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.
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 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 peninsular of Kowloon. Here we visit Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated 17 story building built in the 1960’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.
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 present day. Four hour tours starting at 4pm will finish just in time for the 8pm light show!
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:
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.
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.