Private Kowloon Michelin Star Street Food & Culture Tour - Hong Kong

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    03:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Sham Shui Po Station, Hong Kong
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up from all hotels in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
    A surcharge applies for airport pick up (layover tour), pick up from airpor.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Hong Kong
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Takea 4-hour private walking night tour of Kowloon, affectionately known as the Dark Side of Hong Kong, and see the city at its grittiest and most captivating.When the sun sets and the humidity starts to ebb, Hong Kong really comes alive. Enjoy a Michelin rated food tour of Sham Shui Po, trying Hong Kong's most loved street foods and comfort foods. Explore Mong Kok, the Goldfish Market, Ladies Market and Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where you will watch the Hong Kong light show. Private night tours are just for you and your friends and family. No one else willbe on the tour.

Highlights

Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Great overview and orientation of the city

See the sights illuminated at night

Know More about this tour

Your private 4-hour night tour can start anytime between 3pm and 5pmat Lok Fu MTR (subway) station. A hotel pick-up can be arranged if required.

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 the planet. A sprawling shanty town, ostensibly under the control of China, and thus left unpoliced by the British, it was almost entirely outside the law. 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. Visit the park and discover how the slum came into existence and what really went on inside it.

From Kowloon Walled City Park, the walking tour takes youto into Kowloon City, which is known as Hong Kongs Little Thailand. Here youwill try a traditional Thai street food, as well as a local Cantonese delicacy from one of Hong Kongs 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 inthe 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 1960s full of cheap guesthouses and cut-rate businesses. 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!

Inclusions

Professional guide

Public transportation used during your walking tour

Snacks - Steamed rice noodle rolls, sesame cake, sesame ball, dumplings and pot stickers, sweet tofu and tofu platter

Bottled water - and local beverages

Exclusions

Gratuity and Hotel pick-up and drop-off (unless booked a 5 hour with pick up included)

Pickup from airport or airport hotel (HK$173 per person)

Note: This is a walking tour even if you book a hotel pick-up

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

5 miles (8km) of walking required

Not suited for people with mobility restrictions

Not suitable for children

Minimum age is 16 years (younger is permitted at your own discretion)

If you wish to book a hotel pick-up this add-on can be invoiced after booking. Please contact the tour operator. hotel pick-ups require an additional hour to be added to your tour and cost HK$300 per group.

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than one week (more than 168 hours) in advance we will give you a full refund (excluding credit card processing charges. If you cancel between 7 days and 2 days (between 167 and 48 hours before) we will give you a 50% refund (excluding any service charge). There are no refunds if you cancel less than 48 hours' notice.

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Traveler Reviews

  • 07-Jun-2022

    Our guide was Mel, a very patient man who knew the area perfectly and spoke excellent English. We've been to HK before, but Mel opened our eyes to the wonders that can be lying just off the beaten path or around the corner from the familiar. Besides showing us the best markets for shopping like Fok Wing market and Pekho Street market (no tourist trap markets like Temple Street, these are the real deal), we had an absolutely amazing time trying the local dishes that have won either a Michelin star or other awards for the best in the world. Our favorites included the rice rolls at Hop Yik Tai, and the dumplings made in front of you at Yuen Fong by a sweet old lady. I could go on and on, but you just have to experience it for yourself. Mel also told us about HK in general, opened our eyes to the culture and the struggles they face, and explained life from their point of view for different providences. It was a very, very enlightening tour and I recommend it to no end. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • 02-May-2021

    We booked this tour as part of a birthday surprise for my husband, and ended up learning about the rich and often dark past of Kowloon. All of us have lived in HK for a number of years, so it was a real treat to embark on a walking tour of discovery in our home city. Mel was a great host who was thoughtful, engaging and very patient with all of our needs and we enjoyed great conversation from a seasoned local the entire time. I don’t want to give away any further details for anybody considering the tour themselves, but definitely a highly recommended activity in this period of limited travel abroad for those residing in HK, and certainly a must-do for future visitors! Thanks Mel for guiding us with such hospitality.

  • 07-Jul-2020

    We live in Hong Kong but decided to do this tour not being able to travel over summer due to COVID. It was great to be a tourist in our own city. Mel was a fantastic guide and explained so much that we didn’t know about the city. We also tried some delicious food spots we wouldn’t have found otherwise. Highly recommended - I’ve already suggested this to a number of friends also living in Hong Kong.

  • 23-Nov-2019

    I had an absolute ball of a time (5 hours) with Mel who introduced me to Kowloon and it’s treasures. Was expecting a standard agenda of being taken to some of the well known markets (which we did visit), but instead was treated to a tailor made journey based on my interests in HK films and tv, people and culture, and of course Cantonese food ... We meandered through markets but also backstreets and council housing to discuss the different tiers of living standards in the city. I had a plethora of questions ranging from the serious to popular culture, and Mel was always able to answer with insight, and would even make side trips to help explain. Yet I have to especially commend Mel for taking me to a couple of DVD stores to help me find rare movies, and even weighed in with translation with the store owners! Did not expect this at all. Overall it felt like an outing with a good friend rather than an organised tour. Would do this again in a heartbeat!

  • 20-Aug-2019

    Took this tour as a solo private tour and enjoyed it a lot. Ryan, my guide was very knowlegable and a born and raised Hong Konger. He told about many different aspects of living in Hong Kong back in the days and also recently. The tour includes some walking, and throughout he provided drinks and snacks that kept me going. It is really a great way to get a feel for this part of the city and understand the dynamics and whats going on. Thank you Ryan!

  • 13-Jun-2019

    Our Hong Kong Night Tour with Mel was a great success. He showed us things we would never have discovered on our own and brought the history of Kowloon to life for us. Great tour, great tour guide, what more can I say.

  • 13-Apr-2019

    Working with Hello Hong Kong is terrific. From inquiry to tour summary they are customer friendly. They even post your guide’s picture and bio on their website so you know who will be taking you around before you even meet. On first guide was Mel and he introduced us to Kowloon and its lively street markets. We tasted delicious Hong Kong fare at Michelin recommended food shops and walked the flower market as he and we shared in interest in flowers. We also learned a bit of Hong Kong’s history and saw some prime real estate as well as difficult living conditions. Mel amplified his explanations with pictures on an iPad. We traveled on public transportation and all went smoothly. Our evening ended with watching the light show on the river. Mel positioned us by the loud speakers to enhance our experience. We were pleasantly surprised later that evening when we got a lovely email from Mel summarizing what we had done together.

  • 06-Apr-2019

    We booked a small group tour prior to arriving in Hong Kong. Unfortunately there was a small hiccup, but honestly this company then couldn’t do enough to fix the issue. Our tour then became a private one for the 2 of us. Our guide-Ryan was truly amazing. He listened to what we wanted and then tailored the tour around our needs. We packed so much into this time that we ended up having a spare day to do other things we hadn’t planned. Ryan gave us plenty of helpful tips and ideas so we could maximise our time. He was also a brilliant photographer, taking photos of us and then sending them to us along with notes of what we had done and other ideas for us to consider. We got back to the hotel truly exhausted but wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks Ryan!

  • 24-Feb-2019

    We really enjoyed out tour with Ryan. He was most informative and interesting. We gained an insight into areas of Kowloon that were previously unknown to us. Highly recommend this tour to get a great feel for Kowloon's past and present.

  • 08-Mar-2018

    we had fun seeing the kowloon cemetery and the walled city that we didn't even know existed. we learned a lot about hong kong history. mel was very informative and knowledgable. the food we tried was excellent. I enjoyed seeing all of the markets and I liked how mel showed me where I could find candy, ceramics and chinese new year decorations for the best prices.