Commanding one of the world’s most spectacular urban vistas, the Peak Tower was the winning entry in an international competition to replace a smaller tower that occupied the same site. Two decades after opening, the Peak Tower remains Hong Kong’s most-visited tourist destination. It appears on the $20 banknote of the Hong Kong dollar and has become a preeminent symbol of the city.
Forming an iconic backdrop to Hong Kong’s skyline, the tower’s crescent form is inspired by the site, a valley between two hills. It has given rise to many symbolic interpretations including bowl, boat, wok, or open hands. The solid base, open podium, and floating roof with upswept eaves also refer to traditional Chinese architecture.
The design incorporates the existing Peak Tram station, the terminus of a venerable funicular railway that opened in 1888 to ferry the elite to their homes on The Peak. Today it serves as a tourist attraction. The Peak Tower offers visitors a range of dining, shopping, and entertainment options – in addition to stunning 360-degree views across Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, and the outlying islands.