1. China
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Yau Tsim Mong District

Kowloon: The Dark Side of Hong Kong Walking Tour

Product ID: 142404
Explore the areas of Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po and see how the people of Hong Kong really live. See how poverty and high living costs impact Hong Kong and explore three local markets that are in decline.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit several local markets in Kowloon and learn why they are in decline
  • Understand the reality of living in Hong Kong
  • Finish the tour in Sham Shui Po market where the day to day life of a local begins
Full description
When you visit Hong Kong, you must think Hong Kong is a city of prosperity: the beautiful skyline in Victoria Harbor, the men in suits and the many Tesla you see on the road. Underneath this prosperity is a capitalist system that has made basic living unaffordable. This tour is about revealing this unjust system. After this tour, you will not look at the Victoria Harbor the same way.

Meet your guide at the Mong Kok MTR station and set off on your 2.5-hour walking tour in Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po. The first hour of the walking tour will focus on several local markets in Mong Kok and Prince Edward area. Visit the Goldfish Market and learn how the real estate market transforms the goldfish market and where to look for the exotic animals.

The next hour and a half of the tour focuses on the housing crisis in Hong Kong. Visit the Boundary Street Sport Center and hear about the housing crisis in Hong Kong. Pass Portland Street and tenement housing and see how Hong Kong maintains its capitalist system. Try tradional Chinese herbal tea at Lui Seng Chun and hear the guide's story on how an average Hong Konger survives in a big city like this. Lastly, you will be shocked by the gentrification process in the middle of the poorest neighborhood in Hong Kong when you pass by Tung Chau Street.

The tour ends at Sham Shui Po - Pei Ho Street wet market. It is recommended to spend some time in the neighborhood at Sham Shui Po after the tour ends.

Includes
  • Professional local guide
  • Local restaurant recommendations
  • Booking fee
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Outside Mong Kok MTR Station Exit B3

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that in order to tell the story, this tour will be going to the poor area of town. If you do not seek knowledge into the darker side of Hong Kong, then this is not the right tour for you.
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• This tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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This was an extremely interesting insight into the side not normally seen by tourists, particularly looking at the housing situation in a very crowded Hong Kong. S.P. was a great guide showing us the area with a lot of local knowledge and willing to answer all questions. There was a walk through the animal market, flower market and the bird market as well which started the tour off. There is a little walking but not onerous but wear comfortable shoes. Do not go if you are easily upset by seeing homeless people on the streets or if you may get upset by the living conditions seen.

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January 21, 2020

Well, but not next time via GetYourGuide

The tour is actually a FreeCity tour. I am willing to pay something, even on a FreeCityTour. But thanks that the price at Getyour Tour is too high if you find out on the tour that most of the others have not paid anything, or just tip. At least it should be mentioned on GetYourGuide that it is a free tour.

May 8, 2019

Interesting and also a little heartbreaking

Our guide was brilliant, he was funny and interactive (Ami i think his name was). We saw parts of Hong Kong that we may not have as this tour is not something that Google suggests as one of the top things to do. Visiting the slum areas was the heartbreaking part, if you ever feel as though life is not good for you, this visit most certainly puts life into perspective. I wish I could do more to help the people of Hong Kong.

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February 22, 2019

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Hong Kong Free Tours

Product ID: 142404