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Consuming Terrific Views From The Sky Terrace 428 – All You Need To Know

The skyline of Hong Kong is amongst the most remarkable in the world. With over 9,000+ high-rise buildings, the combined length of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers reaches more than 330KM making it the world’s tallest urban agglomeration, beating even New York! Add to it the picturesque Victoria Harbour and the quaint fishing villages; the city becomes a confluence of the old and new. The best place to view this stunning city view is from the Sky Terrace 428 situated atop the Peak Tower in the Victoria Gap. It is the highest observation deck in the city and offers a postcard perfect view!

Check out our complete guide for visiting Sky Terrace 428 in Hong Kong and find out why it’s a must-visit for visitors to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s Highest Viewing Platform


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The Sky Terrace 428 is Hong Kong’s highest observation deck at an elevation of 428 metres above sea level. It is an open-air 360 degree viewing platform that is located atop the Peak Tower on Victoria Gap at the Victoria Peak. The Peak Tower was opened to the public in 1997 and went another round of renovation with costs running up to $100 million and it opened to the public in 2006.

The new ultra-modern steel & glass tower is situated in such a way that it does not interrupt the natural line of the hills. The Sky Terrace 428 observation deck is constructed in a ‘wok’ like shape and was designed by British architect Sir Terry Farrell. It is a Hong Kong landmark that changed the way tourists viewed the city!

Is the Sky Terrace 428 Really Worth It?


Nature and Human endeavour

The Peak is a beautiful symphony of nature and human-made creations. Right from the Peak Tram that defies gravity to the Sky Terrace 428 observation deck that gives a bird’s eye-view, humans have created exciting experiences. Add to it the lush green backdrop of the hills, and it becomes an escape from the mundane.

Tallest observation deck

Hong Kong has several skyscrapers including the ICC, Two International Finance Centre, The Centre, Nina Tower, Bank of China Tower and the point to watch all these iconic buildings is the Sky Terrace 428 that has the highest observation deck.

Picturesque views

The iconic photographs of Hong Kong city have often been taken from the Sky Terrace 428. The 360 degree open-air viewing platform is the best place to view the Hong Kong skyline day or night.

Complete family experience

The Sky Terrace 428 is good enough reason to head to the Peak, but you have other experiences like Madame Tussauds, Peak Tram, and Trick Eye Museum to keep everyone happy. Indulge in a day of awesome views, shopping and dining!

Sky 428 Terrace Tickets - Best Deal In Town!


While most people buy tickets for the Sky Terrace 428 and the Peak Tram seperately, it's best to buy them as a combo pass. It's cheaper and you also do away with the hassle of having to purchase two separet tickets

The View From The Sky 428 Hong Kong


Sky Terrace 428 Hong Kong

The Sky Terrace 428 offers a spectacular view of Hong Kong from the Victoria Gap. You can view scenic vistas of the Victoria harbor, new territories and the nearby islands. Right in front are the skyscrapers of the Central District and its residential buildings, abutting into the verdant green mountain. Beyond it easily recognizable are the Bank of China Building and the Hong Kong Convention Centre.

On the other side of the harbor standing tall is the ICC Tower, which is the tallest building in Hong Kong. You can also sight the HSBC Building in the centre of it all, while you can view Aberdeen, the Reservoir and the outlying islands beyond such as Cheung Island, Lamma Island and Lantau Island.

Sky Terrace 428 At Night - A Glittering View


Glittering, shimmering, shining - there aren’t enough adjectives to describe the luminous cityscape of Hong Kong from the Sky Terrace 428. Once the sun sets (Around 7 PM in the summer and 6 PM in the winter) the lights of Hong Kong city come up creating a beautiful visual. The striking patterns on the buildings pop out more than at night and buildings like the Bank of China Tower and ICC can be spotted easily. Late night is also a good time to visit as there are fewer tourists and the weather is amiable, unlike the humid muggy weather of the day.

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More Things To Do Near The Peak Tower


Wondering what all you can do once you get upto the Peak? Here's our Top 5 picks. These will keep you entertained for hours together!

1. Visit Madame Tussauds

The Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong matches its counterparts in other cities with an array of wax figures that range from international celebrities to South East Asian celebrities. K-Pop stars, Hong Kong celebrities, Historic and National figures of Hong Kong, find space in the gallery.

Read more about visiting the Madame Tussauds

2. Trick Eye Museum

Get into art masterpieces or go sky diving, make it all happen while being safe and comfortable within the Trick Eye Museum. The museum has over 50 paintings that come alive with optical illusion. There are five themes in the museum – Secret Garden, World of Masterpieces, Great Adventure, Neverland, and Hong Kong Discovery.

