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Originally published by Alisa Chau. Last updated by Jianne Soriano.
Mark your calendars—the Peak Tram is finally making its long-awaited return on 27 August with a brand-new look! Marking a new chapter in the history of one of Hong Kong’s most beloved icons, the sixth-generation tramcar is repainted in a bespoke shade of “Peak Tram Green.” The newest iteration of this historic transit system pays homage to the funicular railway’s heritage by referencing the gorgeous shade which adorned the third- and fourth-generation trams in the 1950s up until the 1980s. As for the aesthetic of the tram itself, major classic elements have been preserved in order to let its vibrant history shine through.
The dazzling new Peak Tram models have been improved and include a few exciting upgrades. Up to 210 passengers will be able to journey up to the Peak during each trip, compared to the prior capacity of 120 passengers. Wider doors and step-free access have also been integrated into its features, making rides smoother for individuals with impaired mobility, in addition to offering widened panoramic views of Hong Kong’s iconic cityscape.
In addition to the rebrand, the project also includes the replacement of all haulage, control and signalling systems, new ropes and track rails, as well as refurbishment of the Central and Peak Termini. The Central Terminus has been extended to provide covered, temperature-controlled arrival and waiting areas for up to 1,300 people.
But that is not all—visitors can also enjoy brand-new entertainment experiences across five engaging zones at the Central Terminus. “The Eye of Infinity” is a sculpture by Australian-Chinese artist Lindy Lee, inspired by Hong Kong’s spirit. It features a constantly evolving lighting display. “The Beating Heart” is an AV presentation that depicts the transformation of the haulage and operational systems from 1888 to the present.
At “An Icon is Born,” you can climb aboard the wooden first-generation Peak Tram and take a trip down memory lane. Over at “Once Upon a Tram,” revisit key moments of the history of Hong Kong and the Peak Tram. Finally, enjoy a hyperreal immersion video experience at “Go Wild at The Peak” and learn more about the diverse wildlife found at The Peak.
In celebration of the return of the Peak Tram, a series of promotions will be available to Hong Kong residents during the opening phase, including the “Flash Online Deal” and “Thank You HK Pass.” Peak Tram fanatics can also get their hands on the limited-edition Super Fans Pack ($428), which includes a return ticket, a Sky Terrace 428 admissions ticket, a sixth-generation Peak Tram thermal bottle, and more. For more information, visit the official website. Hop on and enjoy your first adventure on the sixth-generation Peak Tram!