Before online shopping and supermarkets, retail trade was done at markets. You can’t visit Hong Kong without experiencing its shopping scene!
- Learn about Hong Kong’s ties to the British monarchy at Possession Point.
- Walk the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen historical trail to learn about the founding father of Republican China and hear all about modern Chinese history.
- Admire the historic Western colonial architecture in old Victoria City and gain an insight into how these buildings are being re-used and re-purposed.
- See the Convention and Exhibition Centre from where a famously staged ceremony was broadcasted worldwide and watched by millions.
- Learn about the present and the future of Hong Kong under its new government.
- People Ages 6+
Hong Kong History Tour
You may have been to Hong Kong before but do you know the story of how it came to be? Why was Hong Kong colonized by the British? Why was it handed back to China? What will become of it in 2047, when the ‘no change for 50 years’ promise by Beijing runs out? Join this Hong Kong tour to walk the streets with a local guide who can answer all those questions and more.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for guide.
- Duration: 3.5 hours
- Meeting point: Sheung Wan MTR station Exit B
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- Starting time: 10.00 AM
- Ending point: Admiralty MTR station.
One-time British outpost and now a proud member of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong has had a long and fascinating history. 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.
This tour begins at Sheung Wan, specifically at Possession Point, where the British proclaimed Hong Kong to be part of their empire. It finishes at the Tamar Government Complex in Admiralty, once a dockyard of the Royal British Navy and now the headquarters of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Regional Government.
While this 3.5-hour tour is about the history of Hong Kong, we will also talk about what’s going on now for and where it is heading to in the future. You’re sure to finish this tour with a unique insight and understanding of Hong Kong that will enhance the rest of your stay here.
Dress standard: Comfortable shoes.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: When warning signal on typhoon, rainstorm or thunderstorm is being hoisted by the Hong Kong Observatory, please contact Hong Kong Urban Adventures to discuss arrangements.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Mr. Michael S. from USA travelled on 28 Sep 2019:
Danny was very knowledgeable with excellent presentation style. We learned much more about the city than if we had toured on our own.
Ms. Sara F. from USA travelled on 18 May 2019:
Danni was great. Very hard worker and knowledgeable
Ms. Rebecca I. from Singapore travelled on 14 May 2019:
Danny, thank you for an eye opening walk through Hong Kong. Being there for the first time, I was a blank canvas. By the end of the tour, I had an image of how the Island started, where it is now and where it might be in the future. Your dry humor, insight and love of history made our time very educational and memorable.
A special thanks for giving us your personal time over lunch. It was the best dim sum I had n Hong Kong!
Mr. Pam R. from Australia travelled on 03 May 2019:
Very informative day walking through Hong Kong. A must do if your visiting this city
Mr. Rod B. from Australia travelled on 30 Apr 2019:
Danny is a very knowledgeable and helpful guide, will to share his knowledge with clients., and provide extra information about activities beyond the normal tourist hot spots.
Mr. Howard L. from France travelled on 05 Oct 2018:
I was fortunate enough to have taken two Urban Adventure tours while in Hong Kong. Each leader was knowledgable and enthusiastic. It was apparent they knew their subject well and had put in a great amount of time and energy in preparation.
They made Hong Kong come alive. Their stories allowed me to explore the people and culture and in the end I found my understanding of Hong Kong had increased greatly. They answered each question with enthusiasm and it was apparent they loved their home.
Mr. Stephen B. from USA travelled on 03 May 2018:
Danny was a wealth of information about Hong Kong. Highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in Hong Kong’s complex history.
Mr. Adam S. from Australia travelled on 07 Apr 2018:
Danny’s Enthusiasm is infectious. He’s knowledge, and passion for his home city is fantastic. The tour for me linked all the little bits and pieces I knew about HK together. And added to them. It was a great time.
Ms. Sarah V. from Hong Kong travelled on 02 Jan 2018:
Even though I already live in Hong Kong for more than 10 years, I still learned a lot joining this tour. Danny is a very friendly guy and a pleasant guide. His voice is very strong making sure you can understand him clearly even in the noisy streets of Hong Kong.
Ms. Nancy G. from USA travelled on 02 Nov 2017:
Danny is an excellent guide. He keeps a quick pace, we covered a lot of ground. And he gave us an extra 45 minutes, which I enjoyed.
Mr. hyosook j. from Korea travelled on 02 May 2017:
I enjoyed the tour with Danny,
the lovely old town was amazing!!
Mr. William K. from Canada travelled on 02 Mar 2017:
Danny was a great tour guide. Thank you for such an informative day.
Mr. Theo K. from Australia travelled on 11 Sep 2016:
Danny was very knowledgable on HK….would recommend to a first time Hong Kong visitor.
Ms. Toshiko T. from Japan travelled on 17 Nov 2015:
I enjoyed the tour called The Story of Hong Kong very much. It’s worth to join.
Ms. Lai Ling C. from Hong Kong travelled on 26 Oct 2015:
I did the Story of Hong Kong tour with Danny and enjoyed it so much – we went off the beaten path a little and thus got to see heaps and heaps of interesting sites that we would have completely missed otherwise. Breaks were really well timed and Danny answered all the questions we had and more. I would definitely do another tour and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone in Hong Kong, old or new!
Mrs. Camille G. from Switzerland travelled on 18 Oct 2015:
I had a great time doing this tour in Hong Kong
Mr. David G. from USA travelled on 08 Oct 2015:
Danny did an excellent job of sharing the history of Hong Kong with us.
Ms. Tanya C. from Australia travelled on 08 Nov 2013:
Danny was a great guide and we really enjoyed learning more about Hong Kong’s history. You miss so much walking by yourself it is great to have a local to fill you in on all the details. This was my 3rd urban adventure and I will be sure to book one everytime I travel now as they have all been excellent experiences.
Mr. Andrew B. from travelled on 08 Nov 2013:
Danny was brilliant … fantastic tour!
Mr. Donald R C. from Canada travelled on 06 Nov 2012:
Urban Adventures tours have always given great value for money, and this experience again confirmed that. Jennifer was personable, enthusiastic and informative. She was even kind enough to escort me to the subway at the end of the tour. Thanks!
Mr. Ian M. from travelled on 18 Oct 2012:
We have done walking tours all over the world Danny was one of the best guides we have ever had. He was willing to engage us ina wide range of topics, especially in local politics and administration. He has a warm and humorous style. Danny really knows his subject. The tour wasa delight. We recommend it and danny highly.
Ms. Debra P. from Canada travelled on 16 Sep 2012:
A memorable insightful experience, guide was extremely knowledgeable and tour went at an enjoyable pace. Would definitely book again. Thanks.