus of the Peak Tram is 12:00pm, while the last bus of route 15 is 1:00pm, and the Peak Tower is open until 11:00pm (information is for your reference only, please double check it before departure).
Peak Park has a large grassy area suitable for taking the dog for a walk and picnic.