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Private Hong Kong Stories Walking Tour

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HK$2,400

Walk the streets of the city in this guided walking tour and discover fascinating Hong Kong stories, both old and new. Choose from 10  themed tours throughout Hong Kong.

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Beneath the glitz and glamour of its skyscrapers, Hong Kong has a vibrant past just waiting to be uncovered. In this walking tour, follow your knowledgeable local tour guide through the streets of this fascinating city to discover Hong Kong stories, both old and new.

You may choose from 10 themed walking tours:

Hong Kong Island
1. Causeway Bay
Explore every nook and cranny of Causeway Bay which is full of colonial history, ghost myths, local tales, and appreciate the spectacular architectures. You will:

  • Fascinate the power of commerce in transforming Causeway Bay from a little coast to retail hub
  • Trace back to how merchants and factories became Hong Kong’s first McDonald’s
  • Hear tales of how the great Lee’s family developed their Lee Garden kingdom

2. Central: Money World
The story of Hong Kong’s transformation from a fishing port to the global financial hub of today is a complex and fascinating one, rife with cut-throat business dealings and swiftly changing fortunes. In this guided tour, you will:

  • Discover how feng shui informs the architecture of the city’s financial powerhouses
  • Look back at Hong Kong’s earliest foreign merchant houses and financial institutions
  • Learn about the rise of the local Chinese business elite, and how their emergence influenced colonial Hong Kong society

3. Happy Valley: Cemeteries
Tour around cemeteries of famous and infamous people who were once involved in the Opium War, 1911 Chinese Revolution and World War Two; and hear the tales about those tycoons, politicians and educators during the period from 1840s to early 20th century. Enter the world of Hong Kong’s colonial history which you will:

  • Learn about cemetery garden concept and its relevance to Hong Kong
  • Marvel at a galaxy of Victorian funerary art involving moss-covered memorials and sculptures, as well as decode gravestone iconography

4. North Point
Wander through the alleys and backstreets of North Point and discover the forgotten corners of what was once the city's hub of entertainment and industry.

  • Relieve the history of Hong Kong's 1967 riots
  • Get a real taste of community life in the local Fujianese enclave and Southeast Asian diaspora
  • Visit North Point’s oldest stores and sample the local delicacies

5. Sheung Wan: So Old, Yet So New
Sheung Wan, a district where the history and modern-day buzz coexist, is a rare treasure in Hong Kong. Despite social gentrification, Sheung Wan still holds its distinctive character of old meets new, with a rich mix of lifestyles, architecture and urban scenery from different periods of time. You will reflect the good and bad of gentrification:

  • Talk with a Sheung Wan native female owner of a classic Tai Pai Dong (street side canteen) to hear local trade stories and gain profound life tips
  • Visit traditional Chinese shops that sell paper offerings (burnt by the living for the dead) and Chinese medicine
  • Appreciate Chinese temple architecture and look deep into Chinese religious beliefs and practices

6. Wan Chai: Urban Myths
Wan Chai was one of the first settlements developed by the British after they took Hong Kong. Today, its deep layers of history sit at a crossroads with the district’s gleaming redevelopment plan, making its trove of urban myths all the more gripping. In this guided tour, you will hear myths about:

  • Wan Chai during World War 2 and the large concentration of urban ruins left behind
  • Geographical curiosities, ghost stories and forgotten Chinese temples
  • Nam Koo Terrace, Hong Kong's famous haunted house

7. Western District
Shek Tong Tsui and Kennedy Town are two extremes of Western District in the past. Shek Tong Tsui was a licensed red night district and used to be Hong Kong’s top entertainment and nightlife region; whereas, Kennedy Town was the western end of Victoria City (heart of early colonial Hong Kong) and used to house many ‘unwanted’ facilities like slaughterhouse, incineration plant and even smallpox hospital. You will step into the colonial Western District:

  • Hear colourful stories of these signature areas
  • Visit historical spots and retrace long-standing shops and streets
  • Use your hands to feel the boundary of Victoria City!

