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Discover Hong Kong’s rollicking history, from bandits and opium to rebirth under China, as traced through the buildings, open spaces and waterfront!
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.
At Possession Point, where Hong Kong became part of the empire, to the spot where sovereignty was handed over in 1997, the history of Hong Kong as a crown colony lies before you.
On the wide stone steps at Duddell Street, you’ll find old-style lamps that were built between 1875 and 1889 and are the only four original gas lamps remaining in Hong Kong.
You’ll learn about Sun Yat-Sen, founding father of the Republic of China, whose life as medical student and revolutionary is as fascinating as the history of Hong Kong!
Tuesday & FridayDuration
3.5 hoursStart time
Please make your way to the Sheung Wan MTR station Exit (B) (4 minutes from Central and 12 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui by MTR).
So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 10 minutes early.
Admiralty MTR station
The fascinating The Story of Hong Kong: Historic Walking Tour traces the history of a remarkable city from bandits and opium to rebirth under its giant neighbor.
The adventure begins when you make your way to the Sheung Wan MTR station and meet your guide at station Exit B. On this walking tour, you’ll discover the path this one-time British outpost took to become a proud member of People's Republic of China.
The tour kicks off from Sheung Wan where, at Possession Point, the British first took Hong Kong. Witness the extreme urbanization of Hong Kong as you stand on this site that was once part of the shoreline, but is now very much inland. You will 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.
You will then head towards the old administration center of Victoria City (as Hong Kong was then called), including the Central police station, the Magistracy and the Victorian Prison Compound. Afterwards, you’ll 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 old-fashioned gas lamps as you head 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 to nearby Hong Kong Park to see the beautiful Flagstaff House, the one-time 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. You will also see the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre which is famous as the place where the 1997 Hong Kong sovereignty hand-over ceremony took place. This popular spot is an ideal place to end this walking tour in Hong Kong, so you can choose to explore the busy waterfront further or head back into the center of the city.
Upon conclusion of the tour, you will be dropped at Admiralty MTR station. From here, you will need to make your own arrangements to get back to your accommodation.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
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If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
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This activity is adults (and older children) only. Little ones under the age of 6 years will have to sit this one out, we’re afraid.