NIGHT TOUR

NIGHT TOUR – AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION OF KOWLOON

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 ‘Dark Side’ of Hong Kong, and see the city at its grittiest and most captivating.

This tour is offered as either a private tour (only you and your family / friends) or as a small group tour (a mixed group of visitors). We take a maximum of 8 people on the small group version of the tour.  Information on availability and pricing for both options can be found below.

 

TOUR ITINERARY 

Your night tour lasts 4 hours, 5 hours if you book a private tour and also require a hotel pick-up.

Small group night tours run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and start at 4pm at Lok Fu MTR (subway) station. Private night tours can be booked for any day of the week and can start at any time between 3pm and 5pm.

 

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.

 

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 film makers, 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—and what really went on inside it.

Check out this 2.5 minute clip from Bloodsport for a sense of what it was like to walk through the laneways of the Walled City. 

 

From Kowloon Walled City Park, our walking tour takes us to into Kowloon City, which is known as ‘Hong Kong’s Little Thailand’.  Here we will try a traditional Thai street food, as well as a local Cantonese delicacy from one of Hong Kong’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 center 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 and electronics streets.

 

From the frantic streets of Mong Kok, we make our way to the quiet back streets of Yau Ma Tei, a district that has been a centre of prostitution in Hong Kong from the 1800s right through to the present day.  On the surface, Yau Ma Tei is a fairly gritty, run-down neighbourhood…but once you peel away the layers, there is a fascinating history to discover.  Here, we will explore the heritage-listed fruit market dating back to 1913 and a lovely 1920s art-deco theatre that has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

Traversing the back streets and local parks of Yau Ma Tei, we will discuss the legalities and illegalities of prostitution and gambling in Hong Kong.

Our night tour concludes at Temple Street Night Market where you can enjoy some souvenir shopping and dinner at one of the many down-to-earth street-side restaurants lining the pavements.

 

PRICING

Small group night tours: HK$800 per person running every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The cost of the Hong Kong night tour includes 2 drinks per person (beer / wine / soft drinks) and a snack. Prices listed do not include the costs of transport to get to and from the start and end points of the tour but do include the costs of public transport used during the tour.

Private night tours: Available 7 days per week and priced as follows:

 

pricing chart for night tours of hong kong.

 

All prices listed are in Hong Kong $ and are the TOTAL price for the night tour and NOT the price per person. They include 2 drinks per person (beer / wine / soft drinks) and a snack. Prices listed do not include the costs of transport to get to and from the start and end points of the tour but do include the costs of public transport used during the tour. If you book a private tour and would like to be picked up from your hotel you will need to add on an extra hour when booking. Extra hours cost HK$300 in total for the entire group. For numbers over 8 please add HK$350 per person.

 

IMPORTANT  

Like all Hello Hong Kong tours this is a walking tour. You need to be able to walk 5miles / 8km at a reasonable speed to join this city tour. It is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Due to the adult content of this tour it is NOT suitable for children. Guests must be at least 16 years of age.

 

