Private Kowloon Street Food & Culture Tour
Durations: 4 Hour(s)
Group Size: 1+
Languages: Chinese (Mandarin)
A 4-hour exploration of Kowloon after dark. See the city at its grittiest and most captivating. Learn about the Walled City, tour the frantic streets of Mong Kok, and admire Victoria Harbour from the glamorous district of Tsim Sha Tsui.
When the sun sets and the humidity starts to ebb, Hong Kong really comes alive! Join us on a night tour of Kowloon, affectionately known as the â€˜Dark Sideâ€™ of Hong Kong, and see the city at its grittiest and most captivating. Over the course of the night tour, we will undertake an in-depth exploration of Kowloon, learning about its history, including just how it became a part of the British empire and its transformation through to the modern day.Â
Private night tours can be booked for any day of the week and can start at any time between 3 pm and 5 pm. Your night tour lasts 4 hours, 5 hours if you book the tour and also require a hotel pick-up.
The night tour starts with a visit to Kowloon Walled City Park, the former site of the notorious Kowloon Walled City slum. The slum that grew up within the Kowloon Walled City was the most densely populated area ever to exist on planet earth. A sprawling shanty town, ostensibly under the control of China, and thus left unpoliced by the British, it was almost entirely outside the law. Building codes and health and safety codes were entirely disregarded, resulting in the construction of dozens of ramshackle multi-story buildings. The laneways through the slum were so dank and dingy that residents routinely moved from rooftop to rooftop to get around! Life in the Walled City was well documented by documentary filmmakers, photographers, social scientists and the international press. It was featured in the 1988 cult film Bloodsport, and Jackie Chan fans will know it from his popular film Crime Story.
Today, a peaceful park is located where the Walled City slum once stood. We will visit the park and discover how the slum came into existence â€” and what really went on inside it.
From Kowloon Walled City Park, our walking tour takes us into Kowloon City, which is known as â€˜Hong Kongâ€™s Little Thailandâ€™. Here we will try traditional Thai street food, as well as a local Cantonese delicacy from one of Hong Kongâ€™s most famous and beloved bakeries.
Our night tour adventure continues in Mong Kok, a district famous for its shopping, markets and glimmering neon lights. It is also a centre of Triad (criminal gang) activity in Hong Kong. It is here that we will learn more about organized crime in Hong Kong whilst we relax with a cold beer. We will then explore the bustling streets of Mong Kok, taking in the famous Goldfish Market, electronics streets and Ladies Market. We will explain what is going on inside the masses of high rise buildings surrounding the markets. Prostitution, illegal gambling and subdivided living is all rife in the Mong Kok district.
From the gritty and frantic streets of Mong Kok, we make our way to the more glamorous district of Tsim Sha Tsui on the peninsula of Kowloon. Here we visit Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated 17 story building built in the 1960â€™s full of cheap guesthouses and cut-rate businesses in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate in Hong Kong. A social scientist wrote a book about the building after conducting a 3-year study on it and the thousands of people that pass through it every day. We will talk about the building and its fascinating story.
From the cheapest place to sleep in Hong Kong, we cross the road and visit one of the most expensive places to sleep; The Peninsula hotel. This beautiful art deco building holds its own dark story which will discuss. Continuing we come to Hullett House, another historic building, constructed in 1884 and previously occupied by the Marine Police.Â
Our tour ends at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where we discuss the history and development of the Hong Kong skyline from the early 1800s to the present day. Four-hour tours starting at 4 pm will finish just in time for the 8 pm light show!
Snacks and drinksÂ
Public transportation used during your walking tour
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (unless booked as the 5 hours tour)
Not wheelchair accessible
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
5 miles (8km) of walking required
Not suited for people with mobility restrictions
Please drink plenty of water before your tour. It is very easy to become dehydrated in Hong Kong and we need you with good energy levels as there is a lot of walking. Please bring a bottle of water with you and an umbrella which is good for keeping both the sun and rain off. Donâ€™t forget your camera, there will be lots to take pictures of. Please have a late lunch as you will not have the opportunity to have a full dinner until after the tour.
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 48 hours or less before event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before event