While most of Hong Kong speaks English and easy for travelers to navigate, some older communities still retain its heritage and speak little to no English. This can be very difficult to understand a culture when you visit a local restaurant or a mom & pop shop… In a city tour, a local will walk you through from the old Chinese community to the modern community so you get to experience Hong Kong from the East to the West!
Hong Kong Island Itinerary
Times are changing, though. Many of these businesses have no succession plans and anticipate closure. As these elements of its heritage disappear, Hong Kong edges ever closer to becoming another generic global city.
In this walk, we will visit a number of these disappearing trades, the last masters of some of Hong Kong’s home-grown industries. With the end in sight for many, we go out to hear their stories and learn about their ways of life, before they are lost for ever.
– Start the tour at Sai Ying Pun MTR
– Visit several cottage industries in Sai Ying Pun & Sheung Wan
– Hollywood Road Park, the beginning of British colonization
– Pak Sing Ancestral Hall, the first wave of Chinese labors who went to San Francisco for Gold Rush
– Man Mo Temple, Taoism & a short lesson on the rituals in a Chinese temple
– Graham Street Market, visit a few food stores at an open air market
– Lunch at either a traditional tea house, or tasting at several eateries
– Visit the Financial District (Government Hill, HSBC, Statue Square, Final Court of Appeal, HKMA)
This is a five hours tour finishing at Central MTR Station. You can extend this tour by adding:
– Victoria Peak (option to go to the observation deck or Lugard Road) (+1 hour)
– Visit a subdivided unit and visit a local wet market in Sham Shui Po (+1 hour)
– Visit Bird Market, Flower Market and Goldfish Market (+1 hour)
– Visit Aberdeen or Stanley (+1 hour)
– Dragon’s Back Hiking (+4 hour)
Kowloon is often considered to be the more authentic and darker side of Hong Kong. Although it is a densely populated area, with this comes a curious mix of old and new culture, and a diverse host of attractions to explore.
First occupied by the British in 1860, Kowloon was only used as a military base for several decades before urban development began. Its name, which means “Nine Dragons,” supposedly comes from the last emperor in Song Dynasty, who named the area for its eight tallest mountains.
The ninth dragon was, of course, is the emperor himself. In honour of this egocentric emperor, let’s do a tour in Kowloon!
– Start the tour at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR
– Visit the Tsim Sha Tsui district to learn the early history of Kowloon
– Gold Fish Market, how they survive the high rental price in the center of Mong Kok?
– Flower Market, history of flower market and Boundary Street
– Bird Market, a Hong Kong flu that shocked the world
– Prince Edward, housing crisis and visit a subdivided house and cage house
– Sham Shui Po, lunch or food tasting at one of the most local districts in Hong Kong
– Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnary, Buddhism and how architecture integrates into Buddhism
This is a five hours tour finishing at Diamond Hill MTR station. You can extend this tour by adding:
– Fortune Telling at Wong Tai Sin (+1 hour)
– Kowloon Walled City (+1 hour)
– Shopping at Kwai Chung (+1 hour)
– Lion Rock Hike (+3 hour)
– Hong Kong Island (+5 hour)
Tour Fee: HKD 400 per hour for a group of 2. Additional HKD 50 per hour for each additional person. Kids younger than 13 travels free! 1 hour is added for Hotel Pickup (except Airport Hotels), 1.5 hour is added for meeting at Airport Arrival Hall (and Airport Hotels).
Itinerary: The actual itinerary may be adjusted to reflect the opening hours of the attractions. We are also happy to adjust the itinerary to your preference as long as it falls within the tour duration.
Luggage Handling: If you need to store your luggage, there is a baggage storage facility next to Arrival Hall A. More information here.
Exclusion: Fee does not include cost of food and transportation.
Weather Cancellation: Please note the tour may be canceled if typhoon signal 8 or red/black rain signal is hoisted. 100% refund it will be provided for weather cancellation.
General Cancellation: 100% refund will be provided if cancellation is made more than 7 days in advance. 50% refund otherwise.