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The Peak Trail, Victoria, Peak, Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong Trail, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

The Stroll: This vertiginous 60-minute loop around the summit of 1,811-foot Victoria Peak delivers a bird’s-eye view of one of Asia’s most striking skylines. You’ll see architectural masterpieces by the likes of I. M. Pei, Norman Foster, and César Pelli, lapped by a teal-hued harbor. After a steep ascent via a legendary funicular tram (first opened in 1888), walkers venture through pine and bamboo groves to discover a city vista full of colonial and modern gems.

When to Go: The mildest, driest months are mid-September to late February; visit during the Mid-Autumn Festival (late September/early October), when street vendors sell tasty moon cakes on almost every corner and the river fills with floating paper lanterns.

Donna Heiderstadt

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