A one-time British outpost and now a proud member of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong has had a long and fascinating history that is mapped out in its streets. Enjoy a lively guided tour led in small groups of no more than 12 people.
What to Expect
Once a British outpost and now a proud member of People's Republic of China, Hong Kong has had a long and fascinating history. The history of the last century for both Hong Kong and China is mapped out in its streets for those who know where to look.
Experience how a fusion of extremely different cultures has shaped Hong Kong today from its architecture and art right through to its mind set of the people who call it home. You’re sure to leave this tour with an insight and understanding that enhances the rest of your stay.
Kick off the tour from Sheung Wan where at Possession Point the British first took Hong Kong. Witness the extreme urbanisation of Hong Kong as you stand on this site that was once part of the shoreline, but is now very much inland. We then walk the Sun Yat-Sen historical trail and see where the founding father of republican China went to school, had his medical training, established the Revive China Society and plotted the revolution against the monarchy.
We then head towards the Victoria City's (as Hong Kong was then called) old administration centre, including the Central police station, the Magistracy and the Victorian Prison Compound. Afterwards, we go see the Fringe Club, housed in the colonial Dairy Farm Building, and famous for its alternative performances and displays by up-and-coming artists.
Stroll down the Duddell Street steps, passing gas lamps as you head over to some of Central’s landmarks, including the Legislative Council building, the Cenotaph, Statue Square and the Court of Final Appeal Building. Stop to admire the Anglican Church St. John’s Cathedral, the oldest Anglican church in the Far East and the only freehold building in the city.
Stroll past Hong Kong Park to see the beautiful Flagstaff House, the onetime residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong, and now home to an impressive display of antique tea ware. Next it’s on to the new Government Headquarters Complex where the ministers, the legislators and the civil servants overlook the city’s famed Victoria Harbour.
We will also see the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is famous as the place where the 1997 Hong Kong sovereignty handover ceremony took place. This popular spot is an ideal place to end this walking tour in Hong Kong, so feel free to explore more of the busy waterfront or to head back into the centre of the city.
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses
- Tips for your guide
Know Before You Go
• Children must be between 6 and 11 years of age to be considered inclusive. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this sightseeing tour.