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  • Walk through the streets of Mong Kok on your personalised night tour of kowloon and soak up the atmosphere of the neon lights.
  • Pass through the South Gate to the infamous Kowloon Walled City Park on your private night tour of Hong Kong. Get your tour guide to take your picture as you pass through this historic monument.
  • The question that we all want to know is did Don aka The Don and your private tour guide like the stinky tofu which he ate on the hong kong night tour?
  • The original wall to the Kowloon Walled City was destroyed by the Japanese during the second world war. You will learn on your night tour what the wall was used for and how it was restored.
  • join your privater tour guide in Hong Kong for a health boosting cup of herbal tea at the end of your night tour.
  • The market is at its busiest in the early hours of the morning, when we pass through it on the night tour of hong kong at about 7.30pm it is completely deserted!
  • At night Hong Kong truly comes to life and the best way to see it is on a walking tour of the city. A night tour is a great way to soak up the atmosphere of the city at night in the comfort of a small group tour environment.
  • The night tour of Hong Kong passes through the Kowloon City fish (wet market) and it is a great opportunity to learn about the foodstuffs coming into Hong Kong.
  • During your night tour of Kowloon we discuss the history of the Kowloon Walled city fort. Pictured here are the remains of the flagstone path that led into the city.
  • During your walking tour in Hong Kong we call into a give yard and learn about what we do with the dead in Hong Kong. It is an interesting topic!
  • Private tour guide Jess tries the stinky tofu during one of her night tours in Kowloon. The big question is, did she like it!?
  • See the neon lights of Kowloon on an access all areas night tour of Hong Kong. See what goes on at Temple Street night market behind the stalls!
  • Explore the guts of the historic fruit market at night, on your night tour, when there is no one else there!
  • Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market is at its busiest between 2am and 6am, explore it at night on our night tour of kowloon
  • If you are feeling brave enough you can try stinky tofu on your Hong Kong night tour!
  • Visit Kowloon City on your Kowloon night tour and learn about Little Thailand in Hong Kong.
  • join our night tour of hong kong and explore the famous goldfish market in Mong Kok

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The question that we all want to know is did Don aka The Don and your private tour guide like the stinky tofu which he ate on the hong kong night tour?

 

Private tour guide Jess tries the stinky tofu during one of her night tours in Kowloon. The big question is, did she like it!?

Our tour guides Jess and Don try the Stinky Tofu…. will you be brave enough? 

(This is not the snack included in the tour, the snacks are actually delicious, this is an extra for the more adventurous!)

 

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Learn the history of Kowloon Walled City on a night tour of Hong Kong.

Learn the history of Kowloon Walled City and how a simple fortified generals office (pictured) became the site of one of the worlds biggest slums. 

 

learn about the Kowloon Walled City slum on your night tour of Hong Kong. Pictured here is a scale model of the Walled City.

Discover what went on inside the Kowloon Walled City; who lived there and what life was like. Pictured is a scale model of the slum.

 

Visit Kowloon City on your Kowloon night tour and learn about Little Thailand in Hong Kong.

Explore Kowloon City, Hong Kong’s ‘Little Thailand’.

 

See Hong Kong when it comes to life, at night, on your private night tour of Kowloon.

See Hong Kong at night, when it really comes to life. Explore the neon lit streets in Kowloon.

join our night tour of hong kong and explore the famous goldfish market in Mong Kok

Visit the famous Goldfish Market in Mong Kok and learn about the feng shui of fish! 

Yau Ma Tei Theater went from showing silent films to soft porn. Now it shoes cantonese opera. Learn about its history on a night tour of Hong Kong.

Yau Ma Tei’s Theatre has a dubious history; learn about it and other seedy sides of Hong Kong life.

If you are feeling brave enough you can try stinky tofu on your Hong Kong night tour!

See Hong Kong’s popular street food stalls and if you are feeling brave… try the stinky tofu! 

Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market is at its busiest between 2am and 6am, explore it at night on our night tour of kowloon

Visit Kowloon’s Wholesale Fruit Market; a grade II listed building. Learn about food imports to Hong Kong and monopoly licensing. 

Explore the guts of the historic fruit market at night, on your night tour, when there is no one else there!

Access all areas with Hello Hong Kong and explore the fruit market at night, the only time it’s deserted!   

See the neon lights of Kowloon on an access all areas night tour of Hong Kong. See what goes on at Temple Street night market behind the stalls!

Explore Temple Street night market; there is more for sale here than you might realise!   

Gambling in Hong Kong is illegal, with the exception of 4 types. Discover how to gamble in Hong Kong on your private night tour.

Discover the in’s and out’s of gambling in Hong Kong; whats legal and whats illegal. Find out what goes on in buildings like this. 

join your privater tour guide in Hong Kong for a health boosting cup of herbal tea at the end of your night tour.

Join your guide for a health boosting cup of herbal tea at the end of your night tour!