Hong Kong is one of the most memorable skylines we’ve witnessed in the world. It showcases a futuristic and cyberpunk vibe that doesn’t quite compare to anything else, but this experience is often misunderstood as having to visit the pricey Peak Tower. Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong is a great free alternative to the Peak Tower and possibly the best Victoria Peak free view.
If you don’t want to spend for a similar view you can witness at Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong nor want to walk all the way to the Lugard Road lookout, then this guide has got you covered! We provide you with everything you need to know about visiting Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong and a map of exactly where it’s located.
Where is Lion's Pavilion Hong Kong
Lion's Pavilion Hong Kong: The Best Free Alternative to the Peak Tower
It’s a great alternative to the Peak Tower and promises the best Victoria Peak free view.
Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong offers the same aerial view of the Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria Harbour as the Peak Tower. Walking around the area of the Peak Galleria, Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong can be quickly identified as a spot that contains a red moon gate and includes an inscription of the Taiping Mountain Lion Pavilion on it, symbolic of the spot’s name.
This Victoria Peak free view is a great alternative to the Peak Tower for budget travelers who do not want to pay to enter the Tower nor hike to the viewpoint at Lugard Road.
Below you can find a google map itinerary to Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong, which is literally by the exit of the Peak Tram / the Peak Tower Station.
How to Get to Lion's Pavilion Hong Kong
Getting to Lion's Pavilion Hong Kong by the Peak Tram
The most convenient and quickest way to get to Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong is by the Peak Tram.
The Peak Tram operates from 7am to midnight, and the ride takes roughly about seven minutes to get up to Victoria Peak.
It’s the fastest way to get to area of the Peak Galleria and Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong.
Upon arriving, simply exit the tram and head towards Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong (as presented in the google maps above) for the best Victoria Peak free view.
Closest MTR to The Peak Tram Terminus: Central
Roundtrip Fee: 23 HKD for Children / 52 HKD for Adults. More info here.
Our tip: Please note that the Peak Tram is the most frequented method to reach Victoria Peak. As such, you can expect long waiting times to take the tram.
Getting to Lion's Pavilion Hong Kong by Bus
This is the most affordable way to get to Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong but also the slower way.
The ride up to the Peak will take about an hour or so. Do note that since you are going up the mountain, with various twist and turns, the experience can be quite dizzying.
Upon arriving, it’s easy to find Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong as it is right beside the Peak Tower Station and above the Peak Gardens.
Closest MTR to Exchange Square Central Bus Terminus: Central
One-Way Cost: 4.9 HKD for Children / 9.8 HKD for Adults
Our tip: In Hong Kong, it’s essential to have the exact amount when taking public transportation as change is NOT given.
Hence, we advice getting an Octopus Card beforehand for a more convenient way of paying for your bus fare.
When to Go to Lion's Pavilion Hong Kong
As with any viewpoints in Victoria Peak, the best time to go would be for sunrise or sunset. Let’s look into the differences of these two times of the day below.
Sunrise at Lion's Pavilion Hong Kong
- Sunrise is best if you want to avoid the crowds as there will barely be any people around, including the ride up in the Peak tram.
- The sun rises on the side of Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong, perfect for those silhouette shots.
- The sun’s rays will be peeking through the mountains and the sea of skyscrapers.
- On the opposite end, sunrise at Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong means you have no opportunity to get night shots afterward.
- You’ll also have to wake up earlier to get to the viewpoint on time.
Sunset at Lion's Pavilion Hong Kong
- Golden and blue hour is truly stunning at Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong.
- You have the chance to take amazing night photography shots right after the sunset.
- It gets really crowded during this time, not just on the tram up but also in the viewpoint itself.
Our tip: It will probably take a longer time to catch the Peak Tram or the bus. We highly recommend to pre-book and arrive a few hours before the sun sets so you don’t miss the chance of seeing the best Victoria Peak free view at Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong.
Where to Stay near Lion's Pavilion Hong Kong
If you want to be near the Peak Tram or the Bus that goes to Victoria Peak and Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong, then it would be good to stay in the area of Central or Lan Kwai Fong.
Below we’ve listed down two hotel suggestions in these neighbourhoods.
The Bishop Lei International House is great for couples as it is quite affordable. It’s at the foot of the mountain of Victoria Peak. It even offers beautiful views of the city’s skyline at the hotel itself.
At 10 minutes’ walk from Soho and Lan Kwai Fong, it’s also one of the bustling spots for nightlife.
Price: Starts from 60 EUR
Why Choose Lion Pavilion Hong Kong over Peak Tower
- It offers the best Victoria Peak free view and is a great alternative to the quite pricey Peak Tower (52 HKD).
- For those who don’t want to hike all the way to Lugard Road for another Victoria Peak free view, Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong is a great option as it’s right beside the exit of the Peak Tram and the Peak Galleria.
- As it is literally by the Peak Tower, it provides the same vantage point to Hong Kong’s beautiful skyline.
Lions Pavilion Hong Kong is the Best Victoria Peak Free View
So there you have it! We think that Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong provides the best Victoria Peak free view and a truly great alternative to the Peak Tower.
If we’ve learned anything from traveling, it’s that there are many opportunities to go off the beaten track and discover something for free rather than pay for crowded tours that are not as enjoyable.
What about you? Have you seen the views at Victoria Peak? What do you think of this free alternative to the Peak Tower or have you already visited Lion’s Pavilion Hong Kong? We’d love to hear your questions and travel stories in the comments below!