The fascinating The Story of Hong Kong: Historic Walking Tour traces the history of a remarkable city from bandits and opium to rebirth under its giant neighbor.
The adventure begins when you make your way to the Sheung Wan MTR station and meet your guide at station Exit B. On this walking tour, you’ll discover the path this one-time British outpost took to become a proud member of People's Republic of China.
The tour kicks off from Sheung Wan where, at Possession Point, the British first took Hong Kong. Witness the extreme urbanization of Hong Kong as you stand on this site that was once part of the shoreline, but is now very much inland. You will then walk the Sun Yat-Sen historical trail and see where the founding father of republican China went to school, had his medical training, established the Revive China Society and plotted the revolution against the monarchy.
You will then head towards the old administration center of Victoria City (as Hong Kong was then called), including the Central police station, the Magistracy and the Victorian Prison Compound. Afterwards, you’ll see the Fringe Club, housed in the colonial Dairy Farm Building, and famous for its alternative performances and displays by up-and-coming artists. Stroll down the Duddell Street Steps, passing old-fashioned gas lamps as you head to some of Central’s landmarks, including the Legislative Council building, the Cenotaph, Statue Square and the Court of Final Appeal Building.
Stop to admire the Anglican Church St. John’s Cathedral, the oldest Anglican church in the Far East and the only freehold building in the city. Stroll to nearby Hong Kong Park to see the beautiful Flagstaff House, the one-time residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong, and now home to an impressive display of antique tea ware.
Next it’s on to the new Government Headquarters Complex where the ministers, the legislators and the civil servants overlook the city’s famed Victoria Harbour. You will also see the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre which is famous as the place where the 1997 Hong Kong sovereignty hand-over ceremony took place. This popular spot is an ideal place to end this walking tour in Hong Kong, so you can choose to explore the busy waterfront further or head back into the center of the city.
Upon conclusion of the tour, you will be dropped at Admiralty MTR station. From here, you will need to make your own arrangements to get back to your accommodation.