1. The city from the top of the Peak Tram
Well you can’t read any Hong Kong intineraries without seeing the Peak Tram mentioned. For $52HKD (approx £5pp, but even cheaper if you use your Octopus card) you can get a return ride on the steep Peak fernicula and get a pretty spectacular view from the top. We went on a slightly foggy weekday but in days of full sun I imagine you can see for miles. Providing it’s not terribly foggy I think it’s a worthwhile trip. But I’ve heard stories of long queues, so aim to go on a weekday – the worse the weather the less queuing! There’s also some nice walking trails starting from the top.
2. Lantau from the Ngong Ping cable car
This spectacular view is taken from the Ngong Ping cable car, which is approx 5,700m long and takes around 25 minutes to ride from start to finish. It starts off in Northern Lantau island (near the airport) and takes you over the mountains to the rather commercialised village (Starbucks, Subway, gift shops etc) of Ngong Ping. From there you can see the fairly recently built (but still worth seeing) Big Buddha, one of the biggest in Asia, and catch a bus to the fishing village of Tai O. It’d recommend getting the Land and Sea day pass as all travel (including a short boat trip in Tai O) is included. We got ours from Klook for $25.50 HKD each (approx £24.50pp) as it was cheaper than buying direct from the cable car company.
3. The Hong Kong island skyline
Now there’s a few ways to see this view, but two of my favourites are from the pier by Avenue/Park of the Stars, and at night from Eyebar at the top of iSquare shopping centre.
You can also go up to Ozone bar (I recommend reserving a table in advance) in the Ritz-Carlton, which they say is the highest bar in the world. I personally found the bar a bit pretentious, without a true outside area, and incredibly slow in service (20 mins to order, same to receive our drink and again also get the bill) but it does have curb appeal and a good view.
All show the sheer scale of the skyline from Kowloon but watching the sunset and then the onset of twinkling lights from office buildings and billboards with a delicious passionfruit cocktail (at Eyebar) in my hand wins it for me.