The construction of the original Peak Tower began in 1971 and it
has since gone through a number of reincarnations. Housing
the upper terminus of the Peak Tram, the tower does not sit
atop Victoria Peak but is situated in Victoria Gap, a dip along
the line of the hills at an elevation of 396 metres. The tower's
height, at 428 metres above sea level, allows it to blend smoothly
with the natural landscape.
When it was first unveiled to the public on August 29, 1972,
the Peak Tower featured the Tower Restaurant on the top deck
while the Peak Coffee Shop was located on the floor below. Mr.
Tsui Tim rented the lower level to operate a Chinese restaurant,
Lo Fung. However, the restaurant closed in 1981.
In 1993, the Peak Tower underwent a HK$500-million redevelopment
into a new retail and entertainment complex, designed by renowned
British architect Terry Farrell. It was officially opened to
the public in May 1997 with a number of top attractions, including
Ripley's Odditorium and Mini Motion Theatre.