PRIVATE KOWLOON street food & culture TOUR
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. Over the course of the night tour, we will undertake an in-depth exploration of Kowloon, discovering Michelin rated street food, immersing ourselves in the local culture and learning about Kowloon’s history. We’ll cover everything from the past to the present, explaining Kowloon’s transformation through to the modern day.
Private night tours can be booked for any day of the week and can start at any time between 3 pm and 5 pm. Your night tour lasts 4 hours, 5 hours if you book the tour and also require a hotel pick-up.
Michelin Star street food tour.
An in-depth exploration of Kowloon.
Hotel pick-up available.
The night tour starts with a food tour of Sham Shui Po’s best street food. We start with a serving of pork and leek dumplings, thought to bring prosperity to the eater. Freshly made on site every day you will not find a better Potsticker!
Next its a portion of silky smooth tofu pudding topped with a spoon full of cane sugar. This tofu is so good that even people that ‘do not like tofu’ love it! In business since 1893 these guys are genuine masters of their craft.
Around the next corner is a local bakery that found its way into the Michelin Guide. Take you pick from bowl puddings, steamed sugar cakes, fried sesame seed balls and more. Heck, why not try them all!
Ending our foodie exploration is a portion of cheong fun, or rice noodle roll. Doused in sweet sauce, sesame sauce and soy sauce this local comfort food will delight. Recommended by the Michelin Guide this is another local eat that you’ll be writing home about.
As we make our way around Sham Shui Po we’ll give you an insight into the real Hong Kong and what life is like for the vast majority of the population, living outside of the glitzy districts of Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. We’ll talk about Hong Kong’s housing crisis and the costs / standard of living.
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. 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 peninsula 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 relax with a cold beer and discuss the history and development of the Hong Kong skyline from the early 1800s to the present day. Four-hour tours starting at 4 pm will finish just in time for the 8 pm light show!
All prices listed are in HK$ and are the total price for the tour.
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Prices include 1 drink per person (beer / wine / soft drinks) and serval local foodie delights. . 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. You can bring a maximum of 12 people on your tour. For numbers over 9 people please add HK$400 per person. There is a small surcharge of HK$200 for anyone aged between 7 and 11 years old.
Like all Hello Hong Kong tours this is a walking tour. You need to be able to walk 5 miles / 8 km at a reasonable speed to join this city tour. It is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.
WHEN/Time: Private night tours can run on any day of the week, can start any time between 3 pm and 5 pm and last 4 hours. If you are booking a private tour and would like to be met in your hotel lobby you will need to add an extra hour on when booking.
STARTING POINT: Sham Shui Po MTR station (directions sent upon booking). If you book a private tour and add on an extra hour we can meet you in your hotel lobby.
END POINT: Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront (next to the Star Ferry). 4 hour tours starting at the 4 pm finish just in time for the famous 8 pm light show!
WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable shoes.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: All tours take place as scheduled except under Red/Black storm warning or Typhoon #8 or above. For up to date information see the Hong Kong Observatory website.