Kowloon
1. Kowloon City
Awake your inner nostalgic and foodie, discover the forgotten areas in Kowloon City. Full of tales and mysteries, the Kowloon Walled City once struck terror to people living around the district because of its disreputable illegal buildings. However, there’s so much more beyond the myths by listening to the stories:

  • Sightsee the Kowloon Walled City Park, the Walled City’s South Gate and Hau Wong Temple
  • Visit and hear stories about some old shops near the old Kai Tak Airport. You will to travel back to relive in your memories of the Kai Tak Airport

2. Sham Shui Po
Throughout the 20th century, Sham Shui Po played host to scores of refugees. Today, it is one of Hong Kong's most diverse areas and a bustling bazaar district where grassroots endeavors flourish. In this guided tour, you will:

  • Learn about the ups and downs of Kowloon's history as your step through some of the area's oldest street scenes
  • Visit a decades-old public housing estate for a look into the lives of the city's working class
  • Tour the Apliu Street flea market and hear stories about its people and past

3. Yau Ma Tei
Yau Ma Tei was the first urban centre to be developed in Kowloon. In time, old shorelines were reclaimed and the district became landlocked. The fishing boat community gave way to other trades, birthing heaving markets and narrow, shop-lined lanes. In this guided tour, you will:

  • Take a close look at different slices of community life and trades in old Yau Ma Tei
  • Visit Temple Street and the century-old Wholesale Fruit Market
  • Hear tales about day-to-day life in colonial Hong Kong
 

Number of People
This Experience Voucher is valid for up to 4 people in a private tour.

Additional participants can join at an additional cost of $600 per person, up to a maximum of 18 people.

Availability and Duration
This Experience lasts for approximately 2 – 3 hours, depending on the chosen tour.

Bookings can be anytime from Monday to Sunday. Bookings must be made at least 1 week in advance and are subject to availability.

Experience Location
Meeting Points:

Hong Kong Island

Causeway Bay - 2 hours 15 minutes
World Trade Centre, Causeway Bay (At the entrance facing Jaffe Road, outside the shop Sport b.)

Central: Money World - 2.5 hours
Central MTR Station, Exit K for Statue Square (street level)

Happy Valley: Cemeteries - 2 hours
Main entrance of Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road

North Point - 2 hours
North Point MTR Station, Exit B1 (street level)

Sheung Wan: So Old, Yet So New - 2.5 to 3 hours
Upper fountain at Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen's Road Central (Nearest MTR Exit: Sheung Wan E1)
You can choose to upgrade this tour with a letterpress workshop at an additional cost of $1500.

Wan Chai: Urban Myths - 2.5 hours
By the bottom of the escalators in the lobby of Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai

Western District - 3 hours
HKU MTR Station, Exit B1 at Whitty Street (ground level)

Kowloon
Kowloon City - 2 hours
Lok Fu MTR Station, Exit B (inside the station)

Sham Shui Po - 2.5 hrs
Sham Shui Po MTR Station, Exit C by Maxim's cake shop (inside the station)

Yau Ma Tei – 2 hrs
Yau Ma Tei MTR Station, Exit B (inside the station)

Language
Cantonese, English, Mandarin and Spanish

Weather
The Experience will be automatically cancelled in the event of a Typhoon Signal No. 3 or above, or if a Red or Black Rainstorm Warning is issued 3 hours before the tour starts.

In the case of other unsuitable weather conditions, the customer will be contacted by phone no later than 2 hours and 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

What to Wear
You are recommended to wear comfortable shoes, and to bring a bottle of water and a hat or umbrella with you.

Extra Information
This experience includes:

  • A walking tour with a knowledgeable Hong Kong native guide

If you have selected the Sheung Wan tour, you can choose to upgrade your walking tour with a letterpress workshop at an additional cost of $1,500. You will experience one of the four great inventions of ancient China - printing with movable types!

Rating 
Reviewer:
Nicola Troup 2018-11-01

This experience was a gift and our guide was Martin. Martin was knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining. He kept things at the right pace and was able to tailor the tour to us, having lived in Hong Kong for a little while. We learned a lot and was very lucky to have the tour to ourselves.

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Private Hong Kong Stories Walking Tour

Private Hong Kong Stories Walking Tour

Walk the streets of the city in this guided walking tour and discover fascinating Hong Kong stories, both old and new. Choose from 10  themed tours throughout Hong Kong.

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