The Confucian culture and display of shrines.

Sightseeing in Hong Kong – The close ties to death

The Confucian culture emphasises respect for one’s parents, elders and ancestors. With this in mind, the sight of ancestral shrines on our walking tours in Hong Kong, are not rare. These shrines are dedicated to deified ancestors and progenitors of surname lineages or families in the Chinese traditional religion. Depending on the ethnic background these temple settings may vary. Your well informed Hello Hong Kong tour guide will be able to tell you more about it on your Hong Kong sightseeing!

 

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The best way to invite for tea!

Hong Kong Food Tour – The Yum Cha

When you are on our food tour in Hong Kong you will get to experience “Yum Cha”. This is a Chinese style brunch that involes drinking tea (Yum Cha! literally: Drink Tea!) and eating Dim Sum. Traditionally, Yum Cha is practised in the mornings or early afternoons. The custom is to pour tea for others first before one’s own cup. Good manners are to be the first to pour tea! So, if you want to impress your Hello Hong Kong Food Tour group and your guide, be the first to pour the tea for everyone! 🙂

 

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Hong Kong City Tours are full of surprises!

Walking Tour Hong Kong – A little jungle within the concrete jungle!

The amazing Hong Kong, where gorgeous green spaces are tucked in amongst the high rises! Hong Kong is famous for its business and nightlife. To balance out their fast paced lives, the Hong Kongese have many parks and greenery to recharge in the midst of concrete. This picture is of Hong Kong Park which is situated on Hong Kong Island just behind the bustling business district. You will be surprised how much wildlife and ecology Hong Kong has to offer; start discovering it on one of our Hong Kong Local Tours!

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Book your Private Tours Hong Kong to visit Tai O!

Hong Kong Private Tours – Venice meets Orient, Tai O, Lantau Island

Truly, the Venice of the Orient.

Tai O is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly knit community that literally lives on the water. You can visit Tai O on one of our Tours of Lantau.

 

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Spotted at the MTR in the Central District on Hong Kong City Tour

Hong Kong Local Tour – Useful inventions in Hong Kong

Hong Kong weather can be full of surprises sometimes. Did you forget your umbrella? Do not fret! Buy it using your Octopus card at the MTR during our private tours in Hong Kong!!

 

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Spotted on hong kong local tour at Sham Shui Po

Hong Kong private tour – The sights of Sham Shui Po

Sham Shui Po is a favourite on our Hong Kong private tours. It is one of the least developed most authentic areas of the city. This picture of the pig delivery man on the streets of Sham Shui Po was captured by Instagrammer each.el_tan and came in in 13th place if the #myhkmoment photo competition. Ask us if you want to include Sham Shui Po in your next Hong Kong City Tour!

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Spirit tablets

These are just some of the spirit tablets in the ancestral hall at Pak Sing temple. The communal hall houses the spirit tablets of many common people who died in Hong Kong but who had no family to come and pay respects to them. Common rituals are offered for all of the spirits housed within it to make sure none of the spirits start to wander and cause mischief.

Designer offerings

It is traditional to burn paper objects at temples around HK. Once these are burned to ash it is said that the gods have received your gift and will repay you in kind. Traditionally gold paper symbolises money, but some people like to get more specific with paper designer bags, cars and houses all on offer!

Hungry Ghosts

If you walk through the streets you may see people making food offerings and burning things on the side of the street. This is for the Hungry Ghost Festival.

The Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month. You can find the Western calendar date here.

According to traditional Chinese belief, the seventh month in the lunar calendar is when restless spirits roam the earth. Many Chinese people make efforts to appease these transient ghosts, while ‘feeding’ their own ancestors — particularly on the 15th day, which is the Yu Lan or Hungry Ghost Festival.

While the festival’s origins are not unlike those of Halloween in Europe, it is also intrinsically linked to the Chinese practice of ancestor worship. For the visitor, it’s a perfect opportunity to see some of the city’s living culture in action, with many people tending roadside fires and burning faux money and other offerings for ghosts and ancestors to use in the afterlife. Food is also left out to sate the appetite of the hungry ghosts.

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