You don’t have to go to the peak to get a free birds eye view of Hong Kong. Three of Hong Kong’s tallest buildings; International Finance Center (IFC), One Island East (OIE), and the International Commerce Center (ICC), all have ways to get upstairs where you can see a view for free.
At IFC, you can visit the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Library on the 55/F, registration required at IFC to get a pass to allow you upstairs.
They also have a nice little museum about Hong Kong currency and it’s relevance to the territory/city’s history.
|Monday to Friday||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Closed on Sunday and public holidays|
OIE and ICC, both allow you to go to their sky lobbies for free without registration! The sky lobbies are about halfway up in each building and you don’t need to go through any special gates to get in, just push the button and rise above the city. It’s 38/F in OIE and 49/F in ICC. (Just note however though, in ICC you’ll need a pass or follow someone up during non-business hours, generally weekends and public holidays.)
Granted these aren’t formal observation decks but there’s ample space to walk around and you’ll be able to get views on a few different sides of the building. Both have harbour views. I can’t imagine anyone bothering you neither as long as you aren’t loitering for an inordinate amount of time.
At ICC you can get a great view of Central Hong Kong and Kowloon, while at OIE you can view Eastern HK Island and East Kowloon. In my picture you can see OIE all the way in the distance straight down the center.
There is a formal viewing deck at ICC’s Sky100 but I don’t see why you should have to pay a whopping $150 for a walk-up ticket when the view is virtually the same. Admittedly there are a lot of buy 1 get 1 free promos for HK residents, but that’s still expensive to ride an elevator.
Here’s a link if I haven’t convinced you otherwise: http://www.sky100.com.hk/