Read more about visiting the Trick Eye Museum

3. Take the Peak Tram

For over 130 years the Peak Tram has plied tourists high up to 396 metre (1,300 feet) above sea level to the Peak. The journey up the mountain is peppered with scenic vistas and amazing views of Hong Kong City. Enjoy the view and experience the Peak Tram Illusion!

Read more about riding the Peak Tram

4. Shop at the Peak Market

Take a break from the awesome views and experiences at the Peak and go on a shopping spree. You can buy souvenirs from the official souvenir boutique, shop designer wear from stores like Giordano, Hard Rock Cafe Shop, and Swarovski, or indulge in specialty foods from Mr. Simms Old Sweet Shoppe.

Read more about visiting the Peak Market

5. Peak Tram Historical Gallery

The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is a great quick pitstop for history buffs and kids. The gallery showcases the history of the Peak Tram and even includes a replica of the first Tram carriage. Plus, lots of memorabilia and exhibits that take you through the Peak history.

Read more about visiting the Peak Tram Historical Gallery

Sky Terrace 428 vs Sky100 Observation Deck


Most people often wonder which observation deck they should opt for in Hong Kong. If you're going through the same confusion, here are some quick differences that will help you make your mind. While they both offer beautiful views, it depends on what kind of view you'd like to see. Read on to find which observation deck in Hong Kong suits you best.

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About Sky Terrace 428 is the highest observation deck in town at a staggering 428 meters above sea level. This particular pilgrimage is perhaps the most popular and unique way of seeing the famed skyline of the city.Take in spectacular 360-degree views of the famous Hong Kong skyline by visiting the Sky100, an observation deck located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Center (ICC), the tallest building in the city!
The View

The Peak is a mountain, with paths amidst the greenery to walk around. The view is definitely more green with great views of the harbour. You also get a great view of the nearby tropical islands from up here.

Sky 100 is a glassed-in observation floor on a very tall building smack in the middle of the city. So the views are more perpendicular, and closer-up. You get a great view of the sky piercing skyline of Hong Kong and the emerald blue waters from here.

Reaching The View Point

The Sky 428 Terrace is accessed by a 100-year old funicular tram, which is an attraction in itself.

4 high-speed double-deck elevators bring you from 2nd to 100th floor of the ICC building in just 60 seconds. They are currently the fastest lifts in Hong Kong and each of them can carry 15 people.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Sunday to Thursday
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Last entry: 8:30)

Friday to Saturday
10:00 AM – 10:30 PM (Last entry: 10:00)

Location

Sky Terrace 428, Peak Tower, 1 Lugard Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong

Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

Opening Hours of Sky Terrace 428


Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Location & Directions to the Sky Terrace 428


Find where the Sky Terrace 428 is on the map below. You can reach there via the tram ( most preferred mode of transport), bus and car.

  • By MTR – The nearest MTR stations are Central and Admiralty. Both are about 800m away from the Peak Lower Terminus, from where you can take a Peak tram to the top.
  • By Bus – You can take Route X15 (From Admiralty West MTR Station) and Route No. X15R (From Central Pier 5)
  • By Car – You can access the parking space in the Peak Galleria Building. It is a paid parking spot and charges start from HK$26 per hour.

Tips for Visiting the Sky Terrace 428


  • Check the weather and smog condition before heading to the Sky Terrace 428 as the deck is open to the air.
  • The best time to visit the Sky Terrace 428 would be on weekday nights, as that limits the local population and families. The terrace is open till 11 PM; however you need to be careful of the Peak Tram closing time if that’s how you wish to head back.
  • The cheapest way to purchase tickets is to pre-book your tickets. Headout offers a 12% discount on the combo Peak Sky Pass which offers return tickets on the Peak Tram and entry to the Sky Terrace 428.
  • For cheaper means of transport to the Peak, consider using bus number 15 which makes it way from the city centre to the Peak and is cheaper than taking the Tram.
  • The ticket is not timed so you can spend as much time as you want in the Sky Terrace, however you cannot re-enter once you have exited the terrace. Ensure you visit the restroom (Peak Galleria has cleaner toilets) and grab a snack before you go to the observation deck.
  • The Madness 3D adventure is the latest addition to the peak experience and is a series of 3D paintings done by local artists. The paintings feature local Hong Kong scenes like bungee-jumping off the Sky Terrace 428 or pulling up the Peak Tram!

Sky Terrace 428 Reviews


You can't visit Hong Kong and not come here, the views are stunning especially on a clear day if you can wait for one. This is great value for money.



- markwC9248DS, Tripadvisor 2019

The view from up here was simply beautiful, we spent well over half an hour admiring the view and taking photos. They only gave us free headsets and tapes for audio guides. They distracted the kids for a while, but they also enjoyed it. Pretty great for photo ops as well. The telescopes available were also remarkable and let us see soooo far ahead, it was pretty cool. Well worth the price on top of it.



- Yousif A, Tripadvisor 2019

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